How To Nail The Beach Bride Look!

St. Croix wedding couple kissing on beach with amazing orange sunset

These days, more and more couples are bucking tradition and getting married in their own way. We love seeing newlyweds express themselves with unique ceremony ideas, but our absolute favorite is the beach wedding. The relaxed atmosphere and the beautiful scenery make the beach (particularly our beaches here in the US Virgin Islands) a perfect spot to celebrate the love of your life!

But if you decide to get married at the beach, you need to dress for the occasion. How should a “beach bride” look? Here are a few tips to help you master this stunning bridal style:

Get That “Beach Body”

First of all, let us make one thing clear: any body can be a “beach body.” It doesn’t matter if you’re slim, curvy, or anything in between — if you have a body, and it’s at the beach, you’re perfect! That said, there are a few things you can do to make sure your bod is ready for St. Croix.

The first thing you should do to prepare for your St. Croix nuptials is drink lots and lots of water. Half your bodyweight in ounces daily, in fact. If weight loss is your goal keep in mind dehydration is often disguised as sugar cravings. Drink a glass of water before you indulge in a treat, then see how you feel. If the treat wins don’t beat yourself up. Healthy, hydrated skin is the point and is essential if you want to look dewy and fresh-faced on your wedding day.

Additionally, you will also want to have a sun-kissed glow as you walk down the aisle. 

black and white image of St. Croix bride and groom walking down the beachIf you have a day or two to spare before your elopement take an opportunity to enjoy some Caribbean sunshine. Make sure to continually apply sunscreen, and brides be sure to pack a strapless swimsuit or bikini top. Tan lines are unflattering in a wedding dress, not to mention expensive to photoshop. If you don’t have time to get a pre-wedding tan on island, visit your favorite salon for a spray tan before you fly out.

Find a Short, Light, or Flowy Dress

Your wedding gown is a very important part of your big day. After all, it’s much more than your average white dress; this is the dress that you are wearing for one of the most memorable days of your life. This is one piece of clothing that should make you feel gorgeous, express your personality, and complement the vibe of your wedding day.

If you’re eloping on the beaches of St. Croix, you’ll need a dress that reflects that carefree “beach goddess” style. Look for a  tea length, short, high low, or sheath dress in a breathable fabric (think silk or chiffon, the right lace can work as well) so you can keep cool throughout the ceremony. Also, try to find a dress with lots of flow and movement — they make for great pictures when that ocean breeze rolls in!

Keep Your Look Natural

One of the best things about the beach bride look is how low-maintenance it is. Beach babes tend to go au natural when it comes to hair and makeup, and that minimalist style can even work on your wedding day. In fact, it might look even better (too much blush or contour can look ultra-harsh in natural lighting).

When it comes to makeup, stick with natural-looking shades and light application. And as for your hair, this is the time to set those tresses free! A relaxed chignon or messy bun will look understated, yet elegant while keeping your hair out of your face, or you can simply wear your hair down. Between the humidity and the breezes, you’ll get beachy waves that are to die for.

Be Barefoot in the Sand

As far as we’re concerned, one of the best things about having a beach wedding is walking barefoot in the sand! There’s something so freeing about kicking off your shoes (especially if you wear heels often) and dipping your toes in the Caribbean while you say “I do.” So, if you’re going for that beach bride look, we say skip the shoes altogether!

Of course, if you do want some footwear to complete your look, there are plenty of stylish options that suit your beachy theme. Try a pair of strappy sandals, or even some jeweled anklets for a little extra sparkle. You’ll be looking like a true sun goddess with every step.

Are you planning to bring your beach bride look to the US Virgin Islands? We’d love to capture every beautiful moment for you. Contact us today to learn about our packages for elopements, engagements, or proposals in St. Croix!


St. Croix groom kissing bride's cheek with ocean in the background


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