For the sun-kissed, freckle faced coast born couples, a beach wedding may be just the ticket. Whether or not you were raised a little grommet bobbing over waves or simply fell in love with the sand beneath your feet and the salty sea air on your lips, saying your vowels with the gentle sound of waves in the background, the water glittering in the sunshine, a seaside wedding could be your matrimonial dream come true.
As we fall for the people in our lives for many different reasons, so do we fall in love with the beach. Why not brainstorm which seaside elements particularly inspire you and incorporate them into your wedding style?
Gone are the days of the strictly white on white wedding dress. Why not include a fun flash of blue in your outfit? A pastel aquamarine carried through the dress, the bouquet and hairpiece can add a fresh, natural, oceanic feel to your look. Feeling a little more daring? Dip-dye hair is all the rage at moment! Ask your hairdresser if they can add a subtle blue piece to your hair for the day, for that mermaid-out-of-water look (just be sure to go to a professional, please. A subtle touch of accidental green tends to look more mouldy than mermaid-y). Ask your beautician for a glittering light blue mani/pedi so your nails look like they have little waves of their own!
A beach-bum bride often yearns for a dress design that is natural, breezy and fresh, just like her coastal surroundings. Look for light weight dresses with simple shapes, like a grecian inspired draped number to make you feel like a surfy goddess. Keep an eye out for chiffon and jersey fabrics that offer beautiful flowing wave-like shapes.
If you plan to have your ceremony quite literally on the beach, a shorter dress may be a wise choice. Flash your tanned pins in a fun little cocktail length number (you'll be super grateful if you get a scorcher of a day!). Amsale has a stunning short tulle design out at the moment. A shorter gown is also great for all those shoe-obsessed brides out there! After a barefoot ceremony, strut your glamorous stuff to your reception in a dazzling pair of heels or embellished grecian sandals that flash beachy shades of turquoise, coral and jade.
Another way to give your bridal look that beachy edge is to accessorise with natural jewels. Pearls and mother of pearl bling reflect a beautiful radiance onto the skin. For that Aphrodite feel, look for grecian inspired cuffs, perhaps a simple gold armband or some exotic peacock feather style earrings.