How Can I Have an Island Wedding When I Don’t Live on a Beach?

Face it….we’ve all dreamed of having an island wedding…wearing our beach best with sand, water and waves…a tropical wind gently moving our lovely wedding gown.  We don’t have to just dream of having an island wedding because we live nowhere near a tropical island.  We can just create our own!

So how do I get that “island wedding look” out of my wedding gown?  First we look at the bride’s comfort in the gown with the weather being hot outside.  There are several fabrics that are meant to be light and airy and will provide the movement a slight breeze would cause while being comfortable for the bride.  To list just a few of these fabrics that work well, choose material like georgette, linen, charmeuse, gauze, satin, cotton, silk, or chiffon.  These fabrics lend to easy mobility and they keep to a minimum the amount of clinginess or sticking to the brides’ skin in the hot climate giving that island wedding look while tending to the brides comfort.

These materials can be in need of ironing when packed or not hung while traveling to the venue.  Sooooo,  in keeping with the island wedding/beach theme, sarongs, short dresses or midi length dresses work best.  It is really not advisable to have the train be long and cumbersome for an outdoor wedding.  All we have then is a dirty looking piece of fabric when it rests on the ground or dirt so using a short train works best.

Island wedding gowns tend to have color on them instead of being just plain white or ivory, which by all means are still appropriate.  This color can be added in many ways.  Something as simple as adding some piping, embroidery or a sash works very well.  Using small embroidery or just adding fine details with a hint of color tends to give the island feel without overwhelming the theme with too much color.
Because island weddings are so popular, there are many well known designers in the wedding business that have many gowns geared toward the island wedding theme.  There is no limit to how the gowns’ design can look, from having spaghetti straps, being strapless, a halter top look, and A-line, having an empire waist, being cut low in the back or even having full skirts.  Your tastes, along with your desire to have a gown attractive to your body style, is your goal in having a gown fitting an island wedding theme.

High heels on a beach?  Sounds interesting but is not very practical when walking on sand.  Traditionally, you will want to match your footware to your gown.  Sandals, flip-flops with some type of embellishment, or even barefoot with jewelry on the toes or ankles works very well in the island wedding theme.  There is no limit to how you decide to make the brides feet look beautiful as she walks on the beach with visions of her tropical island wedding in her mind.  Do take into consideration the time of day as hot sand on barefeet would tend to make the bride “hot foot” it down the aisle instead of walking gracefully to her groom.

As far as jewelry goes, simple is better for an island wedding theme.  Simple pearls, a fan, a parasol or decorating the brides hair usually is all that is needed.  Colorful flower tiaras or a hair comb with flowers or is jeweled works well to complete the look.
Where do I pull this theme off?  You can have island wedding anywhere there is sand or water.  Most rivers have a sand beach somewhere along their coasts and you can even use pool sides that don’t have sand but has good landscaping lending the look of a beautiful island wedding while being a nice place to relax.

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