A destination wedding can be an unforgettable way to exchange nuptials–but finding the best dress can be a challenge. The key to your perfect dress for your destination wedding is to keep in mind the climate, culture, and overall style you want to look for.

While you can opt for a variety of styles, these features are what you want to look for in a dress for a destination wedding:

  1. Flowy, breezy fabric. Most destination weddings take place on beaches, tropical or humid climates. You don’t want a dress that is so heavy and weighs you down, so shy away from stiffer fabrics like satin or heavy embroidery. Instead opt for a dress made of charmeuse or chiffon, both light and breezy fabrics that will look and do beautifully in a destination setting. If you prefer a bit more structure, organza is also possible.
  2. Mind your silhouette. If your destination wedding plans include a beach, skip the full ball gown, which will not only prove cumbersome but also feel out of place. Your best bet? A relaxed A line or sheath, which will make for a breathable dress. If you do opt for a more fitted style, make sure to go light on the fabric.
  3. Beautiful simplicity. For the most part, a destination wedding calls for a dress with beautiful but more subtle details: instead of heavy embellishments or beading, focus on alluring necklines; illusion details; and soft patterns.

Finding a dress for a destination wedding isn’t so hard once you get a sense of what you want your overall look to be–and remember, the best dress is the one you feel beautiful in.