Brides: What to Wear for Your Costa Rica Wedding
Whether or not you were one of those little girls who dressed up in your mom’s nightgown and pretended to walk down the aisle, you’ve probably put a lot of thought into what you want to look like on your beach wedding day. You want to look beautiful. You want people to gasp as you appear, stunned by your elegant beauty. But you also want to be comfortable. You want to be uniquely you. That’s why you chose to have your wedding in Costa Rica. It’s unique and fun and beautiful. Just like you.
Now that you’ve chosen to have your wedding on a white sand beach with the emerald blue waves lapping at the shore and a brilliant sunset painting the sky glorious colors, you’ve probably realized that the big poofy princess wedding dress isn’t going to work. But what is a beach bride to wear?
When choosing a dress or wedding attire for your Costa Rica wedding, the first step is to take a couple of basic things into consideration: the weather and the realities of walking on a beach. It will most likely be hot and humid on your wedding day; accepting this and planning accordingly will make everything go a lot more smoothly. Beaches also tend to be windier than locations further inland, so think about how to use the wind for dramatic effect. Beaches are beautiful places to have a wedding, but walking on dry sand is pretty difficult. Sand is also basically pretty dirt, so remember that a train dragging in it won’t stay white for long.
So, keeping these things in mind, I think we can agree that a big heavy ball gown is not a good idea. Think lightweight, breathable materials like cotton, tulle, chiffon, and silk Georgette. Since layering can make even the lightest fabrics heavy, look for a dress that has elegant, clean lines with a limited amount of layering.
The Long and the Short of it: Choosing a Costa Rica Beach Wedding Dress of the Appropriate Length
The shape of your dress should compliment your body type, but it should also compliment your location. A long wedding dress, buffeted by the wind and painted a golden hue by the setting sun is a truly striking image, but choosing a dress that doesn’t drop below the ankles will keep your dress from dragging on the sand and getting dirty. Since a beach wedding tends to be more casual, try to choose a dress that is casually elegant instead of ornate and overly fancy.
A shorter wedding dress that hits between the knees and mid-thigh can also produce a dramatic effect, especially if you spend some time at the gym beforehand working on toning those legs. Ladies, if you’ve got it, don’t be afraid to flaunt it. Just try to stay away from minis; you don’t want to shock grandma. Also, remember the wind factor.
A pretty white sundress is a perfect choice for a casual wedding, but there are plenty of designers that now offer a wide array of more formal short wedding dresses as well. These can be stunningly beautiful while also keeping you cool and comfortable. Plus, it’s easier to show off your moves on the dance floor when not constricted by a lot of fabric.
What would Sarah Jessica Parker do? Choosing the Perfect Footwear for a Costa Rica Wedding
Barefoot Beach Wedding Attire
As for the big shoe question, do not even think about attempting to walk on the beach in heels. If you must wear heels, save them for the reception if it is on solid ground. Although flats can work, the more natural choice would be to go barefoot. Pamper yourself with a pedicure and don’t be afraid to paint your toenails a fun color. If you’d like to dress up your feet a little bit, you could get them hennaed or add some sparkle with a jeweled “barefoot sandal.”
The most important thing to remember when choosing a dress for your Costa Rica wedding is that you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for beauty. Feeling beautiful is as important as looking beautiful, so be true to yourself and have a wonderful time.