If you're planning a destination wedding in a warm climate, finding your dress just got a little bit easier. Go for a gown that's lightweight: not only will it keep you cool, but it will also be easy to pack in your luggage. Think chiffon and lace fabrics with airy details like illusion designs, pleats, and draping, and pair it with delicate accessories, like gold earrings, thin bracelets, and sandals.
As for your hair and makeup? A natural, low-maintenance look will fit right in at the beach (and last longer, too). After all, if you opt for tinted moisturizer and bronzer instead of heavy foundation, you won't have to worry about makeup melting off your face, and if you wear loose waves, you won't have to worry about an up do falling down — all the better to concentrate on enjoying the moment. Here, four dresses we're loving now.
1. If you've always loved the classic look, try this two-piece: it has the makings of a traditional dress (lace, a fit-and-flare silhouette) but the separates make it feel fresh and relaxed enough to wear on the beach. (Two-piece floral lace dress, $1,000, Casablanca Bridal)
2. This one's for all of you who are regulars at Reformation — you'll love this dress in one of their signature styles, complete with an empire waist and flutter sleeves. We also love the versatility of it: after the wedding, you can wear it again in the summer (or even on your honeymoon!) with a jean jacket and sandals — the perfect brunch ensemble. ("Georgette" dress, $388, Reformation)
3. A gown doesn't have to be big and sparkly to be luxe. This stunning number, made of silk chiffon and pleated by hand, is a lesson in subtlety. Plus — that open back? So chic. (Hand-pleated dress with silk-crepe band and silk-chiffon ruffle skirt, price upon request, J. Mendel)
4. We're obsessed with the illusion lace details on this dress, from the sleeves to the empire-waist bodice and even the back (check out a cool picture of it here on the website). Also a bonus? The fact that this gown is a touch more structured than the rest make it perfect to wear if you're transitioning from a more formal church ceremony to a laid back beach reception. (Lace dress with keyhole open-back detail, $2,300, Rembo Styling)