“Selecting a wedding dress is more than just a fitting. It’s a process– a memory in the making.”
– Olivelli Cape Town
Choosing a beach wedding dress is one of the most exciting things in the planning stage of every bride-to-be. Perhaps you’ve always wanted a beach wedding and now everything is falling into place except your dress.
Sometimes, it’s not the lack of designs that’s the problem but the wide variety of gowns to choose from can be overwhelming.
The wedding dress industry has evolved over the years from high-end designers bringing new trends every year to small town rental places creating unique designs. And that only means one thing. There is always a dress that will suit your style, budget and needs.
Because we know that finding your perfect dress can be time consuming, we have come up with this ultimate guide for choosing the best beach wedding dress to help you enjoy the selection process so you can keep calm and love the dress!
Set a Budget for Your Beach Wedding Dress
There is no limit as to how much you spend on your beach wedding dress which is why it’s important to set an overall budget for your wedding. This way, you will be able to allocate a mini budget for each cost, including your dress. If you’re eyeing an expensive designer dress, you might want to set a larger budget for it in your overall expenses.
Tip: Do your research and visit or inquire about dress costs so you will have an idea how much your budget will be. Always set a budget higher than what they charge so you have enough if you need to alter or add embellishments to the dress later.
Beach Dress Silhouettes
There is no perfect dress for a beach wedding. It always comes down to what you prefer and the style you’re after. However, choosing a silhouette that flatters your body type is a great idea. If you’re not sure what looks best on you, try different silhouettes and pick the best.
There are 6 common types of wedding dress silhouettes: A-Line or Ball Gown, Mermaid, Trumpet, Sheath or Column, Tea-length and Mini.
For a fairytale princess look, a ball gown would be a magical choice. Mermaid and Trumpet gowns are best for those who want to achieve the illusion of curves. For a classic and timeless look, you’ll never go wrong with Sheath and Tea-length dresses. And for the modern bride, the mini-style wedding dress is a great option over the traditional floor-length gown.
Beach Wedding Dress Fabrics
Considering the location of your wedding when choosing for your dress is a must. A beach wedding can be warm in daylight but chilly as the sun goes down.
Beach wedding dresses come in a wide range of fabrics and depending on what season your wedding date falls, you can choose breathable and lightweight dress on warmer months and thicker fabrics on winter season.
Beach wedding dresses are available in a lot of fabrics but the most commonly used are silk, satin, velvet, chiffon and tulle. The type of fabric used also affects the cost of the dress.
Tip: If you’re on a tight budget, ask the designer if your chosen style comes in different fabrics.
Choosing The Best Beach Wedding Dress
Finding your beach wedding dress is as significant as finding the best venue for this wonderful event in your life. There are so many beach dresses to choose from so it’s very important to do your research before you make a decision. To sum it all up, your budget, wedding location, weather and style preference should be considered when you try on different dress styles.
We hope that this guide will help you find the best beach wedding dress that makes you feel the most like yourself and of course, beautiful.