08292007: Tips for Destination Brides on What to Wear

We’re always receiving questions from brides planning tropical weddings with questions about appropriate attire. Long or short? Traditional or tropical?

We’ve just received some really helpful tips from Toronto-based Luxe Destination Weddings, which specializes in organizing sophisticated destination weddings, on what to wear to your destination wedding. “There are considerations a bride might not have at a wedding at home,” says Tara Soloway of Luxe Destination Weddings. “Not too many brides here have to worry about salt water and sand when posing for photographs!”

Tips for the Destination Bride

1) Go with light, flowy material which will breathe well, preferably without long sleeves, says Soloway. Avoid heavy fabrics like velvets. Bridal boutiques such as Queen Street West’s Lowon Pope can suggest appropriate fabrics and styles.

2) Consider going to shorter or cocktail length. Salt and sand can play havoc with fabrics, especially when you are walking close to the water’s edge. “If you’re a bride with your heart set on a full-length gown and train, be prepared for it to show some wear and tear!” counsels Soloway.

3) Speaking of dress length, you must also consider footwear. High heels might not be appropriate as the terrain might be uneven, or you will be walking on long stretches of beach or lawn. Consider low-heeled sandals, cute flip flops, classic ballet flats or even the barefoot look.

4) For many brides, keeping the dress a secret until the big day is important. Most resorts will hide it away for you, and many will steam it as well.

5) And for him? Think whites and beiges, linens and light cottons. It’s best to avoid black tuxes, formal morning suits, and heavy sports coats, all of which can be unbearably hot in a tropical climate.

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