Wednesday January 11 2012.


Today I’m handing over the Bijou reins to For Her & For Him’s resident style expert Sophie, who is going to give us her guide to being a Destination Bride…

Well, I just love the idea of escaping to exotic shores to exchange vows with my husband to be – the beach, the sea, or just the great outdoors makes for such a scenic and romantic setting.  Especially now as we’re right in the middle of winter and all I want to do is escape to better, hotter places!  Fashion wise, when it comes to a destination wedding, there’s more to consider than you’d need to with an indoor wedding but it definitely opens up a whole range of wedding dress options that you might otherwise not have considered.  And with a bit of practical thought and common sense, any would be dress mishaps at the beach can be easily avoided!
for her for him destination wedding dress
Destination weddings tend to be more casual and relaxed, so your dress can be on the more informal side to suit the atmosphere.  One of the main questions you’ll be considering is whether to wear a short or a long gown.  Long cathedral or chapel veils should be avoided unless you fancy dragging the beach (or whatever lies in your path!) with you or getting it wet in the sea.  Floor length gowns, however, are great for beach weddings and can be chosen in light, floating fabrics such as chiffon.  Choose a strapless gown, or one with small straps over one or both shoulders.  A couple of my favorites from our Spring 2012 collection are this gorgeous Grecian style gown (below) that will seriously up your goddess power and this sweet column gown (second image below) that has a one-shoulder strap featuring cute 3D flowers – a great way to add some fresh summer details, without too much weight. 

destination bride style

Knee length or short dresses can be worn without caution, as long as you remember to choose a fabric that’s weather-appropriate and will let your skin breathe. If it’s likely to be windy in your location, you might want to avoid loose, chiffon mini dresses that will be up over your head in no time!  This cute dress (below) with ballerina style skirt would be great for a destination wedding, if you’re not into the whole floaty-hippy look.  It’s fun, quirky and has a lovely vintage feel to it; while its simplicity keeps it looking fresh.  Short dresses will let you stay cool, show off tanned legs and allow you to move freely and easily; making them an excellent choice for a destination wedding.

for her and for him audrey dress

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And when it comes to destination bridesmaid style, for me, it’s all about short dresses and heaps of color!  I’m loving strapless or one-shoulder dresses; delicate folds and ruffles; light layers; and bright, juicy colors!  For all of our bridesmaid dresses, you can choose the color, making sure you get something that’s perfect for your location. And with such spectacular surroundings, you can relax a bit and let nature do the talking!

destination bridesmaid style

I hope you all enjoyed this as much as I did, thank you Sophie!  You can view the full For Her & For Him range on their website and they offer an amazing FAST TRACK option – custom size (and color) dresses shipped to you in just 7 days!  Perfect if you are impatient or a bit last-minute with your wedding plans.

And you might have noticed the new look website for The Bijou Bride, what do you think?  Please leave a comment as there’s still time to change it!