Best Wedding Dress for Your Outdoor Wedding

Outdoor weddings are an up and coming trend—and with good reason. Nowadays, more and more brides are breaking with tradition and becoming better attuned to their individual preferences. And if you’re reading this post, you’ve already taken that first step. You heard Mother Nature calling your name, and you answered the call! What better place than the great outdoors to exchange your sacred vows to your one true love? If you ask us, that’s a Kodak moment fit for a princess.

When it comes to getting hitched in nature, the sky is the literal limit. Whether you’ll be married beachside or surrounded by a winery’s rolling hills, you’ll need to adapt your wedding dress for the environment. So, how should you do that? We’re glad you asked, oh, beautiful bride-to-be! We’ve selected a few of our favourite pieces from Alamour The Label’s Wedding Dress Collection along with some helpful tips to help you find the perfect gown for your special day.

 

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The fabric

If you’re marrying with Mother Nature as your witness, you will need to choose a fabric that will fit the climate in addition to your beautiful self. If you’re planning to tie the knot in spring or summer, or have opted for a tropical destination wedding, breathable materials such as cotton, chiffon, or lace will keep you cool in warmer climates. On the other hand, if you’re marrying in autumn or winter, heavier cotton or perhaps even velvet will be your best friends. Fabulous as Phoebe Buffay can be, there’s no need to ‘be your something blue’ when you can still look beautiful whilst keeping warm.

The venue

Your outdoor venue and dress should harmoniously set the aesthetic of the day. Play around with the theme of your scenery and see what goes with what! Beachy brides may want to match their breezy backdrop with a lightweight chiffon or silk ensemble. Think of how the light material, reminiscent of clouds or lolling ocean waves, could catch in the lazy breeze.

Are you getting married in a garden? You may wish to err on the side of tradition. Gardens and parks are the backdrops of traditional wedding photography, so bring out the longer skirts and lacey veils. A similar principle applies to vineyard brides. Just beware that you will need to manoeuvre every last inch of your train along Mother Nature’s floor. Be mindful of the uneven terrain often inherent to vineyards.

The silhouette

When choosing a dress for your outdoor wedding, you’ll need to select a beautiful silhouette that’s also comfortable. Think maxi lengths and A-line cuts. Though not the traditional bridal length, these shapes are as flattering as they are flexible, suitable for all body types and allowing for ease of movement. And as you amble along stone paths, loose leaves, or sandy beaches, you’ll be grateful for this!

The veil (should it prevail)

Should you choose to include a veil in your bridal ensemble, think of it as an extension of your silhouette. In terms of length, veils can eclipse the wedding dress itself. Some brides may prefer something shorter—or even opt to forego the tradition—and let the dress take centre stage. Other brides prefer to stick with standard lengths. The great thing about a veil is that you can remove it after the formal ceremony is over.

Outdoor weddings are a welcome chance to enjoy nature and breathtaking surroundings whilst celebrating one of your most important life events. If you’re going to take anything away from this, remember to keep the climate in mind. Different fabrics are better suited for different venues and weather conditions. Whilst cotton or chiffon dresses are perfect for hot summer days, velvet gowns will keep you warm on a chilly autumn evening. Choose a silhouette that makes you feel beautiful and comfortable no matter the temperature.

 

And that, beautiful bride-to-be, is a wrap. Happy hunting!

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