12 hot picks for the destination bride

12 hot picks for the destination bride
From the right dress to the perfect shades, destination brides need to look the part. Lightweight wedding gown by Grace Loves Lace

Every destination bride needs a little help with the packing – after all, this is no average holiday. Here’s our pick of 12 high-glamour ways to look the part on your perfect wedding abroad

The destination bride has a set of tough packing decisions – with gown, shoes and accessories all being transported, there’s no space for pieces that don’t earn their keep. From the perfect wedding gown for tropical climes to a pair of high-glamour shoes that will take you effortlessly from beach to dance floor, you need to pack smart. Here are 12 sunshine picks we think every destination bride should consider.

1. Golden hair decoration – Awon Golding

Awon Golding’s golden bridal headband will ensure you’re star of the show

Hair accessories can be tricky at the best of the times, but when the temperature rises that delicate floral decoration may well wilt. So this Daisy Chain headband from star London milliner Awon Golding is the perfect solution. Its bold golden flowers announce to the world that you’re the bride and will complement everything from a sharp suit to a boho or beach-style wedding gown. £260; awongolding.com

2. Perfect wedding flats – Emmy London

Emmy London’s May sandals are the perfect high-glamour flats

One huge consideration for the destination bride is choosing the right bridal shoes. Stilettos look the part, but not when you sink in sand or get stuck in mediaeval cobbles on your way to the church. Enter Emmy London’s May sandals, incredibly lightweight to wear and crafted from gorgeous gold calf leather. With Swarovski and hand-beaded embellishment plus elegant slim straps, they prove that flatties can be every inch as glamorous as heels. £395; emmylondon.com

3. Cool destination bride – Cherry Williams London

Cherry Williams offers perfect destination bride outfits. Image: Taylor & Porter

Cherry Williams London is a great place to look for a contemporary wedding gown or separates – and with lots of designs in her collection for the destination bride, as well as the option of going bespoke. This Chloe wedding gown is a perfect example, featuring a simple draped bodice with lightweight straps paired to a lightweight tulle skirt. cherrywilliamslondon.com

4. Rose-tinted shades – Black Eyewear

Black Eyewear’s Nancy shades will keep you in the pink – lots of other cool colours from black to silver are available

You simply have to have a great pair of sunglasses to match your gown. Black Eyewear has a rainbow of colours and lots of frame shapes in its collection. We’re taken with these Nancy shades, offering graduated frames and a 1960s vibe to ensure you look at the world alluringly through rose-tinted spectacles. £177; blackeyewear.com 

5. Beach classics – Castañer espadrilles

Classic espadrilles to wear with your wedding gown or at the after party

Having designed espadrilles for Yves Saint Laurent back in the 1960s, Castañer is a go-to name if you want a pair of authentic espadrilles. We love this design, featuring crochet uppers with wedge heel, elegant enough to wear with a white gown and practical enough to take you from beach to bar and beyond. £100; myfashiontribu.com

6. Curve maker – Grace Loves Lace

Grace Loves Lace offers lightweight gowns in fabulous French lace

Any destination bride needs to consider if one wedding gown is enough – after all, this is likely to be a wedding spread over a weekend or more. Grace Loves Lace has caused a stir among brides for great prices and form-flattering cuts using lightweight French laces. We think they offer perfect prices and proportions to earn a place in your holiday luggage. graceloveslace.com.au

7. Marine themed jewellery – Giovanni Raspini

Giovanni Raspini’s collection inspired by the ocean includes these coral earrings

Tropical weather and the tang of the ocean are sure to inspire you to be a little bolder with your wedding jewellery. Giovanni Raspini’s fabulous Seaworld collection features striking silver pieces inspired by the South Seas and marine life. These coral drop earrings are in gold plated silver (but also available in silver). You’ll also find matching pieces such as bangles in the same collection. £310; giovanniraspini.com


8. Creative kaftan – Camilla

Camilla’s amazing designs are perfect for honeymoon lounging

Camilla Franks’ amazing textile designs – loved by celebrities from Beyoncé to Olivia Palermo – are inspired by her global travels. These are meticulously created pieces and include maxi dresses, coverups and bikinis. Our pick would be a maxi – the ultimate multi-tasking outfit that can be dressed up or down to suit the occasion. Stockists include Net-a-Porter, Selfridges and Harrods. camilla.com

9. Bridal coverup – Elbeth Gills

Elbeth Gillis’ covetable soft knits are perfect for the destination bride

Elbeth Gillis is a South African bridal designer who creates exquisite gowns to match the most opulent destination wedding. We highly recommend checking out her latest Arniston Blue and Luminescence collections, spanning separates and ethereal gowns. Do also consider investing in one of her exquisite lightweight cardigans made of mohair. Perfect luxury cover-ups when you feel the chill on the beach, they are also eminently wearable long after your wedding day. elbethgillis.com 

10. After-party finery – Amelia Rose

For the bride who doesn’t want to stop wearing white, a party dress by Amelia Rose

While the world loved Meghan Markle’s stunning wedding gown, there was almost as much excitement about the ultra-glamorous high-necked gown she wore for the after party. We think a destination bride should wear white at every possible opportunity and this gown from Amelia Rose will definitely earn its keep, whether you’re strolling along the promenade or heading out for dinner. It’s available from ASOS. £165; asos.com


11. Go anywhere heels – Freya Rose

These classic silver Helena sandals from Freya Rose are the only pair of honeymoon heels you need

If you’re almost up to capacity on the luggage, you need to ensure every pair of shoes you carry will multi-task. Freya Rose’s Helena sandals are an instant glamour injection; not only beautiful but also versatile enough to pair with everything from your wedding gown to cut-offs. Made of fine silver leather and with ankle straps to lengthen the leg, they have a memory foam lining to see you through to the small hours in comfort. £225; freyarose.com 

12. Carry on in style – Ted Baker

Ted Baker’s Balmoral cabin case will get you noticed and protect your wedding finery

Not all luggage is created equal and you don’t want to let the side down by packing your wedding gown into a battered old case bearing the scars of countless airport carousels. Ted Baker is on hand to protect your precious wedding finery with a smart carry-on range inspired by grand British and French royal residences. We’re partial to the Versailles collection, although since its last queen in residence didn’t have a happy ending we’d suggest you opt instead for the stately Balmoral. £225; tedbaker.com


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