It is the biggest and most exciting day of one’s life: The Wedding Day. It is a day that every girl the world over has dreamed of for years. Once the fog of happiness clears for a moment however, the seriousness of it all suddenly hits. Weddings need careful planning, organization and management. For a bride-to-be, all of this can be very overwhelming and every little bit of help counts. The bride will be the center of this momentous day. All eyes are on her… and her dress. The wedding dress will be the centerpiece of the whole look, so choosing the perfect one is a vital part of the wedding process as any.
There are several conditions to be considered in choosing a dress: budget, wedding theme and location, body type, and the wearer’s personality. Since the wedding dress is to be worn by the star of the event, a big portion of the budget is allocated for it, but a lot of money need not be spent. There are several options available to her from brand new to vintage, renting or buying, couture or designer-made, shop bought or purchased online. With everything so easily accessible, there are almost limitless choices. One of the least explored however is wearing summer dresses for the wedding.
Summer dresses are originally intended to be worn in the summer months, during warm weather. Summer dresses are most often in lightweight fabric and are loose fitting. Wearing summer dresses as a wedding dress is very appropriate for destination weddings and outdoor settings such as beach or garden weddings. Aside from allowing the bride to be comfortable, summer dresses are a unique way to express fashion style without being too costly.
With so many options out there, choosing the right dress may seem like a daunting task but as long as these guidelines are kept in mind, finding the perfect wedding summer dress will be as breezy as wearing it.
COLOR: Dress color can either make or break the whole look. If the wedding has a more traditional feel, summer dresses can be worn in colors such as white, ivory, or cream. For more personality, other colors can be chosen as well. Shades in light pink, yellow, or blue are wedding appropriate. If the bride-to-be is non-traditional and has a bold personality, vibrant colors in red, orange, or bright yellow, can be worn especially to informal weddings. The bride’s personality comes into play when choosing colors. It sets the tone for all other wedding details such as décor and flowers.
CUT AND/OR STYLE OF THE DRESS: Summer dresses come in varied styles. It should be chosen based on one’s figure (pear-shaped, petite, apple shaped, top heavy, bottom heavy, slim and lanky, voluptuous, etc.) and personal fashion sense. An A-line silhouette is flattering for most body types. Show a little bit of skin for a sexier look. Show off shoulders in sleeveless and halter styles. Shorter hemlines are popular among petite women while maxi dresses are more appropriate for tall women. A flowing skirt that rests at just the right places can do wonders for a not so perfect figure. Empire waists create the illusion of length and make the wearer seem like she has longer legs. Necklines draw the eyes upward when the bride is more comfortable showing off that area. The simplicity or complexity of the dress would depend on the look that the bride is trying to achieve. Summer dresses are not limited to one single style, so the wearer can choose from whatever form she feels that is best for her.
ACCESSORIES: The key element to taking the summer dress look from an ordinary day at the beach to a wedding dress for the special day is accessorizing. If the summer dress is simple, glitz it up with metallic accents. For a more formal look, jewelry may be worn to give it an elegant air. For a full beach look, beads and accents with a tribal feel can be worn to reinforce the theme. Thread some flowers through the hair for a delicate feminine flair, or string them up into leis to be worn around the neck, to be worn as bracelets, or anklets. For simple white shifts, wearing a fabric belt in the chosen motif for contrast is a pretty way of setting the colors off. A lace shawl or topper can be worn to disguise the summer dress and keep it wedding appropriate. Wearing pearls and crystals add a glamorous touch as well. Wedding veils aren’t a must for modern weddings, but if the bride chooses to wear one, simple and short styles are more appropriate for summer dresses. The wedding bouquet should be kept simple, so as not to over shadow the summer dress. It is an accent that is meant to compliment and not to be the show stopper itself.
HAIR: Long loose waves over the shoulders compliment summer dresses; flowers in the hair as headbands or accents in an up do works just as well. For a unique look, thread ribbons or beads through one’s tresses for a bohemian touch.
SHOES: Since summer dresses are non-traditional, go for shoes that aren’t as well. Heels may be worn but are more likely to get stuck in the sand for beach venues. Sandals can be worn but draw the line on rubber flip flops. There are dressier options, some with glittery accents and metallic colors. Shoes in the color of the bride’s maids’ dresses are a nice way of tying the whole motif together.
Summer dresses are a great alternative to traditional wedding dresses. Whether going for a casual or formal feel, summer dresses allow the bride to be stylish and unique without breaking the budget. Ultimately, whatever the style or color that is chosen, it is the bride who makes the decision. She should feel feminine, elegant, and beautiful all at the same time, without compromising comfort.