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Your Guide To Destination Wedding Dress Shopping


plus-size woman posing on a beach in a wedding gown

Planning a destination wedding is an exciting adventure, but it also comes with unique challenges, especially when it comes to finding the perfect wedding dress. As a curvy bride, you deserve a dress that makes you feel beautiful and confident, no matter where your wedding is going to take place! At Ivory & Main, we’re here to guide you through the process with our destination wedding dress shopping guide. Whether you’re dreaming of a beachside ceremony, a rustic mountain wedding, or a chic city elopement, this guide will help you navigate finding your dream dress.


1. Consider the Destination Climate and Venue


Beach Weddings: For a beach or tropical wedding consider opting for a lightweight, breathable fabric like chiffon, organza, or tulle to stay cool and comfortable. Look for a dress with a shorter train or a detachable train to avoid dragging in the sand. Consider flowy, A-line silhouettes that allow for easy movement!


Mountain or Rustic Weddings: For a mountain or rustic wedding choose a dress with heavier fabrics like satin or lace that can withstand cooler temperatures. Embrace long sleeves or illusion sleeves for added warmth and elegance. Look for gowns with intricate details that complement the natural beauty of the setting!


City or Urban Weddings: For a city or urban wedding consider going for a sleek, modern design that reflects the sophistication of an urban setting. Explore structured fabrics like mikado or crepe for a chic, polished look. Experiment with bold accessories or unique details to stand out in a cityscape!


2. Plan and Schedule Early

Start your dress shopping journey at least 12 months before your wedding date to allow ample time for fittings and alterations. Be sure to let your bridal stylist know where your destination wedding will be taking place. This way they can give you personalized advice on suitable dress styles!


3. Prioritize Comfort and Mobility

Destination weddings often involve travel, so choose a dress that’s easy to transport and won’t wrinkle easily. Ensure your dress allows for comfortable movement, whether you’re walking on the beach, hiking up a mountain, or navigating city streets. Consider dresses with built-in support, especially if you are opting for a strapless or backless design.


4. Embrace Your Unique Style

Destination weddings offer the opportunity to break away from traditional bridal norms, so feel free to express your style. Consider adding unique elements like colored sashes, floral appliqués, or bohemian accessories to match the vibe of your destination! We have a custom design studio at Ivory & Main that can help you do all of your dream customizations. Remember, the most important thing is to choose a dress that makes you feel like the best version of yourself!


5. Travel Tips for Your Wedding Dress

Make sure to store your gown in a high-quality garment bag when traveling. We will give you one when you pick up your dress from Ivory & Main! If you’re flying, check with your airline about their policies for carrying your wedding dress onto the plane. Many airlines will allow you to hang your dress in the first-class closet! We suggest packing a portable steamer to refresh your dress upon arrival and ensure it looks perfect for your big day!


6. Rely on Expert Advice

Trust the expertise of your bridal consultant to help you find the perfect dress for your destination wedding. At Ivory & Main, our knowledgeable staff is experienced in guiding plus-size brides through the dress selection process, ensuring you find a gown that fits beautifully and suits your wedding setting. Don’t hesitate to ask for recommendations on alterations, fabric care, and styling tips specific to your destination.


Your destination wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and finding the perfect dress should be a joyous part of your journey. By considering the unique aspects of your wedding location, planning ahead, and prioritizing comfort, you’ll be well on your way to discovering a dress that makes you feel confident and radiant. At Ivory & Main, we’re dedicated to helping plus-size brides find their dream dresses, no matter where their wedding will take place. Schedule an appointment with us today, and let’s start your destination wedding dress shopping journey together!


Book an appointment with our stylists at Ivory & Main right here on our website or give us a call at 631-760-7082. 


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