Perhaps you prefer flip flops or going barefoot than spending your special day attired in a formal gown and heeled shoes. Possibly the thought of struggling in to a pair of pantyhose partnered with other trappings like a long train and an ornate fairy story ball gown makes you cringe. Better still, you planned to have your wedding ceremony on the beach with the stunning seascape as your back drop. Regardless of the reason, you have decided on a beach wedding dress for your special day and the decision making technique can be as overwhelming as selecting a formal wedding gown. There is a sizable selection of bridal gown options however; they can be narrowed down to the following designs: casual, traditional and unconventional. Don't be fooled by the word 'casual'. These v-neck wedding dresses may be simple in design but very elegant in form. Furthermore this design is notably the most comfortable and popular choice. Since sun exposure and humidity are likely to play a significant part in your wedding setting, you are afforded the chance to pick fabrics that are lightweight and breathe.
Fabrics like silk, linen, cotton chiffon or organza are not only suitable for their matchless ability to let air pass through but they are usually very liquid and flattering in form. There's a selection of uncomplicated styles (i.e. strapless, pasta straps, sleeveless, off the shoulder, etc) that will flatter every body shape. Ideally, this casual gown is shorter in length and never includes a train. Salt and sand can wreak havoc on a bridal gown. You will spend the bulk of your time holding up your dress or fighting with it in the breezy ocean air. A knee or tea length gown with a short veil (or no veil at all) is your best choice. if your ceremony and reception takes place along the shoreline.
Our next choice is the traditional wedding gown. Contrary to popular belief, you can still pick to go with a more formal gown in a beach setting. A traditional gown is suitable if the ocean scenery serves as a backdrop (i.e. your ceremony and reception takes place on a cliff overlooking the ocean) or your wedding planner has arranged to offer you the red carpet treatment in a well appointed event tent on the beach. Both you and your guests can get away with being historicallyin the past attired in this setting. It is still recommended that you avoid the ornate, heavily beaded gown made of satin or taffeta chiefly because such a design will look out of place in this particular setting. However, there's lots of formal designs that oftentimes can be altered to make them more functional yet still enchanting for a beach setting.
For example, you could still pick the traditional gown but than have the bodice adorned with heavy beading you might think about a more bold and ornate embroidery. Ask the designer or dress shop clerk for ways that you could adjust the classic fairy story gown so that it is still attractive yet ideal for a ceremony with an ocean backdrop.