Today I arrived back in the office after a week shooting abroad in Morocco. There are lots of things I could tell you about it but on the whole the main thing that stood out was the heat - it was hot - very, very hot indeed. Most days were 39 degrees but we fought on through to get the job done! However it's not too, too hard when you are in beautiful settings as we were, and is the heat really a bad thing? In this country we spend most of our lives wishing for the sun, so none of us felt entitled to complain. In fact we all said how wonderful it would be to be married in a hot country and it sure would eliminate the one big problem that no bride can control on her wedding day - the weather! In turn hot countries inspire a certain kind of bridal style and whilst I was out there semi-dreaming of how I would dress myself for my own wedding if I married there, I thought of the following things:
- Slim dresses definitely work best - both in style and practicality. Style wise the floaty, Grecian/Indian/Arabian look mimics the countries' attire and is a good base to work a look around. These looks can be glammed up choosing a bejewelled, embellished style of dress, and in turn wearing some glitzy jewellery (drop earrings, bangles, beautiful crystal hair pieces as they would wear in these countries) and both silver and yellow gold work and can be mixed together. From a practical point of view, these styles are best as they are lightweight - easy to pack and therefore travel with, easy to wear and the chiffon fabrics lend them selves to air and a carefree, easy look. Satin too is surprisingly light and easy to wear as it doesn't stick and slim dresses will normally be one or two layers without the tulle underneath.
- Lace too is easy to wear but make sure it is not corded, and as there are many types of lace choose the material carefully. Remember lace breathes and keeps you cool. Designers who have this look down to a 'T' are Jenny Packham, Alice Temperley, Sharon Bowen, Alfred Sung, Alfred Angelo, and so many more - just look out for our shoots in the up and coming issues! It's all there with lots of brilliant styling ideas.
- Heels (as most girls want some height) work just as well as sandals so long as you are not on the beach. Many hot wedding locations abroad are set on grass and the ground is firmer due to the heat than an English country garden!
- If you want a fuller dress it is best to opt for a shorter version - 3/4 length is a good compromise so you can just see your feet and you will feel that much lighter with a gown that doesn't touch the ground. If it is full-skirted and full-length try and choose a dress that again is as lightweight as possible. Organza is wonderfully light and again the right type of lace is a great option. If you think it's going to be really hot but you adore the dress then just make sure your ceremony is later on in the day. Midday sun is the hottest and you will find temperatures drop dramatically after three o' clock.
- I once went to a wedding where they sourced beautiful fans. Cheap ones can be found at fans.co.uk. Hand them out to guests with plenty of water and if you can work one into your look - very Marie-Antoinette, which looks great with a full skirt! - then all the better. Hairwise, a beautiful clip or simple tiara will work and a short veil is always good - less material going on the better! Again great designers for 3/4 lengths dresses are Lyn Ashworth, Leigh Hetherington, Stephanie Allin, Blue...and I could go on but I'll keep you guessing till you see my shoots!
Please do email me with any particular questions - would love to hear from you!