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.
Ah, the honeymoon: It's the glittering light at the end of the wedding tunnel. It lures newlyweds to the getaway car with a siren's song of romance, self-indulgence and drinks topped with little paper umbrellas. There's only one stressor: What to pack? No worries. Like James Bond on a jet, we'll have you readily prepared for foreign travels and relaxing vistas with our list of must-pack honeymoon items. The goal is to keep the luggage light by packing wrinkle-resistant clothes and comfy-yet-stylish shoes that go the distance. Taken together, these items provide ease, comfort and style, along with day-to-night dressing. If the sun is on your horizon, you should also pack the requisite beauty products to keep your hair glistening and your skin sunburn-free. Read our list of travel must-haves from Anthropologie, Tory Burch, Nordstrom and more. Then hit the open road safe in the knowledge that you've got this honeymoon in the bag!
Luggage is a purchase you only make once every few years (hopefully), so it's important to shop wisely. While you're of course looking for quality travel gear that's durable and roomy, you don't want to go broke before you've even gotten to the airport. Wedding and honeymoon planning is expensive enough — so avoid spending a small fortune by shopping luggage from stores like Kohl's and Walmart. The luggage sets ahead are functional, fashionable and, best of all, affordable — they're all under $150.
With Cinderella's dainty slipper in their collective memories, some brides seldom think about comfortable shoes on the big day. But there's no wisdom in wearing wobbly stilettos to an event at which you might actually want to dance. Modern brides are opting for practical wedding shoes that can be worn more than once, as opposed to extremely high-heeled shoes that leave their tootsies blistered on the honeymoon. Also, we get it: Some very tall brides prefer to seek out more sensible heels, including flats, wedges and kitten heels that may also boast cushioned footbeds and supportive straps. So if you, too, want to dance the night away at your wedding, check out this list of swoon-worthy wedding flats that are just as ravishing as 4-inch heels (and much more practical). These styles from ASOS, Nordstrom, David's Bridal and more will take you from the ceremony to the after party in blissful comfort.
Shivering on your way to the altar is far from fashionable. Yet it's a surprisingly tall order to find a coverup that's appropriate — and suitably warm — to wear over wedding attire. Given the array of wedding dresses available, from romantic gowns to sassy cocktail numbers, we have found as many bridal coats, capes, stoles and shrugs to pull together your bridal ensemble.
For a sleek and chic look, faux fur is the gold standard. It's a standout for bridal attire for two reasons: It's toasty warm, and it's elegant. And it's a go-to for retro brides who want to bring some vintage luxury to their winter wedding. White fur will keep the look entirely bridal, but you can also choose a color or a natural hue. For the fashion-forward bride, we found a white faux fur moto jacket to rock your nuptials. And a black or white wool capelet lends an Old Hollywood vibe.
Below are some of our favorite winter bridal cover-ups from BHLDN, Boden, Bloomingdale's, Macy's, Nordstrom, David's Bridal, Amazon and more. Each style was selected to enhance, not hide, your wedding dress, because the picks are as pretty as your gown. And the best part? Prices start at $28!
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A v neck teases to a ruched knot-front design on a flowy drape front, for a sleeveless knit top that gently skims your curves. It'...s a soft, lightweight tunic for everyday wear. 95% rayon/5% spandex Made in USA of imported materials Machine wash read more
CLOSURE TYPE: Pullover Head NECKLINE: V Neck SLEEVE LENGTH: Short Sleeve SLEEVE STYLE: Fitted Sleeve APPAREL LENGTH: 26 Inches FAB...RIC CONTENT: 97% Polyester|3% Spandex FABRIC DESCRIPTION: Knit COLLAR: No Collar CARE: Machine Wash|Tumble Dry COUNTRY OF... read more
Opt For Bohemian Glamour With This Eye-Catching Top. Complete With Bell Cuffs This Style Is Detailed With Panels Of Floral Lace Fo...r Instant Allure. Wear It Alone Or With A Tonal Camisole Underneath. read more
Midi long dress in a soft light fabric with an invisible zipper in back. V-neck in back and black lining inside the garment. 100% ...Polyester Professional clean only read more
Margit is a white cotton shirt with raglan puff sleeves. The shirt has a hidden button stand and wide cuffs with two buttons on ea...ch cuff. Features a round and thin collar for a softer look. FABRIC: 100% Cotton WASH: Dry clean read more
Printed silk shirt with puff sleeves and ruffled detail in back. Collar continues to back as long ribbons. Single button on cuffs.... FABRIC: Main: 100% silk. WASH CARE: Dry Clean read more
100% silk shirt in a mint green zebra inspired print. Features a hidden button stand and a thin collar. Wide cuffs with one button... on each. White pearl buttons on both cuffs and collar. FABRIC: 100% Silk CARE INFO: Dry clean read more
100% silk shirt in a navy bird print. Features a hidden button stand and a thin collar. Wide cuffs with one button on each and sma...ll puff sleeves. White pearl buttons on both cuffs and collar. Fabric: 100% Silk Care info: Dry clean read more
100% silk shirt in a multi coloured placement print. Features a hidden button stand and a thin collar. Wide cuffs with one button ...on each. White pearl buttons on both cuffs and collar. FABRIC: 100% Silk CARE INFO: Dry clean read more
Saskia is made in 100% silk in a hand painted brown floral print. Features a hidden button stand and wide cuffs in zebra print. Co...mes with a wide ribbon around neckline for a bow detail. FABRIC: 100% Silk WASH: Dry clean read more
Digitally printed shirt with a thin collar and hidden button stand. The shirt has beautiful ruffled details on sleeves. Two button...s on each side on the cuffs. The shirt is french seamed. Fabric: 100% Polyester Wash care: Professional clean only read more
Long navy wool coat with silk lining. Features printed details on the two seam sleeves, two pockets in front and a big metal snap ...fastener in center. Long slit in back and belt on waistline. FABRIC: Main: 80% Wool, 20% Polyester. Lining: 100% silk. WASH CARE: Dry Clean read more
Klara is a long detailed corduroy trenchcoat in an amazing purple colour. Belt in waist with metal belt buckle, two welt pockets i...n front and belted cuffs on sleeves with wooden buttons. Double-breasted wooden button closure in front. Black cotton lining inside. FABRIC: 100% Cotton WASH: Dry clean read more
Lola is a fitted stretchy dress in a black hand painted print and short sleeves. Slightly A- shaped from hips and down. Invisible ...zip in side seam. Black silk lining. MAIN: 95% Cotton, 5% Spandex. LINING: 95% Silk, 5% Spandex. Dry Clean. read more
Pink coat with black PU Leather buttons and half length sleeves. Two pockets in side seam and two big pockets in front. Belt in wa...istline and black lining inside. Fabric: 97% Cotton, 3% Elastane Wash care: Professional clean only read more
Fitted dress with leather and suede imitation details both in back and front. Invisible zip in center back. Has a white soft silk ...lining. FABRIC: Main: 100% Polyester, PU Leather. Lining: 95% silk, 5% spandex. WASH CARE: Dry Clean read more
Multi coloured silk shirt dress with a thin collar and wide cuffs. Belt in waistline and a hidden button stand with clear plastic ...buttons in front. Use it either as a dress or a long shirt with jeans underneath. Fabric: 95% Silk, 5% spandex. Care: Dry Clean. read more
Long silk stretch dress in multicoloured placement print. Invisible zip in side seam and white silk stretch lining inside. Feature...s open V in back. Hand sewn hem. FABRIC: 95% Silk, 5% Spandex CARE INFO: Dry clean read more
Long detailed trench coat in an amazing navy bird print. Belt in waist with silver belt buckle, two welt pockets in front and deta...ils on sleeves with wooden buttons. Also features six wooden buttons in front and has a navy silk lining. FABRIC: Main: 95% Cotton, 5% Spandex. Lining: 100% silk CARE INFO: Dry clean read more
Long detailed trenchcoat in an amazing khaki colour. Belt in waist with silver belt buckle, two welt pockets in front and details ...on sleeves with wooden buttons. Also features six wooden buttons in front and has back cotton lining. Fabric: Main: 95% Cotton, 5% Spandex Care info: Dry clean read more
Matilda dress is a shirt dress in 100% Silk. featuring a hidden button stand and a thin collar. Double buttons on cuffs. FABRIC: 1...00% Silk WASH CARE: Dry Clean read more
Multi coloured long shirt dress with a small collar and wide cuffs. Belt in waistline and button stand with clear plastic buttons ...in front. 100% silk. FABRIC: 100% Silk CARE INFO: Dry clean read more
100% silk dress with pleats around skirt. Half length raglans sleeves with thin ribbon details on cuffs. Hidden button stand in fr...ont. FABRIC: 100% Silk CARE INFO: Dry clean read more
Fitted silk dress with long sleeves. Slightly A-shaped from hips and down. Invisible zip in center back and a thin collar. Navy si...lk lining. FABRIC: 95% Silk, 5% spandex. WASH CARE: Dry Clean read more
Yellow printed cotton skirt with belt and belt buckle in waistline. Zip in front and has a stretchy silk lining inside. Fabric: Ma...in: 100% Cotton. Lining 95% silk, 5% spandex Care info: Dry clean read more