Destination weddings are an increasingly popular choice, offering the romance of combining the ceremony with the honeymoon. The lure of exotic locations or the chance to exchange vows in a balmy beach setting has a magical appeal for many couples. Brides that dream of their special day in paradise will often consider a less traditional or informal wedding gown. Specialist bridal retailer Madame Bridal has a wonderful selection of destination wedding dresses from some of the leading bridal houses, designed specifically for faraway weddings, including such collections as Mori Lee Voyage, Watters Encore, Impression, and Marys Bridal Informals.
Many couples opt for beach locations for their destination weddings and we have dresses particularly tailored for sun and sand settings. While many favor Caribbean Islands or Hawaiian beaches, other couples are seduced by the lure of mountain ranches, the lush wine country of the Napa valley, mountainous destinations with magnificent snow laden peaks in the background of the wedding pictures, French chateaux, European castles, or even a flight to Las Vegas to have their nuptials performed by an Elvis impersonator. No matter how far the couple plans to travel the bride should consider that she will need to pack, store and transport her wedding gown, thus the choice of dress is often something simpler than one selected for a more traditional wedding.
Brides should consider the choice of fabric, avoiding heavy fabrics and favoring breathable and lightweight fabrics that will withstand the heat and offer comfort. Slim silhouettes are favored for their simplicity and less traditional appeal, offering comfort and graceful movement. High-low hemlines, short dresses and gowns with simple sweep trains are more practical when sand is a consideration and the bride envisages dipping her toes into the ocean as the couple share a wedding toast.
Another not impractical reason why destination weddings are an increasing trend is the affordability option compared to a more traditional wedding. This is reflected in the affordability of these destination wedding dresses, which tend to be less expensive than more elaborate gowns which maybe out of place in a faraway setting. A lower price tag can be a key in fulfilling the dreams of sharing your nuptials in your dream destination. Our destination collections are very affordable, saving money that can be spent during the honeymoon.
We have some beautiful lightweight dresses among our sales pages where you can discover Impression Destiny dresses, Marys Bridals Informals and even coveted WTOO dresses at bargain prices. Impression features lace and chiffon wedding dresses, styled simply with shimmering touches. The collection includes strapless and halter A-line silhouettes with beaded neckline and waistlines. The Marys Bridals Informals collection includes some simple tulle and chiffon dresses that are perfect for the beach and other outdoor settings.
Mori Lee Voyage is a collection of affordable, fabulous dresses that are romantic, feminine and contemporary, created by renowned bridal designer Madeline Gardner who is noted for her expertise in design and her flair for beautiful embellishments. This label is replete with easy to pack gowns in lightweight fabrics which are comfortable and cool to wear in searing temperatures. Mori Lee uses light, filmy fabrics such as English net, crepe, tulle, organza and chiffon for these destination gowns. Colors are not confined to traditional white, but also include ivory, champagne and blush. Silhouettes are simply flattering, offering ease of movement, including fitted gowns, fit and flare, trumpets and A-lines. These dresses are informal enough for brides to kick off their heels after the ceremony and run along the sands barefoot for those idyllic carefree moments that will be captured forever in the wedding photographs. Strapless gowns are perfect for showcasing tanned shoulders and long flowing skirts exude enchantment.
Gardner also keeps embellishments simple on these gowns, adding touches such as removable satin beaded belts, beaded brooches and crystal beaded spaghetti straps. Delicate lace appliques are used as accents, while beaded necklines and waistlines provide shimmer that reflects the sunlight. Lovely lace straps have a hint of the exotic so suited to the most romantic of settings. Other embellishments include chandelier crystal beaded straps, scattered beads adorning skirts, diamante beading, beaded embroidery and covered buttons. The simplicity does not detract from the romantic and feminine appeal, but rather highlights the natural beauty of the bride in her element in such a dreamy setting.
Voyage also incorporates bridal separates with tops and skirts sold separately, extending the honeymoon wardrobe as either piece can be paired with something else for a totally new look. Brides that choose a less traditional wedding will still desire the quality and craftsmanship that is always assured with a Mori Lee wedding dress. These destination gowns are no exception when it comes to quality of design or the fine attention to detail one can expect from a leading designer in the bridal industry. No matter how far a couple are traveling for their dream wedding a Voyage dress will travel exceptionally well with them to create the wow factor for the ceremony and marriage celebration. Voyage is made for those memorable, once in a lifetime moments when the groom sweeps his gorgeous bride into his arms with the sea or the mountains as a backdrop.
Watters Encore is an irresistible collection of little white dresses offering a stylishly casual option at very affordable prices, perfect for destination brides. Although the label is positioned as the little white dress the brand also includes tea-length and full-length dresses, in addition to cocktail-length dresses and fun romper suits. Color choice is not limited to white as the label experiments with other cool and enchanting shades such as ivory, bronze, light nude, gardenia, and blush, almond, champagne, and even black.
Encore offers a look to suit every occasion associated with the wedding and honeymoon, breaking with the tradition of more formal dresses in favor of refreshingly romantic style with a free spirit vibe. These versatile dresses are fashioned in the finest English net, illusion tulle, stretch satin, and an array of luscious laces including Bella, Pippa and Guipure. These lightweight dresses pack like a dream, making them the ideal choice for honeymoons and destination weddings. You can opt for a look of chic sophistication or flirtatious charm, fabulously feminine romance or playful whimsy. There are carefree and vivacious styles for daytime weddings and elegant options for the evening.
Couples marrying for a second time often choose a beach location, having already experienced a more traditional wedding the first time around. Second time brides will be drawn to the relaxed, simpler styles that showcase their beauty without formal constrictions. Couples that are renewing their vows may wish to revisit their original honeymoon destination and reaffirm their commitment to each other in a spot that holds special memories for them. A wedding dress from our destination collections will create a whole new look to cherish. Either scenario of second time around weddings or vow renewals gives the bride the chance to create a contemporary, relaxed look that gives an exciting new vibe to the occasion.
A destination wedding provides the most wonderful opportunity for wedding photographs that will really stand out and capture forever the idyllic setting. The informality of many of these gowns makes them perfect for the bride caught up in the exhilaration of the day, unafraid to test the boundaries of convention. The romance of the occasion can be heightened by the more relaxed atmosphere that is often associated with a far flung wedding. An enchanting gown adds to the magic of the day and is important to the bride wishing to share the photographs and videos with those special friends that were unable to travel to attend the wedding. The bride that selects a specifically designed destination dress will be a vision in clean and fresh lines that promise romance in a stunning setting only second to her beauty.