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Wedding dresses for a tropical wedding.

May 12, 2021

“Life is short and the world is wide, I want to make some memories.” Mamma Mia

You have been dreaming of a tropical destination wedding ever since you watched "Mamma Mia," for the umpteenth time. Your wedding venue is booked, and now you are starting to stress out about what style of wedding dress you should wear.  Now what?

“You are the dancing queen, young and sweet …" Mamma Mia

How do you choose a wedding dress for a tropical destination wedding?

Consider comfort, the most important detail when selecting a wedding dress for a tropical destination, that goes for shoes as well.  While lace, silk, crepe, satin, and chiffon are all dreamy fabrics, the one that makes you feel the best when you slip it on your skin, and one that will work well for the venue you’ve selected, and the month you plan your destination wedding, are all elements to think carefully about.

Think breathable fabrics, and wedding dresses that grace the floor or sand.  Less layers are the key in a sun-soaked paradise. Don’t forget to pack the undergarments, as you may not find variety or size in the destination of your wedding.  As a wedding designer, I always recommend to bring a second dress or outfit to change into for the reception, late night, or for that “jump in the pool moment,” that’s been a tradition at many of our venues for over a decade now!

In a tropical destination, there are months of dry, comfortable weather, cool breezes, as well as months with high heat and humidity, and often a potential for wet weather, that should be considered. If the venue is outside, consider the timing of the ceremony and reception, the sun factor, and outside elements.

Think venue. The Riviera Maya, Cancun, Tulum, and in-between, have a variety of wedding venues from casual to ultra-luxe locations. Would my wedding dress compliment the venue and spaces that I have selected to have the segments of my wedding event at? There should be a beautiful balance between fashion and the setting.

"Do what makes your soul shine!" Mamma Mia

Boho? Beach casual? Jungle? Classic? Think about the formality of the wedding and the setting. Attire and setting will often define the mood. Whether your dress code is formal, semi-formal, cocktail or casual, finding the right dress to say “yes” to shouldn’t be difficult.  If you define “formal,” attire as the dress code for the wedding apparel, it should be well communicated to guests on Save the Date pre-invites, formal invites, itinerary, and other stationery items.

Need some beach and seaside wedding inspiration?  Follow to see my month-by-month wedding dress styles and inspiration for a destination wedding in the Riviera Maya, Cancun, and Tulum, and remember to "Have the time of your life!" Mama Mia

May, Destination Wedding dress inspo, by Maison Signore, a-line, off-the-shoulder, lace dress.

June, Destination Wedding dress inspo, "Summer," by Grace Loves Lace, bias cut silk.

July, Destination Wedding dress inspo, by Anna Campbell, summer skirt, sparkle top.

August, Destination Wedding dress inspo by, Michelle Roth, blush, strapless, sweetheart neckline, corset bodice, a-line.

September, Destination Wedding dress inspo by, Rue de Seine, "Cassian," with cut-away bodice, in cotton lace.

October, Destination Wedding dress inspo, "Martini," by Grace Loves Lace, crepe, low back, mermaid fitting, scoop front.

November, Destination Wedding dress inspo, "Blakely," by Randy Fenoli, halter neckline, crepe fit and flare, with a lace inset back.

December, Destination Wedding dress inspo, "Bonita," by Grace Loves Lace, European, stretch, beaded lace, eyelash trim.

January, Destination Wedding dress inspo, "Nyles," by Rue de Seine, boho for the modern bride, with detachable lace sleeves.

February, Destination Wedding dress inspo, by Pnina Tornai, high neckline, lace, satin, mermaid style.

March, Destination Wedding dress inspo, by Pronovios, long sleeve, crepe, mermaid fitted.

April, Destination Wedding dress inspo, by Rue de Seine, "Bishop," boho, halter style.

"May the rest of our lives be the best of our lives." Mamma Mia