Destination Wedding Attire

Destination Wedding Attire

Destination weddings are special because they can be as formal or as informal as the couple wants. But because destination weddings are often so unique, brides and grooms may be unsure of proper attire---for example, an elaborate gown with a long train would be completely out of place at a beach wedding. Couples planning a destination wedding should select attire that fits with the theme and formality of their ceremony.
Traditional Destination Wedding Attire
Even if yours is a destination wedding, you can still use traditional attire. If you're planning a destination wedding in a church or are anticipating a formal reception, traditional wedding attire is the way to go. However, a destination wedding means you have to keep a few things in mind. The bride should select her wedding gown based on her travel plans. The best destination wedding gowns are sleek and don't take up much room. Layers, embellished backs and delicate trains add class without adding bulk. Dresses for bridal attendants and the mother of the bride should be equally simple and easy to pack. Men have it a little easier. The groom, father of the bride and best man should wear a lightweight suit or tuxedo with no cummerbund. Lighter colors are fine for outdoor or daytime weddings. Dark colors are more appropriate for an evening ceremony.
Destination wedding dress for guest can be more fun and colorful.

Casual Destination Wedding Attire

Destination wedding guest dresses

Maybe you don't want to wear a traditional wedding gown or a tuxedo. If you shudder at the thought of all that taffeta and lace, the good news is that your attire is limited only by your imagination. Brides should consider the theme of their wedding when choosing a dress. For example, if you're getting married in Hawaii, wear a Hawaiian Dress, complete with a lei. If it's going to be a beach wedding, a loose-fitting sundress and bare feet may be ideal. Keep your destination, climate and theme in mind, and get creative. Pick a dress that reflects your personality and your ceremony. Again, the guys should have an easier time choosing the outfit. Casual wedding attire for men runs the gamut from a casual suit to a Hawaiian shirt and Bermuda shorts. Dresses for destination wedding guest can be beautiful floral prints.

Buying and Transporting Attire

If you're having a traditional ceremony, buy your attire ahead of time from a local store. Otherwise, you risk not finding the perfect outfit once you arrive at your destination. (Of course, grooms can wait to rent tuxes until they arrive.) Pack the wedding gown and the groom's suit, if applicable, in separate garment bags and bring them aboard the plane as carry on luggage. For more casual ceremonies, consider arriving a few days early and shopping for your wedding outfit at your destination. It'll be much easier to find a dress or other attire that fits your destination and theme if you shop locally.


Beach Destination Wedding Guest Dresses

Destination Wedding Dresses for the Mother of the Bride
With the popularity of destination weddings, the mother of the bride has more choices when selecting her dress for the day of the wedding. When taking a wedding celebration away from traditional settings, a new set of rules applies, alongside old standards of etiquette that have not gone out of fashion.

Not all destination weddings are casual. Mother of the bride dresses are available in various lengths, cuts and styles. If the wedding is set to be an elegant affair, long dresses, or pantsuits, that include sleeves, jackets or scarves are proper. If the day is to be more casual, tea-length gowns with less ornamentation and exposed shoulders are acceptable.



The color selections for the wedding party will determine what colors are suitable for the mother of the bride. In general, matching the color of the wedding party is not necessary but staying in a similar or matching color theme is ideal. White and ivory should be avoided.


The wedding itinerary will determine additional restrictions. If the event will be exposed to the elements, weather-appropriate fabric and comfortable shoes will be important.


It is not necessary to restrict mothers to preassembled “mother of the bride” outfits. Beautiful dresses paired with matching jackets or attractive suits with glamorous accessories are practical alternatives.


The dress that is most important on the special day is the wedding gown. While a mother of the bride will want to look her best, it is crucial that she look smashing without outdoing the bride.

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About the

Sandhya Garg is a Project Runway fashion designer. She studied and specialized in women's fashion at London College of Fashion, UK and has worked at Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Liberty London, Alice Temperley to name a few.

She has her own successful resort wear, vacation dresses, special occasion dresses, wedding guest looks, swim coverups label. While on Project Runway Season 13, she won 2 challenges and was fortunate to show her collection at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week. The brand has been featured in Marie Claire US,Workshop at Macy's,, Elle Magazine, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Vogue online to name a few. 

She designs limited edition high end printed spring dresses, casual resort attire and swim coverups. Beautiful prints are inspired from around the world to be worn during travel, resort stay or cruise holidays.

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