Changing venue/season: How to adapt "fancy" dress to beach ceremony?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I shot a girls beach wedding who did a Vera Wang, for the wedding day she did a whispy updo, veil and some flower clips… seen here: Wedding Day The biggest key to making it work for her, was her bridal party colours, and keeping everyone else dressier than a typical beach wedding (instead of white shirts and khaki pants etc)

 For her Trash The Dress she wore her hair done with out the veil which also worked really well.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@lovecacti:  I don’t think you need to adapt anything other than maybe wearing sandals or a wedge shoe for the sand.

There are zillions of  beach wedding pics online where the bride is wearing a very elegant dress .

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1994

I got married on the beach. Go beach brides!!

I had a long veil. I reccommend it!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Im doing a beach wedding and my dress is pretty elaborate with metal work/beading etc probably a lot more blingy than yours and honestly I don’t care if it doesn’t match, I LOVE THE DRESS

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I love the contrast of a bride wearing a very glamorous, fancy gown for a beach wedding…it’s a nice change from the more typical, Grecian gown and flat sandals beach bride look I think.

The only thing I would adapt to your venue is choice of footwear, for practical purposes more than anything. You obviously wouldn’t want your heels sinking into the sand!

I agree that guests should be encouraged to dress cocktail or formal rather than ‘beachy’.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014 - Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts

I think your dress would be fine for a beach wedding. BTW it’s beautiful.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@lovecacti:  Love your dress. FI and I also went from a formal, ballroom-setting wedding to a beach wedding but I’m not changing anything about my wedding day look. I personally am not a fan of Grecian dresses on myself, and I’ve always dreamt of having a beautiful lace dress with a long train, so I’m not about to give up on my dream. 😉

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I am a desitination bride.  Getting married in Mexico on April 19, 2014 right on the beach 🙂

I honestly wouldn’t worry about making your dress “fit” the beach and I think it looks appropriate.  I’ve stalked my photographer and have noticed brides wear anything from big ball gowns to short cocktail dresses. My dress consultant told me the same thing too. 

I do not recommend wearing a veil.  Beachfronts tend to be windy and the veil gets blown around A LOT … just my opinion and what I have noticed. I’d ask your coordinator on how windy the beach is.  

I am wearing my hair up with 1 single flower on the side.  My hair is thick and can be curly or straight. Similar to Julia Roberts for a reference.  Telling you this because my hair type + windy beach = hot mess for wearing it down. I’ve seen beach brides wear their hair down and it either looks great or they have a wet/sweaty look going on at the night’s end. Also consider going with a fake flower – real flowers wilt and you either have to buy multiple or take the possibility of your flower wilting and turning brown.  I bought mine on Etsy and it looks and feels real.  

Also, if you’re REALLY worried about your dress not being “beachy” try having the ceremony later in the day.  Later weddings are typically more formal so you’d fit right in.  Just a thought. 

Hope anything I said helped or gave you a few insights. You’ll look beautiful no matter what, don’t worry! 

Here is the dress I’m wearing.  The lighting is off – the belt isn’t actually silver and the dress is obviously not altered.  I also got it in white because white tends to photograph better at the beach.  Our dresses are different yet similar so I’m hoping this makes you feel more comfortable 🙂 

 

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