Romantic summer evenings lounging in sand while gazing at the sun as it sinks slowly into glistening ocean waves have sparked marriage proposals throughout the ages. Of course, in the span between these blissful moments and jetting off to an exotic honeymoon paradise, there’s a wedding to plan and beach wedding dresses to admire and choose from.
And wedding planning is often equal parts blissful fairy tale and endlessly stressful details to iron out, obligations to fulfill, and egos to placate. Why not make your big day reflect the carefree romanticism of pledging your love to one another for eternity (it happens!) by keeping that beachy mood alive with a ceremony on the sand? If the only thing holding you back is the desire to be a princess bride—never fear, there’s no need to sacrifice style.
You may want to forego a majorly voluminous skirt, loads of lace, layers of tulle, or miles of train when contending with the inevitable seaside wind and sand. Take advantage of your environment with a simple, feminine silhouette and soft, flowy fabrics that dance in the breeze. Go Old Hollywood glamour in a beaded, strapless, tea-length number or keep it fresh and flirty in a knee-length organza frock adorned with floral embroidery. David’s Bridal has tons of gorgeous options for the modern beach bride.
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If you’re a gal who just doesn’t feel like it’s an occasion without sky-high heels, save them for the reception and solid ground—no one wants to limp off to her honeymoon on a sprained ankle! A lovely pair of dainty, metallic sandals are perfectly refined for navigating rough terrain in style. Or simply indulge in a spectacular pedicure and go boldly barefoot.
When it comes to your headwear at the beach, less is definitely more. Opt for a minimal veil or the pared down elegance of a simple headband. A crown of braids with floral accents or pretty blooms entwined in loosely cascading waves are both beautifully romantic outdoor ‘dos.
Emphasize your soon-to-be newlywed glow with shimmery bronze and gold highlights. We love the dewy look but make sure you’re not so dewy that your face becomes a magnet for sandy debris. Play up your pout with a pop of matte magenta (Illamasqua • Eurydice • $24)or let your eyes reflect depth of the ocean with royal or navy blue eyeliner (Urban Decay Vintage 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil • Binge or Deviant • $19) and a sweep of aqua shadow (bareMinerals • Azure Glimmer • $14 ).