Whether you’re dreaming of an elegant Italian affair or a fun, laid-back party vibe on a sunny Greek Island, a destination wedding calls for a very special dress. As well as matching the feel of your day, you need to consider how easily your wedding dress will travel and how comfortable you will feel wearing it (especially if you’re heading somewhere hot for your ‘I do’s). So, what exactly should you wear to your destination wedding? Here at Ellie Sanderson, we’ve picked our ultimate gowns for the most popular big day destinations.

CHIC ITALIAN WEDDING

For a stylish Italian celebration, you want a dress that encapsulates the glamour and beauty of the country, while feeling chic and modern. With its stunning off the-shoulder cut and sexy thigh-high split, Eden by Suzanne Neville gives us real Lake Como vibes and we think it’s the perfect gown to wear for sipping an Aperol Spritz as the sun sets on a most perfect day. We’re obsessed with the pretty floral applique, which adds just the right amount of drama for the most elegant of destination weddings.

Eden wedding dress by Suzanne Neville

Eden | Suzanne Neville

Eden wedding dress by Suzanne Neville

Eden with veil | Suzanne Neville

ROMANTIC FRENCH WEDDING

Dreamy châteaux, breathtaking countryside and excellent rosé – what’s not to love about a destination wedding in the South of France? We think this Peony gown by Kelly Faetanini is made for a romantic, laid-back ceremony in the sunshine, as well as dancing the night away in the prettiest of settings. The romantic A-line tulle skirt, square neckline and simple straps give this gown the most incredible movement – perfect for swishing down the aisle – but it’s the stunning lace and pearl applique, as well as the unexpected side tulle cut-outs, which really give this dress the wow-factor. J’adore!

Peony wedding dress by Kelly Faetanini

Peony | Kelly Faetanini

Peony destination wedding dress by Kelly Faetanini

Peony side detail | Kelly Faetanini

RELAXED GREEK ISLAND WEDDING

We are huge fans of RISH’s glamorous, boho bridal style – just the thing for a chilled out, sunny Greek destination wedding. With its plunging V-neckline, low back, tassels and intricate embroidery, we think Chloe by RISH is just the coolest choice for a bold, contemporary bride. From the jaw-dropping sunsets of Santorini to the uber-cool feel of Mykonos or the rustic charm of Skopelos (that’s the island Mamma Mia! was filmed on, FYI!), this dress is guaranteed to wow, whatever the setting. Light and easy to wear, it will feel so comfortable in the hot Greek sunshine, even if you and your guests all end up dancing on the tables, singing ABBA songs…

Chloe destination wedding dress by RISH

Chloe | RISH

Back of Chloe destination wedding dress by RISH

Chloe (back) | RISH

ELEGANT IRISH WEDDING

Ireland is packed with stunning wedding venues, from grand castles and idyllic country houses, to buzzing cosmopolitan destinations. We love the charm of a historic Irish country house, whether that’s with a roaring log fire to cosy up in front of in winter or picturesque green countryside to explore in the summer. Either way, we think the exquisite Isla by Anna Kara is the perfect match for an elegant Irish destination wedding, whatever time of year. The sublime, soft and feminine tulle gown features a deep plunging neckline and back, along with the prettiest of delicate applique to up the romance. We are head over heels for the floaty, ethereal sleeves which you can add if you wish. Absolutely timeless.

Isla destination wedding dress by Anna Kara

Isla | Anna Kara

Isla with sleeves destination wedding dress by Anna Kara

Isla with sleeves | Anna Kara

WHERE TO BUY YOUR DESTINATION WEDDING DRESS

Well, at Ellie Sanderson of course! If you’ve fallen in love with any of the dresses here or would like the chance to browse more of our designers with the help of our experienced team, we’d LOVE to hear from you. We have bridal boutiques in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire and Woodstock, Oxfordshire. Each stock collections from some of the world’s best bridal designers, and you can get a bit more of a feel for each studio and the labels we stock right here. To book an appointment with us, click here to fill out our online booking form. We can’t wait to meet you.

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