Models in wedding suit and dress

Globally Gorgeous: Fashion Inspiration for Destination Weddings


October 13, 2023
Words by Jessie Allen
Photos courtesy of various

Embarking on a journey to tie the knot in a destination far from home is an exhilarating and romantic endeavor. Whether you’re exchanging vows on a tropical beach, in a historic European city, or amidst the breathtaking landscapes of a mountain retreat, your destination wedding offers a unique opportunity to infuse your style with the essence of the locale. Let’s explore fashion inspiration and practical tips for brides and grooms, covering everything from attire to hair and makeup for different destinations and climates.

Tropical Paradise

Bride with tropical bouquet

Photo courtesy of Chris J. Evans

For beach wedding fashion under the sun-kissed palms, lightweight fabrics are key. Brides can opt for flowy, bohemian dresses or elegant slip gowns that move gracefully with the ocean breeze. Grooms can embrace the relaxed vibe with linen suits or even stylish guayabera shirts paired with tailored shorts. Loose, beachy waves and natural, dewy makeup complete the look, ensuring a fresh and effortless appearance.

Historic European Charm

Bride in wedding gown in front of Duomo di MilanoPhoto courtesy of Denis Rudi // Vendor Work Pictured: Creative Director, Stylist, Planner: ItalianLuxEvents; Event Planner Coordinator: Ilaria Oddone; Makeup and Hair: My BeautyGraph Irina Rudimy; Florals: Ivy Flower Design; Attire: Sposa D’Este

If you’re saying “I do” in a European city steeped in history and culture, channel the timeless elegance of the surroundings. Brides may choose classic ballgowns or A-line dresses, while grooms can opt for tailored suits in rich, deep colors. Incorporate vintage-inspired accessories and hairstyles, such as romantic updos or soft curls, to complement the old-world charm. Subtle, sophisticated makeup enhances the overall regal fashion.

Mountain Retreats

Black wedding couple in front of snowy mountain resort

Photo courtesy of Whitney Hunt Photography

For weddings amidst the majestic mountains, fashion should strike a balance between warmth and style. Long-sleeved gowns with intricate lace detailing are perfect for the bride, providing both elegance and comfort. Grooms can consider textured tweed suits or even cozy knitwear. Hairstyles can embrace the natural surroundings with loose braids or soft curls, while makeup can be warm and earthy to complement the rustic setting.

Desert Oasis

Wedding couple with Best Man and Maid of Honor in desert wedding

Photo courtesy Chelsey Black Photography & Videography

For couples seeking a unique desert experience, embrace the warm tones and minimalist vibe of the landscape. Flowing, airy dresses with subtle embellishments are ideal for brides, while grooms can opt for light-colored suits or even stylish desert-friendly attire like a linen shirt paired with tailored trousers. Minimalistic hairstyles, such as sleek ponytails or tousled waves, and neutral makeup with a pop of color bring out the desert-inspired charm.

No matter where your destination wedding takes you, let the surroundings inspire your fashion choices. By blending your personal style with the unique essence of the locale, you’ll create a wedding look that is not only stunning but also a beautiful reflection of your love story in a global context. So, pack your bags, say “yes” to the dress (or suit!), and get ready for a celebration that is as diverse and breathtaking as the world itself. Cheers to love and adventure!

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