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Written by Cynthia at Oui Madam Bridal Boutique. Main image by Patricia Goh.

Who has never dreamt of a romantic beach wedding; exchanging vows against a backdrop of crystal blue water, with the sound of waves gently lapping and over lapping onto a sandy beach?

In my opinion, beach weddings are idyllic, once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to create a lasting moment of magic together; not just for bride and groom, but for the entire wedding party. This is simply because there is less pressure for the traditional formalities, leaving you both free to go bold or go home.

With so many different styles of gowns to choose from, there is much more freedom to play around with styling. You can either choose a low key and super casual dress or, make an awesome statement. If you happen to be a fashion forward bride-to-be, you will be spoilt for choice with the range of dresses that are on the available, from bridal jumpsuits to bridal separates, high-low hemlines and everything else in between.

Choosing The Perfect Wedding Dress – Style And Fabric

Beach wedding dresses have traditionally taken their styling from easy going casual dresses that are essentially your normal beach dresses. However with rapidly changing bridal fashions, beach weddings have not escaped the attention of the demanding yet cool, modern bride. So, with the rule book on appropriateness and style officially abandoned, there are only two key things for the bride-to-be to decide upon: the style and the fabric.

The style needs to be comfortable, simple, uncluttered and not too heavy. As a guide, the types of fabric to focus on are lightweight, soft and breezy. The most popular types of fabric for beach wedding dresses are linen, silk, cotton, blended tulle, chiffon, organza, silk satin, crepe-de-chine, modern lace work, Chantilly lace and crochets but the previous advice still stands – as long as the dress is light, comfortable and can dance with the wind, your dress will be just perfect for that boho beach ceremony.

Running barefoot through the sand doesn’t have to downplay the elegant look or feel of your chosen style, or be any less special than a city or church wedding. In fact, the plus side of getting married on the beach is the freedom of expression to be in the outdoors, facing nothing but nature and its natural aesthetics. The whole purpose of such a clean and uncluttered canvas allows you to focus entirely on styles that are soft fluid design – fabrics that follow the flow of the body without adding volume. We’d recommend elegant and simple bias-cut dresses, empire waistlines, sheer panelling and layered tiers. All of these styles are comfortable and super easy to wear if you’re getting married on particularly warm summer’s day at the beach. Choosing styles with sleeves offers further opportunities for mid-spring and Autumn weddings when the sun is not as hot as during the summer months.

Nonetheless and whichever combination you choose, following this advice will make sure you have wedding day look that is picture perfect against a turquoise sea.

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Photography Credits (L-R): Annabel Farley Photography, Matt and Kizzy Photography, Veronica Taylor, Whitney Lloyd Photography.