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How do you get the whole bridal party looking super-stylish in the sun? Here bridesmaid expert Michelle Hailey from twobirds Bridesmaid reveals her personal styling tips for your perfect wedding abroad…

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A ballgown for the beach

At twobirds, we have found our ballgown dress in ivory is a fabulous destination wedding dress solution. Not only is it lightweight and sits freely on the top half of the body – perfect for hot weather – but it’s ideal for travelling as the material is completely crease free. The dress can also be accessorised with rows of rosettes to make it even more eye catching.

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Savvy suits

When choosing outfits for your groom and best men, it’s wise to opt for pale fabrics – cream and beige are ideal solutions in lightweight cotton or linen, teamed with brown and tan-coloured shoes or sandals for a classic yet contemporary look.

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Bright bridesmaids

At twobirds, we love bold colours and what better scheme for a wedding abroad? If you’re getting married by the sea, our new mint and duck egg colours for 2014 would work really well against a Med or Caribbean backdrop.

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Sexy sandals

If you’re getting married on a beach, heels are a big no no. The last thing you want is to find yourself disappearing into the sand while you say I do. Instead, opt for some glittery sandals for you and your maids or perhaps some foot jewellery. If you’re having a reception elsewhere you can always have some killer heels on standby for your evening look.

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Beachy blooms

Flowers are a fantastic way of accessorising your destination wedding look. Floral head garlands are currently making a huge comeback for bridesmaids or alternatively give each of your girls a corsage cuff instead of a bouquet. This is a fab money-saving option, too!

Banish flyaways

If humid temperatures wreak havoc with your hair, consider going for an updo that will stay put all day, twisted plait styles are very on trend and will complement a floaty Grecian-inspired gown perfectly. Alternatively long, loose curls work well. Add some sea spray spritz for that beachy shine.

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Smudge proof make-up

It’s important to consider how your skin will react to the heat to ensure you look picture perfect on your big day. Before you leave the UK be sure to consult a professional make-up artist who can advise on the best products for the weather at your destination. You may need to invest in some lighter make-up that will let your skin breathe and oil free products to make sure you stay shine-free.

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Bye bye sunburn

Last but not least, we always remind our brides to keep topped up with suncream – not only in the few days running up to the wedding – the last thing you want are red tan marks! – but also on the day itself. It’s very easy to get carried away with the emotions of day and forget that your skin is sizzling. Pack handy pocket size factors that your bridesmaids can apply to you throughout they day – that’s what they are there for, after all!

To see more beautiful dresses from twobirds Bridesmaid, click here. Or get more inspiration from our Real Weddings both at home and abroad.

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