When shopping for a wedding dress and a venue, keep in mind their relationship with each other. A ballgown on a boat? We think not. Heavy dresses with lots of dense fabric can weigh you down and make it seem degrees hotter than it actually is. A silky Carolyn Bessette-esque slip for a winter wedding in a ballroom? That’s a hard no as well. Take a cue from Cindy Crawford and wear that satin look with spaghetti straps barefoot on the beach—it just works. To that end, we’ve removed the guess work out of pairing the right dress with the right environment and gone a step further by planning your whole wedding weekend wardrobe. Now all you have to do is pick the perfect place to get married!
For a Beach Wedding in St. Barths
Check into Le Barthélemy and get ready for an idyllic destination wedding on this dreamy, French-speaking Caribbean island. After a long trip that likely ended with a heart palpitating landing on a tiny air strip between two volcanic hills, relax and soak up some sun (while wearing SPF of course) in your white Hunza G bikini—it’s your new daytime uniform after all—because not only is white your signature and exclusive color for the weekend, but it’ll also make your newly sun-kissed skin pop. For the rehearsal dinner, something breathable and light with a standout accessory, like floral-inspired earrings, well-suited for greeting family and friends. And then, the next morning, get ready to walk down the aisle in a lacy silk robe, before changing into your Carolina Herrera tiered tulle dress to say “I do”—the fitted bodice and frothy layers are pure romance. The day after, detox in an airy mini with embroidered pink floral embellishments and sparkly sandals, and get ready for that honeymoon, newlywed!
For a Mountain Wedding in Highlands, North Carolina
Being surrounded by lush forests and vast mountains on your big day is gorgeous in any season, and that’s not just the altitude talking. On top of that, the Old Edwards Inn & Spa has truly got it all! A golf course practically carved out of the Blue Ridge Mountains? Check. A spa with every amenity you can imagine? Check check. Top that with look 6 from Carolina Herrera’s Spring 2020 bridal collection, and an unforgettable wedding weekend awaits. The intricate, gauzy lace on this dress gives off Victorian feeling, Legends of the Fall vibes, while the fitted silhouette ensures it’s fashion forward feeling, not fusty. Round out your wedding weekend wardrobe with a something blue frock from Luisa Beccaria for the rehearsal dinner, pajamas personalized with your monogram for hair and makeup, and a mini dress by Staud for the day after, and you’re ready to head to Highlands.
For a Destination Wedding in Ravello, Italy
Villa Cimbrone in Ravello is Italian destination goals. Trust us. We’ve been there, and we’re speaking from experience. Not only is the view absolutely breathtaking, but the service and the food are topnotch. Start the weekend off welcoming guests at a relaxed Osteria. On Saturday, wear your blue and white one-shoulder Johanna Oritz bikini by the pool before changing into your Carolina Herrera dress, complete with a bustier bodice, cinched waste, and full tulle skirt, to say your vows in the gardens on the grounds. The next day, recover from Aperol overload over a big plate of pasta in your Carolina Herrera macramé mini dress.
For a City Hall Wedding in New York City
Channel Carrie Bradshaw and Big and get married at this iconic spot in the hear of downtown NYC. Start the weekend off in a something blue Emilia Wickstead dress at the rehearsal dinner, accented with a croc-effect leather bucket bag by Staud. On Saturday morning, relax poolside at Soho House in your all-white Eres string bikini before changing into feathered Sleeper pajamas for getting ready. Then sport Carolina Herrera’s jumpsuit with a lacy train for the actual ceremony—it’s understated, sophisticated, and just right for all the iconic photo ops that follow that first kiss as newlyweds.
For a Southern Wedding in Charleston
Museum weddings never go out of style. There’s to be said for getting married in a place that was literally built to house beauty, and the recently renovatied Gibbes Museum in Charleston, S.C. is one of our favorites. On Friday night, wear Carolina Herrera’s three-tiered pleated dress with baby blue satin ribbons to your rehearsal dinner at a restaurant downtown. Then, on Saturday, keep the ribbon theme going with Zimmerman’s sweet polka dot bikini. With its three-quarter-length sleeves and fit and flare silhouette, Look 3 from the Carolina Herrera Spring 2020 bridal collection will look downright statuesque on a bride marrying in the museum’s rotunda. The next day, a Carolina Herrera macramé mini dress is easy, yet elegant for a recovering brunch in the garden with shrimp and grits, biscuits, and all the fixins.
For a Ranch Wedding in California
Katherine Schwarzenegger and Chris Pratt recently married on the grounds of the storied San Ysidro Ranch. Interestingly Schwarzenegger’s great uncle John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy actually honeymooned at this iconic California hotel. For your wedding weekend, an Alexis beaded lace maxi paired with espadrilles gives off an effortless, bohemian bridal vibe. The next morning, lay by the pool in Marysia’s classic white bikini with scallop accents, and then change into our embroidered astrological pajamas for hair and makeup. With its demure long-sleeves and peekaboo back, look 12 from the Caroline Herrera Spring 2020 bridal collection is classic, but with a touch of whimsy. The day after, recover in Zimmerman’s perennial lace dress has frills and flounce in all the right places.
Don’t miss Carolina Herrera’s Spring 2020 trunk shows at Carolina Herrera stores and other shops in New York, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami.
Los Angeles – Saks Fifth Avenue Bridal Salon
June 28 – 30
9634 Wilshire Boulevard
Houston – Casa de Novia
July 12 – 13
240 West Gray Street, Suite 120
Chicago – Ultimate Bride
July 18 – 20
106 E Oak Street
Chicago – Ultimate Bride
July 18 – 20
106 E Oak Street
Washington DC – Carine’s Bridal
July 25 – 27
1623 Wisconsin Ave NW
New York – Bergdorf Goodman
August 2 – 4
754 Fifth Avenue
Seattle – Nordstrom
August 9 – 11
500 Pine Street
San Francisco – Jin Wang
August 16 – 17
127 Graystone Terrace
Dallas – Neiman Marcus
September 13 – 14
1618 Main Street
New York – Mark Ingram Atelier
September 19 – 21
110 East 55th Street, 8th Floor
This post is sponsored by Carolina Herrera.