Choosing your wedding dress is one of the most exciting parts of the wedding planning process. Every bride will consider fabrics, fashion trends and so on, but if you’re getting married abroad there are other things you need to keep in mind, too. Luckily, dress experts Romantica of Devon are on hand to remind us what they are…


Keep your destination in mind

As soon as you’ve got that ring on your finger, you’ll probably start thinking about your wedding dress. But when it comes to a wedding abroad, you should really choose your destination first. Your first thought may be a full lace A-line gown but this simply will not fit in with a laid-back celebration on the beach. Equally, wearing a simplistic chiffon, shift dress would look out of place in an elegant European castle.

For a breathtaking beach wedding we would suggest ruffles, which will move beautifully in the sea breeze. Or for a more demure affair, why not try something with a statement lace or keyhole back, such as the Opulence Bridal dress Salerno, above.


Transporting your gown

The most important factor to keep in mind is how you are going to get your dress to your destination. The more slimline the dress, the easier it will be to transport. Princess-style wedding dresses are a shipping nightmare. Choosing a slim-fitting gown may also enable you to take it with you as hand luggage, instead of packing it into the hold.

Want a dress that travels well, but don’t want to sacrifice style? Plain gowns can be easily accessorised with boleros, belts and brooches. Take Lisette from the Romantica of Devon collection – this is the perfect dress for an overseas celebration. Another way to reduce the amount of fabric that you have to pack? Opt for a short, sassy style! That way, your dress won’t be dragging in the sand, and you can show off your wedding shoes, too!


Think about the weather

It might be freezing cold in England but the chances are that you’re choosing to get married somewhere which is much brighter and warmer. Think ahead and choose a material which is going to breathe and keep you cool on your big day.

Loose fitting fabrics such as chiffon and organza are perfect for a Caribbean climate. Something that is more fitted with lots of layers is likely to cause you to over heat. We suggest the Pure Bridal design, Bizet, for keeping you at the perfect temperature. Also, keep in mind that generally things get much cooler in the evenings abroad and so pack matching boleros for you and your bridesmaids just in case.

Want to see more informal wedding dresses? We’ve got 11 of the best right here. Now you’ve found your dress for your wedding abroad, you need some reception details! The Wedding Ideas Shop has everything you need…


  1. Chiffon all the way! I loved the big dresses but they were just too heavy and I had to be realistic. So I have gone for a lovely chiffon number that is light and airy but still looks like a wedding dress 🙂 … 159 days to go!! xx


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