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Destination Wedding Dresses: Choosing the Perfect Gown for Your Dream Ceremony

Destination weddings have become increasingly popular in recent years, offering couples the opportunity to exchange vows in breathtaking locations around the world. Whether you’re planning a beachside ceremony, a romantic garden affair, or an adventurous mountaintop celebration, selecting the ideal wedding dress is essential to complementing the destination’s ambiance and ensuring you feel radiant on your special day. In this guide, we’ll explore everything you need to know about choosing the perfect wedding dress for your destination wedding.

1. Consider the Climate and Location

One of the most crucial factors to consider when selecting a wedding dress for a destination wedding is the climate and location of your chosen venue. Different destinations come with varying weather conditions and settings, which can greatly influence the style, fabric, and silhouette of your dress.

For a beach wedding in a destination like Santorini or somewhere further afield such as the Caribbean, lightweight and breathable fabrics such as chiffon, organza, or lightweight lace are ideal choices to keep you cool and comfortable in the warm, humid weather. Opt for flowing silhouettes like sheath or A-line dresses that move gracefully with the ocean breeze. 

We love the Eva Lendel Camilla style for this type of destination wedding…

If you’re planning a romantic garden wedding in a lush, green setting like Tuscany or the French countryside, consider dresses with delicate lace detailing, floral appliqués, or soft tulle skirts that evoke a sense of ethereal romance. A-line or ball gown silhouettes are perfect for creating a fairy tale inspired look amidst the natural beauty of your surroundings. For this destination we love the Jessica Couture Sarah for its combination of contemporary styling and details. 

For indulgent destination weddings in old money estates or historic cities, dresses with more structured silhouettes and heavier fabrics like satin or mikado are well-suited to match the drama of their surroundings. We love the statement styling of the Eva Lendel Malwa to demonstrate the ultimate old money look…

Choosing your destination wedding dress: think about Practicality and Comfort

While of course you want to prioritise style and aesthetics when choosing your destination wedding dress, practicality and comfort are equally important considerations! Keep in mind factors such as ease of mobility, transportation, and the overall weight and volume of your dress, particularly if you’ll be navigating stairs, sandy beaches, or rugged landscapes.

One dress we love for its versatility is the Jessica Couture Sahima – perfect for destination weddings of all types…

Incorporating Cultural Influences

Destination weddings offer couples the opportunity to embrace and incorporate the unique cultural elements of their chosen location into their wedding attire. Whether you’re celebrating your heritage, paying homage to the local customs and traditions, or simply drawing inspiration from the destination’s cultural motifs and aesthetics, infusing these elements into your wedding dress can add depth and meaning to your overall bridal look.

For example, if you’re tying the knot in a vibrant and colourful destination like India or Mexico, you could consider incorporating intricate embroidery, or traditional motifs inspired by the local culture into your wedding dress. Alternatively, for a destination with a rich history and heritage like Italy or Greece, opt for classic and timeless silhouettes reminiscent of ancient goddesses and royalty, such as column or empire waist dresses adorned with Grecian-inspired draping or Romanesque embellishments. We love the Jessica Couture Seema for creating this look: 

Accessorising Your Wedding Dress

Accessorising plays a key role in completing your wedding day look and can add a personal touch that reflects your individual style and personality. When choosing accessories for your destination wedding dress, consider the overall theme and vibe of your wedding, as well as the practicalities of your chosen destination.

For beach weddings, opt for delicate and minimalist jewellery that won’t overpower your dress or compete with the natural beauty of your surroundings. For garden or outdoor weddings, embrace nature-inspired accessories like floral crowns, leafy vines, or botanical jewellery that harmonise with the lush greenery and blooming flowers of your surroundings. Incorporating elements like freshwater pearls, crystal embellishments, or dainty floral motifs can add a touch of romance to your destination wedding aesthetic.


Your wedding dress is a reflection of your personal style, vision, and the unique spirit of your destination wedding. By considering factors such as climate, location, practicality, cultural influences, and accessorising, you can choose a dress that not only looks stunning but also feels comfortable and appropriate for your dream ceremony. Remember to trust your instincts, stay true to your individuality, and most importantly, select a dress that makes you feel confident, beautiful, and ready to embark on the next chapter of your love story in the breathtaking backdrop of your destination. Book to come and see us in the boutique to find your dream destination wedding dress…

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