20 Wedding Dresses Perfect for Destination Nuptials
It's important to consider your destination wedding's setting when picking your bridal look. Whether you are getting married on a tropical beach or in the Italian countryside, there are many ways your venue can influence your wedding fashion decision. For starters, your soirée's climate can impact your choice of fabrics. If you're tying the knot in a warm-weather environment, an ensemble with illusion necklines and cut outs can help you keep cool, for example. Your setting's vibe can also help you gauge just how formal, casual, traditional, or unique your outfit should be. While a castle event in England calls for a classically regal gown, a garden chateau celebration allows for a more colorful look. Overall, it's important to consider all aspects of your special day when picking the perfect dress—especially if you're saying "I do" in a unique location.
But what if your fashion tastes don't completely line up with your event location's aesthetic? Not to worry—from necklines and hemlines to materials and colors, there are so many ways to subtly customize your wedding dress to fit your destination. This beachy bride is proof: Although her fête's ocean backdrop was inherently casual, she opted for a polished and romantic gown that still complemented her party's coastal scene. Her lace B'Ellegance Bridal look's form-fitting mermaid silhouette, off-the-shoulder neckline, and wind-blown train offered the feminine, traditional vibe that she'd always dreamed of—and tied her ensemble back to her seaside venue.
To help you find a destination wedding dress, we've rounded up our favorite ensembles from celebrations around the world. Any one of the following looks will wow your guests—and speak to your locale—as you walk down the aisle in your dream setting.
Classic and Tropical
Looking for a traditional wedding dress for your tropical celebration? Model your outfit after this bride's Blue Tag Bridal gown, which featured embroidery, a lace-up back, a trumpet skirt, and illusion sleeves for a classic ensemble that was breathable, too.
When planning a party in a major fashion hub, opting for a nontraditional, luxe ensemble is a great way to embrace the city's culture. This bride's nude mermaid Inbal Dror original (which featured a structured bodice, ruffles, and crystal embroidery) was a stylish must for her Paris nuptials.
This newlywed wore a charming tea-length wedding dress by Elizabeth Fillmore Bridal for her celebration, which took place in a quaint Tuscan neighborhood. A relaxed bridal look like this lace ensemble is perfect for an intimate celebration abroad—especially when traveling to your family's countryside homeland for the occasion.
Your favorite aspect of your destination wedding's locale can influence your big-day look. In this case, the bride's love for the desert's consistent sunshine made this cheerful yellow RISTYLE Consulting dress a no-brainer.
A celestial-themed gown resembling this embellished The Dress Theory look can festively allude to your destination soirée under the stars.
A full coverage, light-weight ensemble like this one will protect you from the sun without causing you to overheat.
A formal gown can contrast a casual mountain in a statement-making (and seriously photographable) way. Note how this Allure Bridal dress made a fashionable impression in this rustic setting thanks to its traditional silhouette, lace embellishments, and button details.
Get inspired by your desert event's relaxed and dreamy vibe with a modern, bohemian-style wedding dress. This Rue de Seine gown featured lace and fringe details for a playful, contemporary look that artfully complemented this bride's Aztec carpet altar.
Getting married in Italy? Choose a wedding dress that nods to your picturesque setting. That's why this bride wore a loose fitting A-line Maria Korovilas gown that wowed thanks to Tuscan sun-inspired antique brass accents.
Wearing a traditional garment that speaks to your family's home country is a great way to celebrate your culture's deep-rooted history. This bride did just that in an orange (a classic color for Indian brides!) lehenga.
If your destination big day features a breathtaking backdrop, don't distract from the view with an over-the-top wedding dress. We love how this bride's simple sheath Sarah Seven gown didn't take away from the mountain landscape. She also wore a capelet, which kept her warm and billowed prettily in the breeze.
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