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Your Guide to the Perfect Beach Wedding Dress

When it comes to planning, most couples first select a venue for the wedding and then determine where they’ll spend their honeymoon. But for some, it’s a single decision.

Destination weddings are dramatic, beautiful, and also in some ways, more convenient for the bride and groom. While there is some risk that less guests will be able to come, for some, destination weddings allow a couple to focus more on their wedding and worry less about planning the honeymoon since they won’t have to travel again.

But if you do opt for a destination wedding, it’s important to select a gown that fits the venue. Princess ball gowns may be gorgeous, but destination weddings, especially beach ones, require more breathable material.

Here’s our guide to the perfect gown for your beach ceremony:

1. Ditch heavy material for lightweight fabrics: Heavy material is not only harder to navigate, it’s a nightmare for warm, humid weather and sandy terrain. Look for gowns made with crepe, charmeuse, chiffon, or organza. What to avoid? Satin, lots of tulle, taffeta and brocade are generally not great choices.

2. Opt for a detail skirt instead of a long train: As elegant as a long train can be, it can be a big mess on a beach, between the sand and wind. Instead of tripping down the aisle, try to get the same effect instead with an intricately detailed skirt. For a bohemian look, try a netted, sheer illusion skirt.

3. Evoke natural beauty with an elongated neckline: Deep necklines are often flattering, but they’re and especially great fit for beach weddings. But instead of a strapless or sleeved look, opt for straps. The look is not only perfect for the beach, but it’s practical, keeping your dress in place but also great for hot days. Thin spaghetti straps exude a casually elegant look: we love especially paired with an embroidered sweetheart bodice, or beaded trim. For a bustier bride who wants just a little extra support, slightly thicker straps offer that extra coverage but still have that beachy vibe. Tapered embroidered straps or illusion and jeweled, these are both great options.

4. Fitted works too: Think a flow, light skirt is your only option? In fact, fitted trumpet and mermaid gowns are great picks because you won’t have to worry so much about the wind. Just make sure you opt for an airy bodice for breath ability. A great example is this ruched bodice ivory trumpet. With a strapless, sweetheart neckline and simple design, it’s not much fuss and high on elegance.

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40+ Amazing Wedding Reception Ideas for Outdoor Weddings

Having an outdoor wedding is very romantic but it can come with a lot of ‘what-if’s’ with the main one being the weather. There is always the chance that it will rain on your wedding day and you will be forced to move it indoors but if you have the perfect day with lots of sunshine, here are some great ideas for the wedding reception.

Venue

One important thing to consider before choosing a venue is whether you will need a tent or not to hold the reception. Having a tent to host the wedding reception will help not having to spend the time continually in the sun. This can result in sunburns for the bride and guests. Some guests may not be able to stand much sunlight. Also, having a tent will be an insurance policy of sorts if the weather turns bad and starts to rain. It will also make it easier to keep the cake from melting under the hot sun. You should also have a backup plan where it can be moved indoors if necessary in case of a bad storm.

You should also look at the available parking because you want to make sure that your guests have a place to park and not have to walk a far distance to get to the reception or drive around looking for a parking spot. If you have the room for parking and such, you can always host the reception in your backyard.

D├ęcor

For a wedding reception outdoors, it is best to keep the decorations to a minimum. As far as decorations are concerned let nature do the talking. Compliment nature with pieces that will enhance its grandeur. Just make sure that any hazardous decorations like lamps or candles are kept out the reach of any children. You also need to make sure anything that has wires is out of the way so no one will trip over them. You can use silk flowers instead of real ones if you would like.

Food and drink

The main thing that will dictate what you serve is your budget. It can be anything from a full sit down dinner to just snacks. It is best to keep it simple but one thing to remember is that it is true that many do judge a wedding by the type of food and drink they serve. For a wedding reception outdoors, you could have a hog roast or a buffet of picnic foods, or finger sandwiches. If there are to be children at the reception make sure that you include food on the menu that will satisfy the little ones.

These are just some ideas you can use when planning a wedding reception for an outdoor wedding.