There is nothing more romantic than a beautiful beach and with the weather here in the UK being famously unreliable, more and more brides are choosing to hold their nuptials at the seaside.
Whether you've chosen the white sands of the Carribean, palm-fringed beaches of Thailand or the bright blue waters of Ibiza, once you've found your perfect beach destination, the next big task is finding that perfect dress.
While of course there are no real rules when it comes to buying your wedding dress, there are some extra considerations to make if your planning a beach 'do. Check out our tips below and scroll to the bottom to see our shopping picks in the gallery.
Think about the heat
£540, Halston Heritage
Chances are if you’ve chosen a beach wedding, it’s partly due to the guaranteed hot weather so this isn’t the time for heavy fabrics, layers of lace, or all-over embellishment. Instead, look for light and floaty materials (cotton or silk will keep you cool) to avoid ending up looking like a sweaty mess.
Try an unusual shape
£425, Needle and Thread
Most beachside nuptials are normally a more casual affair than a traditional church ‘do so this is your chance to try something a little different to the standard princess style dress. You needn’t restrict your search strictly to bridal brands or wedding shops, you can find some great big day-appropriate dresses within normal ready-to-wear collections - the bonus being they are normally half the price.
Boho is best
Boho styles have soared in popularity in recent years but lend themselves particularly well to destination weddings. Flowing fabrics and floaty sleeves fit perfectly with a laid-back beach vibe.
Don’t dismiss the high street
The high street is a hotbed of affordable wedding wear thanks to bridal ranges from some of our go-to stores - we love the Whistles, Topshop and ASOS collections in particular.
While custom may suggest that wedding = long gown, a floor-length number is not ideal when it comes to saying 'I do' on the beach. Nope, a trailing dress and a sandy beach is not a good combo. Instead why not throw caution to the wind and try a short dress instead?
Buck with tradition
Or how about doing a Solange with a chic white playsuit? An elegant option for a modern bride, and perfect for dancing the night away.
Nova Dress, price on request from Charlie Brear