Many couples are choosing to hold some or all of their wedding festivities outdoors. If you’re one of those brides, you’ll want to take special considerations when choosing your dress. Here are some things to think about before you make that final decision.
Choose lighter fabrics. When the temps rise, so does the chances of breaking out in a sweat (wedding day jitters don’t help either). Skip heavier fabrics that might make you sweat even more, and instead look for lighter fabrics that breathe and will keep you cool, such as cotton organdy, chiffon or crepe.
Skip the satin. The last thing you want are sweat stains showing up–it’s embarrassing and will live on for years to come in photos–so forget about this fabric that will show an excess moisture–especially if you’re wearing a dress with sleeves. Nothing puts a damper on a bride’s day like pit stains!
Forgo a train. If your ceremony and reception will be outdoors, skip the long train that will collect dirt and grass stains while you walk down the aisle or around to greet guests.
Think about going short. An outdoor wedding is a great excuse to go in a different direction and wear a short, garden-style wedding dress.
Show some skin. An outdoor wedding when it’s warm out means you can go as bare as you like. Strapless, backless, plunging, midriff baring–you get the idea. Just don’t choose all of these looks for the same dress!
Put on sunscreen. If you’re spending any time outdoors–even if it’s not particularly hot–you risk getting sun burn. Choose a non-greasy, fragrance-free sunscreen to wear on the big day. And make sure it dries on your skin completely before you put on your dress.
Look into a petticoat. If you’re wearing a long gown, then you might want to consider buying a bridal petticoat. While you don’t want to wear this the entire time, this is a good investment if you’re taking photos outside before the ceremony. The petticoat is worn under your gown to gently lift the hem off the ground, so the hem will stay clean before you walk down the aisle.
Choose the right shoes. Stiletto heels will sink into the ground, so go for wedges. For a beach wedding, you should skip any type of heel and wear flats, sandals or even go barefoot.
Bring a wrap. When the sun goes down, it can get chilly–even in warmer months. So invest in a pretty wrap, shawl or even stole that can keep you warm just in case.
Keep the veil. Many brides assume a veil is too formal for an outdoor wedding, but don’t ditch it if it’s something you really want to complete your wedding day look. After all, it can help protect your hair from the elements during the ceremony. Just make sure it’s not too long so it doesn’t drag on the ground when you walk down the aisle.
For more wedding tips, check out what to wear to a fall wedding and mistakes brides make when planning a wedding in the woods.
[Photo: Freddie Harrel]