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What Brides And Guests Should Wear To A Beach Wedding, According to Vania Romoff and Amina Aranaz!

In an archipelago that boasts the most beautiful islands in the world, the rise in popularity of Filipino beach weddings comes as no surprise. After all, we’ve got all the elements that make up an unforgettable tropical wedding: fine sand, crystal blue waters, and a majestic view of the sunset. 


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Holding a beach ceremony of your own, but don’t know what bridal dress to wear? Or are you attending a friend’s destination wedding, but have no clue on what to wear? Put your wardrobe worries at bay, because Metro.Style has come up with the ultimate guide on what—and what not—to wear.

In an exclusive interview with veteran bag designer Amina Aranaz and 2018 MetroWear Icon Vania Romoff, we give you the low-down on beach wedding style tips for brides and guests. For your dose of style fix, keep scrolling!


Decoding The Dress Code: A Guide For Brides,

 According To Bridal Designer Vania Romoff


1. Don’t Wear A Wedding Dress That Is Too Structured!

“You wedding dress should be comfortable and breathable. At the beach, the wind sort of blows in any direction, so you should be in something that you can move in beautifully. I don’t think the bride should wear something heavy, stiff, or too structured at the beach.”

We love the classy, delicate fabric used in this wedding dress!

Photo: @bridalvaniaromoff

Photo: @bridalvaniaromoff


2. Go For These Classic Fabrics

“Materials that you should look for are very light fabrics like silk chiffon and light crepe. Of course, you could also do lace and lighter-than-usual bridal satins!”

Vania Romoff bride Carla in an intricate lace ensemble

Photo: @bridalvaniaromoff


Vania Romoff bride Maxene Magalona in an elegant, off-shoulder number

Photo: @maxenemagalona


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3. Mini Dresses Are An Option, Too!

“If you don’t want to wear a long dress, go for cocktail lengths—I love mini dresses! In fact, I wore one to my wedding after-party. I think it’s a fun way of breaking the mold, and just being yourself. After all, dressing up for your wedding is all about being yourself!”

Photo: @bridalvaniaromoff


4. Feel Free To Think Outside The Box

“A beach wedding is such a fun event. It opens so much possibility in terms of dressing outside of a black tie event. In beach weddings, you can even go as far as wearing flats, fun earrings, and floral headpieces.”

Vania Romoff bride Maureen in a nypmh-inspired outfit

Photo: @bridalvaniaromoff


Photo: @bridalvaniaromoff



Decoding The Dress Code: A Guide For Guests,

 According To Bridal Designer Amina Aranaz



  1. Go For Laid-Back, Slightly Revealing Dresses

“Because it’s a wedding, I feel that a long gown is still necessary. It’s not every day when a woman can wear a long gown, so when you have the opportunity—like a beach wedding—take it!

Wear something a bit more revealing, but of course, it still has to respect the solemnity of the ceremony. There are plenty of ways to do 'laid-back' that are still dressed up. Whether it be through special touches like embroidery, beadwork or even the cuts [of your dress]!"


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Maxi dresses from Sky Castle Co

Photo: @skycastleco


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Photo: @anakarylle

Photo: @anakarylle



2. Choose Lightweight Pieces.

“Go for a bit of chiffon, layered tulle, or linen. There are a lot of beautiful printed linen pieces today!”



3. Don’t Be Afraid To Wear Prints!

“In recent years, there has been an explosion of prints. Usually, people lean towards solid colors because they’re safe, but I think beach weddings are a time to dress up and add a bit more flair! You can even have three dimensional flower appliqué popping somewhere in your dress to add a tropical feel."


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Photo: @studiovaniaromoff


2019 Metro Most Stylish Woman Salome Uy wearing a floral, peplum Charina Sarte dress


4. Here’s A Style Tip For Women Who Aren’t A Fan Of Dresses

“Pantsuits are also a great option, but of course, don’t wear long sleeves! Go for laid-back pieces like halters, backless tops or tube tops."


Printed coordinates from Studio Rosanna Ocampo

Photo: @rosannaocampo_rod



One shoulder panstuit from Carolina Herrera

Photo: Carolina Herrera


5. Whatever You Do, Do Not Wear Flip-Flops!

“Don’t think that just because it’s at the beach, then you should wear slippers and a beach cover up. For footwear, you can go with embellished flats and sandals."


Metallic leather slides from 

Photo: Farfetch



6. Replace Your Gigantic Beach Bag With This Must-Have Piece

“Holding a smaller sized bag makes you look more special, elegant, and dressed up. Don’t wear your gigantic beach bag—even if that’s an embroidered ARANÁZ  basket bag! I would not use big bags for a wedding, and that’s why in ARANÁZ, we’ve created a whole range. We have mini clutches and mini bucket bags, because when you’re in the beach, you’ll still need that special bag. This is exactly the lifestyle I’ve had in mind—it’s all about adding special resort pieces to your wardrobe.” 


Resort chic clutches, ARANÁZ

Photo: @aminaaranaz

Photo: @aranaz_ph


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Artwork by Butchie Peña