Celebrating one's nuptials by the sea provides ample opportunity to choose from an array of effortlessly chic bridal gowns. Luckily, there are nearly as many alternatives to the traditional ball gown as there are grains of sands on the beach. More casual beach wedding dresses make use of sheer panels, openwork lace and ruffles. Simple beach wedding dresses include those with midi lengths that feel easygoing, yet sophisticated. Boho wedding dresses are another choice: romantic and dreamy like a tropical island. Meanwhile, short beach wedding dresses feel cheerily free-spirited while providing wedding-friendly frills.
Look for lightweight materials for your beachfront or destination wedding dress. Silk, cotton blends, crochet, chiffon and lace make for breezy beach dresses. While not explicitly bridal, many white or ivory cocktail dresses will work wonders in a beach wedding, plus they can be worn afterward on the honeymoon. Below, check out 15 alternatives to the heavily embellished wedding gown that instead are easy, breezy and downright gorgeous. Post-wedding, you can relax poolside, confident you were a thoroughly beachy bride.
Once you've found your dream wedding dress, the search is on to find the perfect shapewear to go underneath it. We're not just talking about undergarments that suck you in, either — bridal shapewear is so much more than that. Wedding dresses come in all sorts of fabrics and colors (white being the most popular, of course) that show every dimple and crease, so a supportive foundation garment is key. Whether you're rocking a wedding dress with a plunging neckline, a low-back number or a strapless ball gown, Black Friday deals and Cyber Monday sales present the perfect opportunity to scoop up bridshapewear on the cheap. Not sure what type of smoother or shaper works best with your wedding dress? Ahead, check out our handy bridal shapewear cheat sheet, where you'll find all the bodysuits, slips, bras and bustiers you should be watching on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
If you don't envision yourself in the traditional white gown, then you need to check out these blush wedding dresses. From ball gowns to mermaids we found all the stunning styles in a unique color you're sure to love.
More and more brides are taking the leap and opting to wear a white jumpsuit on their wedding day. The chic look has been championed by celebrity brides including Solange Knowles, in her marriage to video producer Alan Ferguson, and human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, who, of course, is married to actor George Clooney.
Knowles actually wore three different jumpsuits by French designer Stéphane Rolland during her wedding weekend, beginning with a sexy ivory-toned version she wore while biking to the ceremony at New Orleans' Marigny Opera House. By the wedding's end, she was dancing in the streets to a brass band while wearing her third jumpsuit, with a plunging neckline.
For the Italian civil ceremony that preceded her wedding, Amal Clooney wore what looked like a white jumpsuit, but was actually belted separates, by Stella McCartney. Clooney, who is friends with McCartney, has also worn a one-shoulder jumpsuit with crochet lace and cropped legs by the British designer, as well as a lace burgundy jumpsuit by Giambattista Valli.
A white bridal jumpsuit is a chic dress alternative that is perfect for the style-savvy bride. As Clooney did, the bride can wear a white jumpsuit to her civil wedding for an unexpected look that is destined to impress. She can also wear a jumpsuit to the wedding ceremony to create a memorable look. As another option, she could wear a jumpsuit to her wedding reception, because this wedding-dress alternative is perfect for hitting the dance floor. Freedom is the vibe of a bridal jumpsuit, and we love it.
Every bride breathes in a deep sigh of relief on her wedding day. It may not go smoothly, and that's fine. But between now and then, getting the wedding prepared is a bit of a marathon, and it can't hurt to be physically fit. Sure, there's a lot of pressure on brides to look as good as possible in that wedding gown, and many women find themselves "shedding for the wedding." Whether you're looking to drop a few pounds, simply want to stay toned or are trying to tame your inner Bridezilla with some stress-relieving yoga, we've found 20 high-tech performance leggings to wear in your pursuit of health and happiness. They'll keep you comfy and dry as you work toward your goal, and most importantly, you'll look and feel fabulous on your special day.
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This Goddess-Like Gown Showcases A Cross-Front Bodice And Cutout Detail While Tissue-Thin Matte-Jersey Tailoring Is Sumptuously So...ft And Wrinkle-Free. Wear It To A Black-Tie With Stilettos Or Don It With Flat Sandals At The Beach. read more
Badgley Mischka Woman One-shoulder Ruffle-trimmed Sequined Tulle Gown Ivory - One-shoulder Tulle Sequins Dry clean. Imported Satin... trims Ruffled trims Concealed zip fastening along side. 100% Nylon. read more
Paladini Couture Jersey Intarsio Judy Long Gown - Paladini: Couture Collection – Luxury is no longer a fantasy for special occasio...ns, but a daily privilege that enhances the femininity of every woman. The Gianantonio Paladini collections draw... read more
Nicole Miller Devyn Lace Bridal Gown (ivory) Women's Dress - From the walk down to the aisle to the final dance of the night make ...every moment memorable in this matchless Nicole Miller bridal gown. Sophisticated sleeveless gown is fabricated from a... read more
Dress the Population Fiona Sequined Dress - Dress the population fiona sequined dress.
Fuzzi Dress - Stretch fabric dress. Black and white floral pattern. Composition: 100% polyamide. Made in italy. Model size: m.
Anjuna Long Dress - Lace, leather applications, solid color, round collar, long sleeves, no pockets, no fastening, contains non-te...xtile parts of animal origin, dress. 40% Cotton, 40% Polyamide, 20% Polyester, Soft Leather. read more
MSGM Short Dress - Lace, solid color, v-neckline, sleeveless, ruches, no pockets, lined interior, rear closure, zip closure, stret...ch, dress. 95% Cotton, 5% Polyester. read more
Pinko Dress - 3/4 sleeves short dress, lace inserts at the neckline and at the sleeves, zip closure back, decoration velvet bow ba...ck. Made in: Romania. Material:100% polyester. read more
Pinko Dress - Terms New: with label Clothing Type dress main Color white season Spring / Summer Made In Italy Gender Woman Size: I...T Composition polyester : 100%. read more
Pinko Dress - Terms New: with label Clothing Type Taglieur main Color white season Spring / Summer Made In Italy Gender Woman Size...: IT Composition polyester : 100%. read more
Tularosa Villa Dress - Self: 70% viscose 30% cottonlining: 100% cotton. Hand wash cold. Fully lined. Shoulder tie straps with tass...el accents. Button front closure. Smocked elastic back. Waist tie accent. read more
Saloni Olivia Midi Dress - Make an airy, feminine impression in this floral eyelet midi dress. V-neck. Elbow-length sleeves with e...lasticized cuffs. Banded waist. Concealed back zip closure. Front slit. Ruffled hem. Lined. In white. Fabric: 100% cotton.... read more
Carven Floral Pattern Dress - Green and white cotton blend floral pattern dress from Carven. This item fits large, please select t...he next size down. Material:Nylon/Cotton. read more
Raoul Long Dress - Crepe, rhinestones, beaded, solid color, round collar, sleeveless, no pockets, fully lined, rear closure, zip, ...large sized, empire style. 100% Silk. read more
Alexis Linzi Dress - Alexis linzi dress in neutral. Size m (also in l) self: 100% nyloncontrast fabric: 100% polylining: 95% poly ...5% elastan. Made in china. Dry clean only. Fully lined. Embroidered lace knit fabric. Hidden back zip closure. Ruffled trim. read more
Shoshanna Sheath Dress - Color/pattern: optic white Approximately 36in from shoulder to hem Measurement was taken from a size 4 an...d may vary slightly by size Model is 5ft 10in Design details: crisscross halter neck, ruffled hem Center back zipper with... read more
Genny Short Dress - Crepe. Solid color. Deep neckline. Sleeveless. Embroidered detailing. Sequins. Multipockets. Fully lined. Side... closure. Zip. Dress. Small sized. 50% Viscose, 50% Acetate. read more
Marchesa notte Long Dress - Tulle, crepe, embroidered detailing, solid color, round collar, sleeveless, no pockets, fully lined, r...ear closure, zip, stretch, dress. 95% Polyester, 5% Elastane. read more
Pinko Long Dress - Plain weave. Ruffles. Print. Solid color. Round collar. Sleeveless. No pockets. Rear closure. Self-tie wrap clo...sure. Fully lined. Dress. 100% Cotton, Polyester. read more
Giamba Short Dress - Sweatshirt fleece, basic solid colour, round collar, sleeveless, fringe, no pockets, unlined, rear closure, z...ip closure, trapeze dress. 100% Cotton, Polyester, Acetate. read more
Olympiah Midi Dress - Off white midi dress from Olympiah featuring a ruffled hem, a lining, a zip fastening and a wrap waist. Mate...rial:Polyester. read more
Sea Short Dress - Plain weave, embroidered detailing, floral design, v-neck, short sleeves, multipockets, front closure, button cl...osing, dress, large sized. 100% Cotton. read more
Tory Burch Christie Dress | 100 | Other Dresses - The graphic bands on our Christie Dress are inspired by legendary designer David... Hicks — geometrics were one of his signatures. Made from silk georgette, the strapless gown has a high waist, delicate... read more
Reformation Jacinta Dress - Something to show off your calves. This is a fully smocked dress with puff sleeves and a straight neck...line. read more
Halston Long Dress - Cady. No appliqués. Basic solid color. Round collar. Sleeveless. No pockets. Dual side vents. No fastening. D...ress. 75% Triacetate, 25% Polyester. read more