Destination Wedding? Choose your perfect wedding dress...

Here at Lief Bridal we have been left a little jealous recently by the number of brides we have met who are opting for destination weddings. While these can be a little less stressful to plan, they often require a very different planning process, leaving lots of brides in need of extra advice when choosing their perfect wedding dress so we have drawn up a list of things to consider that we hope will help...

1. Choose your fabric carefully.

When choosing your dress you must consider how you will transport it to your venue and how long it is likely to be in storage. We always advise our brides to hang their dress up as soon as they get it home to prevent any creases forming. This will not always be possible if you are about to get on a plane or take a long car journey to your destination so look for fabrics that will not crease easily like chiffon, tulle and lace but remember to consider the weather on your big day when choosing fabric thickness.

2. Size does matter.

Although size is not always important, this is one situation where it definitely is! If you are travelling by plane, the safest option to ensure your dress stays safe is to take it on board as hand luggage and keep it where you can see it at all times until you land! Most airlines will have hand luggage size restrictions which are worth finding out before shopping for your dream dress. Give this information to your bridal consultant and ask them to help you choose a dress that will fit within your size limitations.

3. Don't forget the train.

If you plan to get married outdoors then the length or your train will suddenly become very important! Having a bustle attached to the train of your dress will mean that you can tuck it away neatly to dance the night away during your reception but for your ceremony you want the entire beauty of your dress on display for all of your guests to admire! If you plan to marry outdoors consider the surfaces you are going to be walking on and how easily your train will glide over these. Longer or heavier trains are much more at risk of becoming damaged during an outdoor wedding so opting for a shorter or lighter train will be much more comfortable. If you love the romantic look of the flowing train behind a wedding dress then a long veil is a great alternative. It will give you the shape you desire but will be much lighter and far less likely to bring half the aisle with it as you walk!

4. Look a little further than a wedding dress.

Most designer bridesmaid dresses are available to order in ivory making them great options when choosing 'the one' for your destination. These dresses are usually made with lighter fabrics, a shorter or no train and a similar internal structure that a wedding dress bodice has for support. Ordering in ivory will usually cost a little extra as a slightly thicker fabric will be used to prevent the dress from appearing 'see through' but can still work out to be much cheaper than the cost of a wedding dress which is an additional bonus!

5. Keep your cool

Whether you're opting for warmer climates or somewhere a little cooler, remember to factor this in to your dress choice. On a hot day you'll appreciate having less fabric around your arms and neck so a strapless or halterneck style may be well received and if you are planning a cooler getaway it might be worth investing in a faux fur bolero or jacket or trying dresses with sleeves.

We would love to help you find your dream dress! Book your appointment to visit us in our exclusive use boutique and discuss your requirements over a cup of tea at

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