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#1 Think light and slim for your wedding dress
Our advice for outdoor weddings, especially in a hot tropical climate, is really to opt for lightweight and slimmer silhouettes. Also consider short frocks or separates.
But if you must have a ballgown for the ceremony, consider an airy tulle overskirt that you can remove afterwards. Another alternative for a more dramatic look – a peplum. It also helps in balancing broad shoulders and narrow hips.
#2 Do away with thick, heavy fabrics
Skip the heavy duchess satin or layers of jacquard that’ll have you getting hot and bothered.
You’ll likely be perspiring too, so choose lightweight, airy fabrics like chiffon, tulle or delicate lace. Check out our handy guide to fabrics for an outdoor wedding, here.
#3 Wear a coloured wedding dress!
Think beyond white. There’s nothing like an outdoor fete to experiment with a coloured bridal look.
For the romantic bride, pastels are a great and dreamy option. Feeling bolder? Consider prints or colourful floral embroidery!
#4 Not too sheer
Sheer’s hot for weddings.
But keep in mind, that when the sunlight or the camera’s flash hits, your gown doesn’t show what you want to keep hidden – like your undergarments.
#5 Tress chic
Chances are, there’s going to be a breeze at that sunny seaside wedding or garden wedding you’re planning.
Consider a hairstyle that’ll stay put like braided dos and use extra bobby pins or simply opt for loose tousled tresses that’ll look effortless and modern.
#6 Consider natural makeup
We have nothing against dramatic makeup, but if you’re tying the knot outdoors, more product can will increase the likelihood of smudging.
Instead, consider a more natural look – tightlining your peepers, a coating of water-proof mascara and a soft wash of blush can look stunning too.
Three words you have to remember: Primer, sweat-proof, and sebum-control. (See: 8 BEST SWEAT- AND TEAR-PROOF MAKEUP BRIDES CAN COUNT ON)
#7 Give thought to your bridal shoes
If you’ve specially bought a gorgeous pair of heels for the big day, the last thing you want is your precious footwear sinking into the soil or sand.
Get yourself a pair of heel stoppers that you can affix to, or simply opt for wedges that gives you both the height and the comfort.