Tropical Beach Bride
If you plan on saying your vows with the sea breeze in your hair and Thailand’s soft sand between your toes, selecting the right dress material to suit the tropical surroundings is essential.
If you are feeling emboldened by your choice to break with tradition and jet off to get married on a tropical Thai island, get ready to get even braver with your choice of wedding dress.
Even with fresh sea breezes, the soaring temperatures mean a heavy princess ball gown with a long train will simply not work if you’re planning a beach ceremony.
From selecting the right kind of fabric to choosing a colour that will stand out against the sharp bright sand, we have put together a few tips to guide you through choosing your perfect beach wedding dress.
Finding the Fabric
Many couples planning a wedding in Thailand go for sunset ceremonies to make the best of the peachy-pink hues that light up the sky at the end of the day. However, sunset still comes hand in hand with high temperatures, so it is important to select a cool, lightweight fabric for your wedding dress. Eyelet fabrics are a great choice because of their breathability. ‘I love Oscar de la Renta’s feminine and charming eyelet dress,’ says Rachel Leonard, Fashion Director at Brides magazine. Other great lightweight choices include chiffon, crepe, organza and voile.
Blow them Away, but not you too
Thailand’s invigorating sea breezes will play a large part in keeping you and your guests cool during your beach wedding ceremony. But it is important to bear in mind that you don’t want a dress that gets blown around too much, as you don’t want to be fighting a flowing skirt that won’t sit still as you pose for the photos. Pamela’s Dress is an elegant choice that fits the bill perfectly. Not only does its column shape ensure breeze resistance throughout your wedding ceremony, but the intricate lace detailing adds that all-important bridal accent.
Cool as a Cucumber
Since model Mary Charteris donned her one-of-a-kind Pam Hogg cut-out wedding dress in 2012, brides in search of something extra sexy have followed suit. In fact, cut-out embellishments have exploded in popularity and are great for the beach bride who wants to stay cool on her big day. If you don’t want to go too casual, the Audrey cutout bandange mini dress by Hervé Léger is both graceful and sexy, and its cut-out detailing is sure to keep you cool in tropical temperatures.
Essence of Beach Bride
Gauze is another superb fabric choice for the beach bride who doesn’t want to feel constrained by a structured wedding gown in hot weather. The Essence embroidered silk-gauze dress by Zimmerman, for example, is the perfect marriage of elaborate lacy detailing with a loose yet flattering shape that isn’t going to be too restricting. You may also want to avoid selecting a wedding gown with a long, flowing train that drags on the sand – another reason why Zimmerman’s creation fits the beach wedding bill beautifully.
Colour me Pretty
To stand out from the sand, an increasing number of brides are opting for bright and bold colour palettes when it comes to their wedding frocks. This year, emerald, aqua and mint green hues are set to take destination weddings by storm. Inspired by Thailand’s lush greenery and shimmering azure oceans, brides that select this vibrant colour palette will pose a striking contrast to the sand in all of their photographs. You can also co-ordinate your wedding stationery and décor with this aqua-marine colour theme – from turquoise invitations to jade coloured table centrepieces.
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