The sun hangs low in the sky, casting a golden sparkle on the turquoise water. A warm, gentle breeze blows as you and your Love exchange vows to stand together through life, witnessed by friends and family, tanned and teary eyed, in the soft white sand around you.
Is this roughly what you picture when you think of your beach wedding in the Mayan Riviera? I hate to burst your bubble but there can be a lot of annoyances that come with a tropical destination wedding! I’ll bet your vision does not include a sand storm blowing your hair in your face, while your fiancee squirms distractedly from the sweat pouring down his back. Or a chorus of guests slapping at mosquitoes while a crowd of bathing suit clad onlookers make their way into every wedding photo. The good news is that with a little careful planning, you can prevent your dream destination wedding from ending up as a total nightmare!
So what should a beach bride consider when planning her wedding in Mexico? There are so many elements on this list, that I feel it’s best to compile them as a series.
Today, let’s talk about what to wear, or not to wear, if you plan to say ‘I Do!’ in a destination like the Mayan Riviera.
Skip the Cinderella ball gown.
While you may be able to squeeze down the aisle in this dress, lugging layers of crinoline and taffeta down a Mexican beach as you race to catch sunset photos won’t be easy or fun. Also, consider the temperature from Cancun to Tulum. If it is hot in a bikini, you had better believe you are going to be scorching in those layers of fluffy white fabric! For your comfort and happiness, consider a lightweight dress that flows freely in the ocean breeze, and will not collect debris from the sand. And if you still insist on the Cinderella gown, just make sure it bustles easily!
Nix the heels.
Have you ever tried to stand on the sand in high heels? The two do not mix! Leave the heels for the honeymoon suite, and opt instead for a pretty pair of flat, open-toed sandals. Better yet, go barefoot! Just consider that the sand does get hot, so an aisle runner might be a good idea.
Ditch the veil and consider an updo.
Warm ocean breezes are romantic, but gusty winds are not. You can get a lot of wind on the beaches of the Mayan Riviera! Imagine your walk down the aisle as a losing battle against the long veil twisted around you. Consider the photographs of your loose, flowing locks blown across your face in every wedding picture. Not so romantic anymore! So consider an updo to tame those tresses, and accessorize with fresh flowers.
Ix-Nay the penguin suits.
Please, dear Beach Bride, take pity on the groom and groomsmen, and let them wear comfortable, lightweight clothing! I have been witness to more than my fair share of destination brides who held firmly to their vision of her man in a tux, or similar dark suit, and while that might be fine in a chapel, it is simply a no-no in tropical climates. If you want to get married in Mexico, consider light cotton pants or even bermuda shorts as attire. You will find your new husband in far better spirits on your wedding day if you do!
I suppose the take away is this: You have chosen to get married on a beach in Mexico, and it WILL be terribly romantic so long as you respect the elements when choosing your attire. If you dress light, easy and breezy, and bring an attitude to match, then you should have a worry-free destination wedding!
Stay tuned for part two in this series; keeping your guests happy and comfortable during the ceremony.
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