The perfect beach wedding dress is usually a column or a-line dress. Both these styles are easy to wear and allows freedom of movement. Look for fabrics that move, are light and won't crease easily as a beach wedding usually requires some travel.
An aline dress literally falls away from the waist in an "A" frame. We simply adore the modern twist on this beach wedding bridal gown. It combines all the essentials of a traditional wedding dress with an A-line silhouette and ruched chiffon. The single strap with flower detail and sweep train add glamour.
Here we have another sleek dress with beautiful dipped back. The jewelled detail framing the back adds glamour to this simple style. The short sweep train is a perfect balance of sophistication and elegance without sacrificing ease of movement. You could literally run down the beach in this beautiful style and still look like a star ;)
The column (or sheath) dress is what we call a straight dress. It hugs the figure around the torso but falls straight down from the waist. Carolina Herrera Spring 2012 gave us a beautiful selection of very sophisticated gowns that kept the cuts simple and elegant but played up the details. Here we have Edie, a classic column dress with jewelled bodice and net detail.
A beach wedding does not mean you have to miss out on beautiful, classic lace. Here Carolina gave us another beautiful column dress with chantilly lace all over. This dress can be kept minimal or you can add a jewelled belt or statement necklace at your reception to kick up the glamour a notch.
Let's not forget the beautiful bridemaids. Keep the same rules in mind when picking dresses for your bridal party. Look for soft, cool colors in beautiful fabrics that are easy to wear.
BEACH BRIDESMAID DRESSES
Full length gowns keep that formal, sophisticated edge. This sweetheart neckline with twist detail adds interest to a simple gown.
One shoulder detail is still a strong trend. Again, it's all about the small details like a little frill and soft pleating. Soft pastels work beautifully in the outdoors against the blue sky.
A tea length dress can be just as sophisticated as a full length gown. Look for beautiful details like sweetheart necklines and belting. The swing skirt on this dress keeps the look light and summery and will be a hit at the after party when the ladies kick up their heels on the dancefloor.
Strapless is not the only way to go. Sleeveless or halterneck dresses are a great alternative. This beautiful bright dress has a wonderful ruffle detail that is flattering and is easy to wear.
R&M @ GoS