How to Choose a Wedding Dress for Your Destination Wedding


Choosing the perfect wedding dress ultimately comes down to a complex but very personal mix of preferences. Style, traditions, budget, and fashion trends are all important factors in selecting the perfect dress for you. Yet another defining element for a successful wedding can be just as important in the dress selection: the location.

If you are thinking about keeping up with the latest trends and organizing a destination wedding somewhere in vogue like Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Barbados, or a romantic European country, you will need to find the best fitting wedding gown style to match your destination wedding.

Without further ado, here are a few inspiring wedding dress styles you should consider for some of the most popular locations for destination weddings.

Wedding Dress Styles For A Callejoneada – Mexican Themed Ceremony

Whether you are tempted to organize a small ceremony on a gorgeous white-sand beach or a more traditional Callejoneada wedding party drenched in tequila shots and mariachi tunes, you should opt for a trumpet or fit-and-flare dress. These types of dresses will feature silhouettes beautifully fitted through the body while flaring out at the bottom. This is a nice mix of an altered A-line plus a mermaid style and it is suitable for brides who wish to make a small waist more visible. If you have a petite or an hourglass figure, this is the right dress for you.

If you have selected the Chiapas region for your destination wedding in Mexico, you could wear an A-line dress with more flow that fits your body through the waist while beautifully cascading out. This silhouette is suitable for all body types and you could consider adding some local designs to it. You could also consider an A-line dress inspired by the traditional Yucatan brides and select a square neckline with embroidery stitched by hand in a gorgeous white-on-white design. This gives a simple, yet extravagant look that will catch everyone’s eye.

While many brides may opt for the spectacular Spanish Flamenco style wedding dress in Mexico, you could stick to the contemporary western wedding gown style. It could be the sexy, perfectly fitting mermaid dress flaring out when close to the knee, or a sheath dress with a narrow shape flowing down from the neckline all the way to the hem. This style is more suitable for a lean body or a more athletic body shape, as well as brides with an hourglass figure looking forward to flaunting their beautiful curves.

What To Wear At A Destination Wedding In The Dominican Republic

Consider wearing a princess-style gown, if you are planning a destination wedding at a luxurious villa in the Dominican Republic. Sweetheart necklines would be the way to go for this hot climate. However sleeves are very in at the moment, therefore you may want to consider two separate dresses, one more formal for the ceremony, and a second, lighter fabric, for the party.

Wedding Dress Ideas For A Romantic Wedding In Italy

Plan a romantic destination wedding at a Tuscan villa, a gothic cathedral, or a historic hotel in Florence, and choose a simple ball gown dress with a fitted bodice and full skirt. This model is suitable for most body shapes and types, even though it may feel overwhelming on a petite frame.

You could also consider a glam dress with beading, a voluminous skirt, and gorgeous ivory or powder shades inspired by prestigious Italian designers. Romantic A-line gowns with floral designs and soft-coloured fabrics for a simple wedding in the Italian countryside are also excellent choices.

Tips For Packing Your Dress For The Perfect Destination Wedding

Once you have chosen your favourite destination wedding location and the perfect dress to go with it, it is time to focus on another critical aspect: finding the safest and most convenient way of packing and transporting the dress to the hotel.

Depending on where the wedding will take place and whether you will be travelling to a different continent or across the country, you could opt for:

  • Carefully packing and transferring your wedding dress in your personal vehicle. If you plan on driving to a nearby wedding destination, you could pack your dress in a special garment bag with a zipper and use the backseats for safe transportation.
  • Flying your wedding dress to the destination. It is advisable to get in touch with the airline you plan on booking the flight with early on and check if it is possible to pack the dress as a carry-on item. The majority of planes feature dedicated closets you can use for hanging wedding gowns. Provided such a closet will not be available on your flight and you will not be able to switch the airline, you could place your garment bag inside a hard-case suitcase, opting for the largest size that the airline will allow you to choose as carry-on luggage.
  • Packing for your wedding and shipping the dress using a professional luggage delivery service that will safely and conveniently transfer your gown and the rest of the delicate accessories straight to your hotel, prior to your arrival there.

Take your pick according to your budget and design your dream dress while finding inspiration in traditional local weddings or contemporary trends. Finally, don’t forget to keep up with the freshest shoe trends and pick the right accessories for the big day.

Written by Megan Taylor
Megan is a beauty expert who is passionate about all things makeup and glam! Her love for makeup has brought her to become a beauty pro at Glamour Garden Cosmetics.