If you’re planning a beach wedding in Hawaii, you may intend to dress casually in a flowing floral sundress for comfort. However, many brides who “tie the knot” in the sand want a beautiful wedding gown, regardless of the location where their wedding will take place. If you’ve decided you want a gorgeous formal wedding gown, we have a few tips to help you choose the best dress for your body type.

Be aware that when shopping for a wedding dress, sizes run very small. For instance, if you normally wear a size 8, expect to find the dress of your dreams that fits best is a 12 or even larger. While this may be depressing at least for a moment, it’s the fit and look that matters – not what’s inside on the tag!

Now for a little help with choosing the bride’s dress for your Hawaii beach wedding:

Do you have a boyish figure with minimal curves? A ball gown may be a good choice, as the huge skirt and fitted bodice gives the appearance of more curves. If you’re on the short side, try another style as this one will swallow you up!

Want to highlight your great curves? Choose a mermaid style wedding dress that flares below the knee, cut slim and with a skirt that hugs your curves. Beware that this style can be somewhat constricting, but if you don’t mind there is no other style that accents your fabulous figure so well.

If you’re petite, you may want to consider a column or sheath dress to add length. This style is formfitting and flows naturally without any flaring or puffy skirts. This look is also amazing on brides with slim, sleek figures.

Are you fit and trim with a flat tummy? A drop-waist wedding gown may be ideal for your figure type. This dress gently hugs your waist and hips, flaring out slightly around the hip area below the waist. Girls with a boxy, less rounded figure may want to avoid this style.

A great look for nearly every figure is the A-line dress, shaped similar to the letter A. Because the body gradually extends out from the waist down, this type of dress hides every type of problem from large hips or thighs to less-than-flat abdomens. A sweet look, but maybe not the dress of your dreams if you’re going for a sexy look.

When you get ready to go dress shopping, give yourself plenty of time before the wedding – don’t wait until the last minute, or you’ll only end up frustrated. Go early in the day while you’re fresh, and wear full makeup similar to what you intend to wear when you get married so you can get the full effect. You might want to take along a friend or two whose opinions you value.

At Hawaii Weddings, our specialties are beach, waterfall, sunset weddings, and weddings at sea. When it comes to your special day, there is no more romantic a location than Hawaii! Contact us today for information on our packageslocations, planning, and other details.