Beach wedding dress tips | Articles

Nothing is more romantic than exchanging your vows on a beautiful sandy beach with the sound of the ocean as your wedding soundtrack. However, there are certain practical considerations to a beach wedding, and finding the perfect beach wedding dress will probably be one of your top priorities.

Beach Wedding Dress

Here are seven tips on choosing the perfect beach wedding dress:

Tip 1: Consider a shorter style

The idea of your bridal train flowing along the sand may sound idyllic, but in reality it will be annoying. Getting sand trapped in your dress could easily damage it and make it look grubby on the photos. Shorter styles are popular for a beach wedding dress and a cocktail length or tea length dress can work really well. Some brides choose a varied length skirt, which is calf length at the back and knee length at the front to give a more bridal appearance without it dragging in the sand.

Tip 2: Choose a breathable fabric

If you are having a beach wedding, you are probably expecting hot weather and plenty of sunshine, so make sure the fabric of your wedding gown won’t make you overheat. Light and floaty fabrics that work well for a beach wedding dress are chiffon and charmeuse so look out for dresses that feature these materials.

Tip 3: Look for a casual style

Beach weddings tend to have a less formal look and feel than indoor weddings, so a very structured, formal bridal gown with a full skirt and bodice may look out of place. The ideal beach wedding dress will flow over the lines of the body to give a soft and smooth silhouette, complimented by loose curling hair and fresh flowers.

Beach Wedding Dress

Tip 4: Think about packing

Unless you are lucky enough to live next to the beach, a beach wedding will often require a certain amount of travelling. Finding a dress that is easy to pack and carry onto a plane as hand luggage will save you a lot of worry and will reduce the risk of your beach wedding dress being lost or damaged.

Tip 5: Don’t rely on heels

Bridal gowns can look very different on a bride wearing flat shoes, and one that is wearing towering stilettos, and many brides rely on high heels to make their dress work. However, a beach wedding dress should look good with flat shoes, pumps, flip flops or bare feet, as high heels and sand don’t really work well together.

Tip 6: Consider a strappy style

Although strapless bridal gowns are eternally fashionable, they often incorporate a lot of fabric and support which can be hot and uncomfortable for a beach wedding. If you are looking for a sexy style, nothing beats white spaghetti straps against tanned shoulders, and if you have straps you can try a style with a low cut back instead.

Tip 7: Prepare for a breeze

There is always the chance of a strong breeze if you are getting married at the water front, so try to limit any loose accessories on your wedding outfit that might blow around. Plenty of brides choose not to wear a veil with their beach wedding dress, and mini skirted dresses are best avoided to reduce the risk of embarrassment.

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When to order wedding dresses | Articles

While some couples plan a whirlwind wedding with a four month engagement, most take at least a year or even two to plan the big day. Most brides want to start shopping for that wedding dress as soon as they have a ring on their finger, but how soon is too soon, and how late is too late?

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Here are the answers to some of the common questions brides have about when to order wedding dresses:

When should I order my dress?

Ideally, you should begin looking at dresses twelve to eighteen months before your wedding, with a view to ordering your dress about a year in advance. This will give you plenty of time for alterations to be done thoroughly, and for you to find the right accessories, flowers, and hair style to complement the dress.

Brides buying a dress off the rack will still need to have some alterations done, but they may be able to get away with ordering a dress six to nine months before the wedding; around three months should be scheduled between the first and final fittings to allow time for alterations. Having a dress custom made will take longer, and will require three or four fittings, so a year is advisable.

Brides that are ordering a dress online, or looking for a pre-loved gown should also order a year in advance to give them time to find an alternative if they are disappointed with the gown when it arrives.

If I order it too early will my dress be out of fashion?

Bridal fashion is always a year ahead of itself because brides are expected to order their gowns a year in advance. However, it is true that a whole new range of gowns and styles will be released if you order more than a year before the big day.

If you are really concerned about being in fashion, you should wait until the bridal wear ranges for your wedding season have been revealed, but the changes in wedding gown design from one year to the next aren’t that dramatic, and you can be sure your guests won’t know if you are wearing last year’s dress. If you buy a dress at the end of its season you might even get a discount.

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Should I wait to order it until after I’ve lost weight?

Many brides want to lose weight before their big day, but waiting to order your dress until you have achieved your dream weight isn’t advisable. Unless you plan really drastic weight loss, you will probably only drop one dress size, and most gowns can be altered to accommodate this.

Even if you lose weight your basic body shape should be the same at your first and final fitting.

Tell the assistant that fits your wedding dress if you plan to lose a lot of weight and they will be able to tell you a date for final alterations. This is usually around six weeks before your wedding, and after this time it will be difficult to have your dress altered to account for further weight loss.

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Contract Points for the Bridal Salon

So what is a wedding dress contract? Well, it’s a document you have to sign with the salon before buying a dress. Since they’re making this dress especially for you, it clearly outlines the details of your purchase. It will include the dress style, the color, the size, the delivery date and any alterations to the original design you’re requesting.

The first thing you’ll want to do is to read the fine print, just like you would any other legal document. We’ve seen wedding dress contracts that state the designer can make alterations to your dress without your consent, so make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into before you sign over your rights and hand over your money.

Also, double-check all the information on the salon/dressmaker’s contract. If it contains incorrect information and you sign it, the fault is yours. You could end up getting the wrong wedding dress (or the wrong size or color) and there will be nothing you can do about it.

Depending on your dress and changes you might make to it, there may be extra charges added to your final amount. This is the time to get all these extras listed with the costs.

When you sign the contract, you’ll also need to leave a deposit for the dress. This can vary: Kleinfeld Bridal in New York City, for example, requires a 60 percent deposit to put in the order, and the remaining balance is due when the gown arrives from the designer about eight weeks prior to the wedding date.

Your contract should include all of the following information (don’t forget to double-check for both spelling and accuracy of details):

The Salon

Salon name

Address and phone number

Names of the consultants who assisted you

The Money

Date and time of purchase

Total amount

Extra charges

Amount of deposit (ensure this amount is marked clearly on the salon contract)

Amount still owed

Date balance is to be paid

How many fittings are included in the price (if any)

Cost of each additional fitting

Means of payment

The Dress Details

Designer name

Style number or name

Color

Size/measurements sent to manufacturer

The Follow-Up

Expected delivery date

Date of first fitting

Name of seamstress/tailor

— Jennie Ma

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Customer Service Post for Darius Cordell Couture Designs Inc – Evening Gowns & Mother of Bride Dresses

Selling plus size evening gowns, wedding dresses, mother of the bride ball gowns and plus size bridal gowns


Hi David, I love it! The gown is simply wonderful. It was an exact fit and the workmanship was exquisite. I  absolutely consider you my designer of choice and will not hesitate to order from you in the future. If anyone needs a reference, you are free to direct them to me.

 

Donna Triplett
Milwaukee , WI


As for the tuxedo style gown we got in a 14, it was beautiful, we loved it, ……she wore it for “Luck be A Lady”, with a black fedora, and it looked fabulous….the work is beautiful

 

Clare Henkel
withThe Indianapolis Symphony
Indianapolis, IN


The sketch is what I had understood the fabrics would be. The construction of the dress is exactly how I had pictured it–and it is beautiful.

 

Thanks for the help,
Sincerely,
Cammy
Euless, TX


The dress worked out perfectly. It was a size to big, but my tailor did a great job sizing it for me.


Laura DuBose
Rollinsville,CO


It is magnificent!! And a perfect fit! I’m totally in love with it! Even my Brazilian fancy shoes are a perfect match for my beautiful dress!  I just had to send you the pictures that my husband took of me, yesterday.

 

Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Giselle – Calgary Alberta – Canada


I found the info on your Q&A page easy to understand and sufficient; thank you for that as well.

Regards,
Friederike Bohlken

Youtube Video – Bridal / Wedding – Darius Cordell Couture Designs Inc

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The Darius Cordell Couture Company produces made to order wedding gowns and bridal dresses. Plus size petite or any measurement you may need.

All darius cordell inc designs can be made in all color(s), whatever fabric a client request if there is a preference, in any measurements needed and with absolutely any changes to the design that a client may want or need.

To see the entire collection of darius cordell designs please go to http://www.dariuscordell.com for more info.

Thanks,
The Staff of Darius Cordell Couture

Customer Comments | Darius Cordell Dresses | Couture Fashion Designs

Since 1996 the company Darius Cordell has sold hundreds of evening dresses (via mail order with our on line catalog) to many new & repeat clients.  Below are just a few of the lovely comments we have received from wonderful clients of Darius Cordell who actually read our Q & A page as instructed and were ultimately able to understand and order through our very easy mail order process.

Selling plus size wedding dresses, mother of the bride evening gowns, formal wear ball gowns and plus size bridal gowns


Dear Hunter,

I just received my dress in the mail yesterday — I LOVE IT!  It’s just everything I thought I would want and more.  The cut is so ridiculously close; I only have a few minor alterations to have done.  Thank you so much for your help with this.  I am certainly happy I went with your company!

I do plan to get the word out about this among my group of opera friends.  I hope you get responses!

Thank you and all of the team at Darius Cordell Couture for bringing such a fabulous dress to life,

J.Barton – Bloomington , NJ


David:
Although I got concerned about receiving my dress for the wear date I did get it the day before (almost too close for comfort). However, I must say the dress is absoulutely gorgeous.  My mother was a professional designer and seamstress for years so believe me when I say the dress and workmanship was without flaw. My daughter designed the dress for me and she was thrilled when we opened the package and her original sketch was taped to the outside.  You made her vision a lovely reality. I tried on the dress and all my husband could say was “WOW”  and after 28 years of marriage that is a great compliment.  But the best compliment came from my daughter.  She said “Mom, when I get married that is the dress I want you to wear.” It just can’t get any better than that.Thanks so very much,D. Bell – Blyththeville, Ar


It is magnificent!! And a perfect fit! I’m totally in love with it! Even my Brazilian fancy shoes are a perfect match for my beautiful dress!  I just had to send you the pictures that my husband took of me, yesterday.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Giselle – Calgary Alberta – Canada


Absolutely beautiful; great service!

J. Machnacki – Canton, MI


Thank you for your superb customer service.
M. Sharp – Dallas, Tx


Dear Hunter. Just returned from my trip to find the beautiful gown in my closet.  I’ll be taking it next week for alterations. Thank you.   My husband and daughter think it is beautiful. Thank you  for repairing the star and replacing some of the stones. My first couture dress.   WOW!! J. Bradley – Washington Dc


Thank you so very much for being so responsive to my situation!!  The dress arrived in perfect condition — a little wrinkled.  It actually fits very well —- a little hem, nip and tuck here and there and it will be perfect!!  I am so very grateful to my daughter for finding your website —–the quality and  design of the dress is wonderful!! Again, thank you for rescuing me —-I am so looking for to wearing the gown at the ball!!D. Green – Morgantown, WV


Received the turquoise gown today and it is fabulous!.   Thank you for the terrific service!    I will be ordering another gown in the near future.Thank you again,
S. Nelthorpe – Riverside, CA


I thank you for your excellent customer service, from what I have recently experienced it seems to be a rare commodity within the bridal shop industry (condescending attitudes, “I’m doing you a favor” demeanors). K. Fitzpatrick – South Walpole , MA


Thanks for your help and your thoughtful emails.

E. Mobius – Bethel , Connecticut


Hi Hunter The dress was a huge success and as soon as I get the photos from my friend, I will forward a few to you. Of course, thanks again for all of your help.  You’re fabulous! J. Lefebvre – New York , New York


I really like my dress (C494, floor model, purple) Thank you for sending it to me so quickly.

Pauline B. – Los Angeles, Ca


I love this gown.  I received dozens of compliments at each event. In the near future, I’ll be in contact with you regarding two custom ballgowns. Hope all is well with you.

Respectfully yours,
S. Siracusano – SAUGERTIES, NY


THANK YOU HUNTER. I APPRECIATE THE EFFORTS. AND YES I WILL BE ORDERING FROM DARIUS IN THE FUTURE.  THANK DARIUS FOR ME.  I WORK IN A SERVICE INDUSTRY TOO, SO SOMETIMES GIVING A INCH FOR A MILE CAN PUT A SERIOUS DENT ON OUR BUSINESS VANEER BUT IM ONE THAT ALWAYS REMEMBERS THOSE THAT GIVE GRACIOUSLY SO DARIUS CORDELL IS IN MY “GOLD” BOOK. CHEERS HUNTER,
SUSAN – KAMLOOPS , BRITISH COLUMBIA , CANADA


I purchased 2126 in white and just received my dress in the mail. I just wanted to let you know how beautiful my dress is-I just love it- my husband and I are renewing our vows in Las Vegas for our 25th Wedding Anniversay at the Venetian Hotel and the dress is just perfect-thank you so very muchS. Spradlin – Littleton, CO


I just wanted to say how absolutely fantastic your website is. I’ve been on hundreds of wedding dress websites and none of them come nearly close to being as user-friendly as yours. The pictures are wonderful, your Q&A section was direct and to the point and comprehensive. Excellent job!Cheers,
C. Braidwood – Ottawa, Ontario Canada


I WANTED TO LET YOU AND YOUR STAFF KNOW THAT I GOT MY GOWN. IT IS TOTALLY BEAUTIFUL AND SO ELEGANT WITH  ITS TRAIN!!!!  THE WORKMANSHIP IS SUPERB AND   THE BEADING ON MY STOLE MAKES THE OUTFIT GO OVER THE TOP AND TRULY  A CLASSIC.  THANK YOU AGAIN FOR MAKING THIS GOWN FOR ME TO WEAR AT THIS MOST IMPORTANT BLACK TIE AFFAIR.  MY BEST WISHESMargaret Scisney-Matlock, Ph.D., RN – Ann Arbor, Michigan


Hi David,I received the dress today and it is lovely–everything I wanted.  I look forward to ordering from you again.  I appreciate all your help.Sincerely,
P. Jefcoat – Little Mountain, SC


HelloI wanted to touch base with you and let you know that I recieved the dress.It was absolutely beautiful. And I rcieved many complimentsThere were over 700 in attendance and your dress is on the front page of the paper.It really is beautiful. Thank you and sorry about all the stress.Mayor Dianne Watts – Surrey Canada


thank you for your follow up. I have found some dresses locally although not as wonderful as the dress we have corresponded about. Again, thank you for responding to my inquiries.Best wishes,
C. Belford – Savannah, Georgia


I received the dress.  It’s beautiful and the color you picked for this dress is amazing.  I just love everything about it.  Thank you so much.

M. Abady – Alexandria, VA


Thank you very much for all of your wonderful e-mails.  I’m all set with what I will be wearing. Your fashions are fabulous.  I actually (this may sound cheap) have a friend that purchased one of your designs.  Her son and future daughter-in-law called off the wedding.  The dress fit me and I bought it from my friend.  I have two other children that are marriage age and I will certainly will go to your website again.Thank-you,
Sue Sousa – Castro Valley, CA


I have ordered a Darius Cordell for the past two years and I have loved each one of them. Thanks.
Daphne R Robinson – Alexandria, LA


I have recieved the wedding dress. Things have been a little crazy for me because of the move and everything, but I wanted to say thank you to whoever made my wedding dress. !   it is very beautiful and looks great on me.  thank you againSncerely,
L. Leach – boonton, nj


Good morning JD and the Gang, I just wanted to thank all of you. I received my dress yesterday, and it is almost perfect. It has a couple of quirks that have to be fixed, but I really like it. We’ll see how much the judges love it this weekend!

Thanks again,
Desiree A. Bodin – Cut Off, LA


Thanks so much David!!I swear that I will never buy another occasion dress from anyone else!!I love the selection…….and the quality is the best!!!  Thanks.I will be faxing my form to you shortly.Thanks again for everything!T. Gurda – new hampton, ny


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