8 Tips For Choosing Your Wanderlust-Worthy Wedding Dress
For many people, a destination wedding just makes sense. Although you do have to sacrifice the large family gathering, a ceremony abroad is cheaper and, more importantly, avoids the terrible UK weather. Choosing to neatly wrap up your w-day and honeymoon in one stress-free package seems to make sense, but it does present complications for your wedding dress. So, what’s a girl to do?
Know Your Terrain
If you’re getting married in Norway, you’re not going to be tying the knot in sheer, strapless satin. Likewise, beach weddings aren’t the best places for fur shrugs or long trains. Keep in mind where you’re having the ceremony: you should aim to fit seamlessly into your surroundings and choose a practical gown.
Material and Temperatures
Hot weather means selecting breathable, loose material. On your wedding day, you don’t want to be plagued with itchiness, overheating, or sweat patches – choose breathable fabrics for your gown, if you’re picking a sunny location. Conversely, if the temperatures are set to be sub-zero, go for heavier, thick material, paired with furs or a woolly shrug. Plan for comfort and style.
Your Body Shape
Wherever you are in the world, it’s important that you choose a flattering cut for your body shape. There are plenty of guides online that can give you a rough idea of which style would show off your best bits, but try on a variety of dresses to see which hugs you in all the right places. Don’t just choose whatever is popular or what looked beautiful on your friend.
You don’t want to turn up to your wedding in full Victorian English garb when you’re smack bang in the middle of the Caribbean; it doesn’t reflect your setting at all. Contact local services for accessories, such as flowers for your hair or traditional corsages.
It’s always a nice idea to incorporate local custom into your wedding – you’re in their country, after all! If you want a traditional English ceremony, it’s better to stay at home.
Transporting Your Wedding Dress
Getting your gown across borders is a nightmare. Don’t expect your dress to come out completely unscathed; it’s not designed for long-haul flights. You should be fine, however, if you call the airline in advance. They’ll be able to advise you on making sure your gown travels safely, and if you’re nice enough, they may pull some strings on your behalf. You may have to pay for a seat for your dress.
Tone of the Day
Similar to getting your gown to match your setting, dressing to complement the ceremony’s tone or theme is just as important. A church wedding gives more scope for Catholic extravagance and drama, whereas a laid back, contemporary ceremony calls for simplicity and modernity.
If the theme of your wedding is “retro”, decide which era you’re hoping to replicate and stick by that. Although you want the spotlight to be on you, you don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb at your own wedding either.
This post has been written by Hannah, a lifestyle blogger and bride-to-be. She has contributed this post today for www.knowsleyhallvenue.co.uk, a beautiful stately home wedding venue situated in the English countryside.