8 Off-the-Rack Gowns Perfect for a Destination Wedding

Brittny Drye Founder + Editor-in-Chief of Love Inc. Magazine | On-Air Wedding Expert | LGBTQ+ Inclusivity in the Wedding Industry

Summer wedding season is right around the corner and many brides have been planning for months and some are just beginning. Whether you’re recently engaged, plan on eloping in a faraway land (Thailand is personally next on my list!) or time has gotten the best of you, we have the perfect wedding dress styles that will still make you feel like a bride in no time!

1. Palace Garden

Palace Garden

The perfect mix of bohemian and elegant, this intricate re-embroidered tulle gown is just right for a garden fête. Sian gown by Catherine Dean, available for $2,800 at BHLDN.

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2 Glittering Goddess

Glittering Goddess

Love! From the plunging neckline, to the jewels cascading across the sheer back, I couldn’t dream of a gown more perfect for an intimate beach wedding. Tallulah gown by Catherine Dean, available for $2,000 at BHLDN.

3. Lofy Layers

Lofty Layers

Soft tiers of silk georgette float gently away from the body, creating a light airy look ideal for traveling. Silk georgette tiered sleeveless wedding dress by Ann Taylor for $795.

4. Sheer Romance

Sheer Romance

The trumpet silhouette makes this gown a little more formal, and the tulle overlay makes it a little more romantic. No one will question if you’re the bride with this look. One-shoulder tulle trumpet gown by ML Monique Lhuillier, available at Nordstrom for $598.

5.Caftan Chic

Caftan Chic

Nothing says destination quite like a caftan, and this lightweight crepe de chine look from Givenchy brings the luxury. With a draped bodice and (I hate to say this) elasticized waist, it’s easy to wear and requires little alteration when it comes to fit. Draped silk crepe de chine gown by Givenchy, available at netaporter.com for $3,990.

6. Well-Traveled


A classic column gown is the perfect blank canvas that just screams for accessories. It’s also durable, made from a stretch crepe de chine for a comfortable fit and minimal alterations. Marilyn gown by Nicole Miller for $1,200.

7. Touch of Glamour

Touch of Glamour

Torn between a “beach wedding” and a “traditional wedding” dress? This is the perfect mix! It has beautiful sequin detail on the top and fits throughout the hip to show off your curves, but still has the delicate flow of feathers for movement. No need to compromise on style and ease! Embellished sequin and feather fringe gown by Tadashi Shoji for $1,308.

8. Fit and Flow

Fit & Flow

Chiffon is always a worry-free choice for a destination wedding. Aside from the beautiful flow and lightweight quality of the fabric, it also steams out quickly after a long flight. Iridescent strapless ruffle gown by Badgley Mischka available at shopbop.com for $795.

By Michael Dougherty


Ever since I was a little boy I could be found sketching beautiful gowns and dreaming of love.  Over the years I have helped design and write other couple’s stories all while cultivating my own chapters in love.  With a background in fashion, I hope to inspire couples’ fashion on their very special day.


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