Destination Wedding Dress Shopping with The Stylish Bride

Shopping for a wedding dress is an exciting and sometimes daunting task.  Add in the factors at play for a destination wedding and you’ve likely got a longer list of requirements before you find “the one.”  So to help you with the process, we called on our friend Julie Sabatino from The Stylish Bride to help get you down the aisle in the picture perfect wedding dress that’s right for you.  We asked her what to keep in mind, what trends are in and out, and what she’s loving in bridal couture this season.julie sabatino the stylish brideJF: When planning a destination wedding, what should a bride keep in mind when shopping for her gown?

Julie: Every bride should consider her personal style, body type, budget and type of wedding she is having, but a destination bride needs to pay particular attention to the weight and fabric of the gown.  First and foremost, you don’t want to be hot or uncomfortable.  This automatically rules out fabrics such as Duchesse, Mikado, and double faced satin. You also want to make sure that there isn’t too much volume that can weigh the dress down and make you hot.

carolina herrera destination wedding dressesPhotos from Carolina Herrera

JF:  Any destination wedding dress trends you’ve seen lately that you think are great ideas for upcoming weddings?

Julie: One trend that is just emerging in the bridal world is the high/low hem.  These dresses tend to have the front hem mid calf and the back in a traditional train.  I love this for beach weddings, particularly those on the sand, because it looks nice while making it SO much easier to walk around.

high low hem dressPhotos from Claire Pettibone

JF:  Any wedding dress designers tailor made for a destination bride that you would recommend?

Julie: Elizabeth Fillmore does amazing dresses that are well suited to destination weddings because of how light they are, and the amazing fabrics that she uses. She is famous for her crepe back satin dresses and also her use of lace and chiffon.

Jenny Lee as well because she makes classic, elegant dresses that are easy to wear and flattering to many body types.  They are light and airy that can be worn on a beach, but with a little more shape than a slip gown.

elizabeth fillmore bridal gownsPhotos from Elizabeth Fillmore

Stay tuned for more dress ideas and fashion tips from Julie Sabatino at The Stylish Bride who will be back with us tomorrow on the blog.  Thanks Julie!