Saturday, July 23, 2011

Beach Bound Bridesmaids!

Last week's heat reminded us that Summer is definitely here, which means BEACH WEDDING SEASON is upon us! Being that I just served as a bridesmaid in black-tie, uber-traditional, capitol city wedding, I feel like the perfect candidate to dish out advice on how to properly care for your beachy bridesmaids. Okay, not exactly, but since I grew up by the sea, have dreamed of exchanging my vows in the sand (I thank The Little Mermaid for that fairytale vision of mine), and have a little bridesmaid experience up my dress, I have racked up a few suggestions on how to experience smooth sailing when it comes to bridesmaids on the coast. As a bridesmaid, I know I would greatly appreciate if my bride buddy kept these dress tips in mind....

 Keep It Short And Sweet

No, it does not have to be so short that your special ladies wear it clubbing long after you've exchanged vows, but mid-calf or above the knee is an optimal length.  Let's face it, your girls will be paying a fine penny to look beautiful during your special day, and we don;t want a dragging gown to get ruined and weathered by the sand or sea.  Salt water, sand and ocean breeze do not mix well with long, formal designer gowns!  Below are a few from the Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaid Collection, which is now available at one of our fav's, Carine's Bridal Atelier!

Consider Off-The-Rack

The beach screams relaxation, rejuvenation and fun, so it's best not to pick bridesmaid dresses that scream the exact opposite.  Your maids can be comfortable and chic in an easy to access off-the-rack dress!  If none of the females in the wedding party require custom sized apparel, then buying off-the-rack is a more practical option that usually will not break the bank.  See the pictures below of comfortable beach chic Lilly Pulitzer dresses that make for a gorgeous and effortless wedding photo.  Plus, all the women will surely be grateful for not having to make many a trek to the designer bridesmaid dress shop for several fittings and alterations.

Stay Cool!!!