What to Wear to a Destination Wedding

July 25, 2018 by Dale Arden Chong

If there’s one good reason to pack up your things and jet off for a short getaway, it’s a destination wedding. Whether the ceremony is taking place in an entirely new location (hello, international weddings!), or you’re heading out of town to celebrate a friend who moved away, there’s a good chance that you’ll be doing some traveling during wedding season.

Of course, as if getting dressed for a wedding wasn’t stressful enough, having a specific place in mind for the occasion can make it all the more difficult. You want to look your best at the wedding, but not all dresses will be appropriate for all locations—after all, those flowing bohemian-inspired dresses might not cut it in the mountains. To make matters easier for you, we’ve put together twelve outfits to rent for any wedding, no matter where it’s taking place.

Destination Wedding Location: Beachfront

DRESS: SALONI, EARRINGS: KENNETH JAY LANE, CLUTCH: INGE CHRISTOPHER

DRESS: PARKER, CLUTCH: CLEOBELLA, CUFF: LELA SADOUGH

Attending a wedding along the sandy shore? When packing for a beach wedding, you’ll also want to consider the sand—which means no maxi dresses. Instead, opt for a for a knee-length dress with some ruffles to keep your ensemble on the playful side. Channel the colors of the glowing sunset and wear shades of red, orange or yellow. Be sure to top it off with some gold accessories, such as a pair of earrings or a clutch.

Destination Wedding Location: The Countryside

DRESS: DRESS THE POPULATION, EARRINGS: KATE SPADE NEW YORK, CLUTCH: DIANE VON FURSTENBERG

DRESS: ML MONIQUE LHUILLIER, EARRINGS: ELIZABETH AND JAMES ACCESSORIES, BAG: SONDRA ROBERTS

When you’re trekking to the great outdoors, take inspiration from your surroundings and wear a cool, dark green to embody the trees surrounding you. Pair this dress with accessories that have gold accents to bring out the color. When in doubt, opt for a dress that has cool, country-inspired details, such as a Victorian neckline or ruffles. Wear pieces inspired by nature like a handbag or a bracelet with textured details to give your outfit a more rustic approach for the ceremony.

Destination Wedding Location: Vineyard

DRESS: NICHOLAS, EARRINGS: SLATE & WILLOW, CUFF: SARAH MAGID

JUMPSUIT: 4.COLLECTIVE, NECKLACE: OSCAR DE LA RENTA, CLUTCH: CHRISTIAN SIRIANO

Perhaps it’s the undeniable romanticism that comes with vineyard weddings, but we can’t help but envision a flowing dress with lace that simply teems with flirtatious vibes. As the sun sets on the horizon during the vows, you’ll feel as if you walked onto a movie set. Complete the look with simple jewelry and let your dress be the focus of your ensemble. Want something a little unexpected for your next wine country wedding? A sleek jumpsuit will give you the opportunity to update your wedding guest wardrobe—especially when you’re attending plenty of weddings this season. We love a cool, cropped version that’ll show off your heels as you make your way through the field.

Destination Wedding Location: Tropical Island

DRESS: FREE PEOPLE, PURSE: LOEFFLER RANDALL, EARRINGS: REBECCA MINKOFF

DRESS: ELLIATT, NECKLACE: GORJANA, RING: ELISE M.

If you’re heading to a destination like the Caribbean or Hawaii, there’s no doubt that you’ll be surrounded by gorgeous, lush greenery and flowers. What better location to wear your favorite floral dresses? Take your colorful outfit up a notch with beaded earrings and a woven handbag. If you find yourself to be more of a minimalist when it comes to wedding dressing, we love a sleek dress in a pastel hue. Keep the overall look streamlined with a simple necklace and handbag.

Destination Wedding Location: Big City

JUMPSUIT: JAY GODFREY, CLUTCH: KATE SPADE NEW YORK ACCESSORIES, NECKLACE: WGACA VINTAGE

DRESS: DRESS THE POPULATION, CHOKER: DANNIJO, CLUTCH: GIGI NEW YORK

While you may not be heading to a tropical island for this wedding, there’s nothing like attending a ceremony in a look that’s cool with an air of edge to it. Wear a sleek flared jumpsuit for an outfit that’ll have you feeling as confident as ever. Rent it with an equally stylish clutch to hold all your evening necessities. If you prefer to wear a dress to your next wedding, a dark romantic dress will be exactly what you need for a wedding in the city. Whether you’re on a rooftop bar under the city lights for the reception or spending the evening dancing the night away with your beau, your outfit will be as memorable as the ceremony itself.

Whether you’re planning on circling the globe for an upcoming wedding or are just a road trip away from the ceremony, you now have a full roster for weddings at any destination. From a rural wedding on the countryside to receptions surrounded by tropical plants, we guarantee that these outfits will have you feeling like you’re exactly where you need to be.