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A beach destination wedding dress should be light-weight and flowing. In the warm and humid Caribbean or Mexican climate, you don't want to be burdened by heavy layers of material and lace. Some fabrics just lend themselves better to use in beach wedding dresses. Here are just a few:
Charmeuse. This flowing fabric gives destination wedding gowns that body-hugging, sensual look. Not generally used for traditional wedding gowns because it doesn't hold up to elaborate constructions, it's a natural for a simply elegant beach wedding dress.
Chiffon. This fabric, whose name is derived from the French word for "rag," is anything but raggedy. The sheer fabric is used over satin and other materials to give a flowing, ethereal look.
Satin. With its glossy surface and matte back, satin is a favorite of wedding dress and evening wear designers. The fabric gives a garment a luster and shimmering quality.
Cotton. Not generally used in traditional wedding dresses, cotton is cool and lightweight. It's used for embroidered, Mexican wedding dresses and tropical print sarongs or pareos.
Silk. This versatile and elegant fabric is at home in any climate. It's particularly suited to draping.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|