Backyards, parks and beaches are all beautiful locations for a wedding. With the backdrop of crashing waves, a gorgeous sunset or a landscape of fall-colored leaves, how could you resist? While it can be wonderful to get married outdoors, you have to consider how the weather could affect your big day and your choice of wedding attire. When planning your outdoor wedding, be sure you are looking at comfortable and weather-appropriate outdoor wedding dresses.
Summer beach wedding dresses should be made of light, breathable materials. Go with light fabrics such as a thin silk or chiffon—they are airy and fit perfectly with the beach atmosphere. These fabrics are easier to move in, which will come in handy when you’re walking down the sandy aisle. Also consider wearing a strapless or one-shouldered gown—these are cooler and allow you to show off your neckline. Let your guests know ahead of time that they should wear beach wedding attire. Linen is a great choice. You want your guests to be comfortable, happy and focused on the ceremony, not worried about wiping their brows.
Heavier fabrics like satin or velvet are appropriate for fall weddings. Satin is great for fall because it’s solid and dense, but won’t weigh you down. You are welcome to go with a strapless, one-shouldered or even a halter style—just make sure your dress is floor length. Putting a deep red rose in your hair would complement your fall theme. You can even wear a chocolate brown or burgundy sash or satin draping belt.
Winter wedding dresses tend to be more formal and made of thick, warm materials. Velvet is a popular Winter wedding fabric because of its warm and luxurious qualities. An all-white long wedding gown, long white gloves, and a clean up-do will add to the formal theme and make you feel like you're in a winter wonderland. Because of the cold weather, you have the green light to wear a faux fur, silk or satin shawl that you can take off depending on your mood or temperature.
Spring weddings offer a world of opportunities for wedding attire. Dupioni, a lightweight silk fabric that is somewhat coarse with a subtle sheen, is an appropriate fabric for spring. Tea-length wedding dresses are a perfect choice for spring weddings because they are fun and flirty—just like the season. Add some bright spring accents to your ensemble such as pink, blue, or yellow sapphire gemstone jewelry. Since spring can still get chilly, be prepared with a light shawl or silk wrap if you need to get rid of goose bumps.