The trend for beach wedding dresses or any wedding dress for that matter, has been leaning towards simplicity for the last several years. Gone are the wedding dresses that incorporated heavy materials, yards of lace and large fabric flowers. The bride’s arms came uncovered, bare shoulders became stylish and beach wedding dresses became uncomplicated and unencumbered.
If you look up the synonyms for simplicity, you’ll come up with words like ease, effortlessness, minimalism and cleanness. But then again, you’ll also encounter words like plainness or even blandness. If you look at the two groups of words, you probably have an idea of the challenge you’ll have to face if you choose to wear a simple beach wedding dress on your big day.
So what is simple? Choose words like ‘minimalist’ or ‘ease’ and combine that with ‘clean lines’ and you’ll have an idea of how a simple beach wedding dress should look like. If you need a good example of a simple but stunning wedding dress, go back several years and imagine what the late Carolyn Bessette wore for her wedding to John Kennedy, Jr. That was a simple gown with no frills – just clean, beautiful lines, a long sheath dress cut on a bias and made to hug the bride’s enviable figure perfectly.
Whether short or long, a simple beach wedding dress will work perfectly if it fits you to a T. Consider your silhouette and go for clean lines that follow your natural curves. Choose materials that work great with beach weddings such as linen, chiffon, tulle and organza. They are light, are available in different colors and will work well with your desired cut.
A simple beach wedding dress can either be a formal or casual number. A full-length gown is perfect for a formal beach wedding while a knee length wedding dress will work well for a more casual affair.
You can also go for a sarong-style dress. A simple length of fabric can be wrapped around and worn as a beach wedding dress – no frills, no need for sewing and it doubles as appropriate beach wear.