Island Wedding Dresses and Wedding Gowns

A wedding on a tropical island invokes images of sand, surf, and rolling waves. A gentle breeze and shimmering sunshine the bride who awaits her island wedding, in her beautiful island wedding dress.

Island wedding dress fabrics
Island wedding dresses are more an idea or a feeling than style per se. several aspects must be respected for the bride to feel comfortable at the beach during an island wedding. One of these is the trade winds, which are breezy and light. To be capable of using these trade winds in a bride’s favor, fabrics that are light weight are best, such as georgette, linen, charmeuse, gauze, satin, cotton, silk, and chiffon. The advantage to these fabrics is their easy mobility; to limit the amount of sticking or clinging a fabric may have against a bride’s skin, in the hot weather.

This means the bride’s wedding dress will have to be packed, therefore a dress that irons well or less likely to crease is a safe bet. In keeping with an island wedding theme, sarongs, tea length dresses, or short wedding dresses lend themselves really well. A train that is extended is not advisable when the wedding location is outdoors, but a shorter version is acceptable.

Colored Island wedding dress or colored detailing
Tropical island statements are made by colored wedding dresses, as opposed to the more conventional white or ivory, which are still very good color choices for island wedding dresses. Color adds character and island charm is infused into the ceremony, and as such any color can work well with an island setting wedding. For those brides who prefer otherwise, a few details of the wedding details can be in color, such as appliqu├ęs, embroidery, some piping, or sash, can be in color. This finer detailing will hint at color, without overwhelming the senses.

As a tribute to the stunningly beautiful nature of island weddings, quite a number of the well respected designers in the wedding dress industry have entire lines of island wedding dresses. The style of dress can range from spaghetti straps, strapless, and halter necks, to A-line, empire waist, cut out low back, and full skirts.

Island wedding dress accessories
Island wedding dresses have to be paired with the appropriate footwear, as traditional pumps are not practical in sand. As a consequence, sandals, which are elegant and simple, will work well with wedding gowns. One strap sandals are particularly recommended. Flip-flops, adorned with flowers that are hand painted, jewels, or shells are a popular choice of island wedding dress footwear, as are barefoot sandals. These are jewelry that embellishes the top of a bride’s feet, at the same time leave the soles of her feet bare. Adornments may include flowers, rhinestones, and pearls.

Jewelry should be kept simple, as a simple rule. A lone gold chain, pearl earrings, is normally adequate. Fans, be they of straw or white elegant paper, can also adorn an island wedding bride, as well as parasols can. Brides retain a feminine look with parasols draped off the shoulders. A hair ornament will add romance to any island wedding, with a tiara, jeweled comb, or flowers completing the ensemble.

10 Fatal Mistakes When Preparing a Caribbean Island Wedding

1. Not understanding the local geography. When a website says the villa is located near or has access to a beach, that does not mean it is walkable.

2. Not having a local representative that knows the islands customs, nuances and laws. I.e. which beaches have fire ants, which villas allow large parties, is there enough parking at my event site or should I hire taxis for my guests, etc.

3. Thinking the same conveniences enjoyed stateside exist on a tiny island: i.e. 24 hour convenience stores, fast food, wholesale clubs and department stores, parking, door to door mail, garbage or food delivery and pick up etc. People like islands for their tranquility… this also means they are remote and do not have every accommodation available.

4. Bringing your own photographer not educated on our unusual lighting challenges. You’ll waste money on photos that are average when you’re in a top location for some of the best wedding photos you’ve seen.

5. Having your ceremony at sunset. While romantic, unfortunately this produces disappointing picture quality and eliminates all the beautiful Caribbean water shots. Depending on the beach, mosquitoes and no-see-ums can also become a problem.

6. Shipping your wedding dress. Don’t do it. Shipping can take WAY longer than you think. Do NOT believe the post office when they say only a few days or a week. And do not think the packaged box will be treated with care.

7. Believing the post office or other delivery service when they say it will be there the next day, week, month. This is something that is easily assured to get you, an unknowing visitor, satisfied enough to get off the phone. Talk to your planner and learn the best way to insure your items get here before your wedding.

8. Not taking into account that our climate may change the way your personal care products work. i.e. make up, hair spray, etc. Hair gets frizzy or goes flat; hair products get sticky or go hard; deodorant can be useless after 5 minutes… ask about this stuff or read up on the internet before you go and assume it will all be as effective in the hot climate.

9. Hiring a stateside wedding planner. They may know weddings. They will not know Caribbean weddings or island-specific details that will make your experience a smooth one.

10. Getting a facial the day before your wedding. Please do not even think of this. I’ve seen too many brides foolishly indulge in a facial during a luxurious spa day before a wedding, part of her relaxation and enjoyment with friends. Then, RED ALERT! Her face breaks out in a rash, red blotches or starts itching the next morning–the day of her wedding day–due to some ingredient she didn’t realize was included in the exclusive salon products.

Long Island Wedding Invitations in 4 Locations For 4 Seasons

You live on Long Island and you are about to send out wedding invitations to the whole family and everyone you have ever known in your life. You may be lacking in inspiration or ideas of what to do. Why not make your wedding invitations as unique as Long Island and its diverse landscapes? Long Island has a rich history that you can include in your photos for your wedding invitations to give them originality and added value. Here are four different place to go on Long Island depending on the season.

Summer time boardwalk photos for your wedding invitations at Long Beach. Wait until sunset in the summer and you will have great light hitting at the just the right angle and intensity to make your photos and the background look amazing.

In the fall, go to Cold Spring Harbor for beautiful wedding invitation photos. This pristine Long Island hamlet is great in the fall, especially near St. John’s Church. The colors of the trees and the water combine to give the place a very in-season look without all of the concrete. Great for all wedding invitations.

Take winter photos at the Greenport carousel to give mysticism to your wedding invitations. This village in Suffolk County with a population of 2,048 is a quaint place that lacks a police department, but has a locally famous carousel that is illuminated at night and that gives off vibrant colors sure to make your wedding invitations as unique as you are.

Take photos along the beaches of Montauk for intimate wedding invitations in the Spring. The famous beaches of this hamlet make it a great destination for wedding invitations on Long Island Personally I am reminded of “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” when I think of that place – an image that evokes love. That is what your wedding invitations should be about.