How to dress for a Beach Wedding – Top Tips for Guests.
If you’ve already been invited to a few wedding ceremonies, then you will know that destination weddings are the best—especially ones at the beach. It’s a celebration and a holiday rolled into one. However they do require some extra planning, and for the marrying couple and guests the challenge is being prepared for the sun.
Here’s a guide you can follow to make sure you pack the right things:
Summer beach wedding: The best type of fabric
For Him: GQ says no matter how casual the wedding, a suit is still your best choice. Choose between linen or cotton, so you don’t end up melting into a puddle of sweat during the ceremony. Make sure you also have it tailored so it drapes over your shoulders perfectly. If the wedding is formal, a button-down shirt with a light suit will work best. And why not add a little touch of floral if the wedding is casual?
For Her: Linen, chiffon, organza, cotton, and lace, are perfect for a beach wedding. The goal is to stay away from the types of fabric that will cling to your skin when you sweat. Staying fresh during the wedding is the key, and the Midi Dresses featured on Woman Within show the different designs that women can wear without sacrificing comfort. Midi and tea length dresses work well at casual weddings as you can wear them with strappy flats and a clutch bag or pouch. For a formal celebration, it’s best to wear a long chiffon gown or one made from silk. Fancier fabrics like satin will make you look even more upscale.
Summer beach wedding: The best shades and colours
For Him: Tans, greys, blues, and creams are great colours to choose from. Fashion journalist Allison Fox notes that whites, off-whites, pale greys, and khakis are good base colours for your outfits, too. Although the colour of your attire will mostly depend on the wedding theme, so it’s best to opt for lighter shades to help keep you cool.
For Her: The bride will no doubt have her dress planned out months before the event. For guests who can’t decide, bright colours and bold prints work best for summer beach weddings. Formal events call for more solid colours, while informal weddings let you play around with floral, dot, and stripe patterns. Maxi dresses with beautiful fades at the bottom will also look great.
Summer beach wedding: The best footwear
For Him: Although the wedding is on the beach, a pair of sandals would look too casual. Reserve the barefoot look for the evening, when the wedding party is almost over. Bespoke Unit recommend opting for a pair of boat shoes and loafers that are either white, brown, or dark brown.
For Her: Walking in the sand is not an easy feat if you’re wearing high heels—especially a pair of stilettos. It’s best to wear flat shoes, fancy flip-flops (except rubber ones), or dressy sandals. Wedges, ballerina mules, white loafers, and slingback heels are comfortable choices, too.
Summer beach wedding: The best accessories
For Him: Ties are great but they can cause and catch sweat, so a good alternative is a bowtie. Depending on the wedding theme, you can also wear a fedora hat to shade your face. A pocket square will not only look dapper, it will be a useful way to wipe away any sweat if it gets too hot.
For Her: You don’t need a lot of accessories for a beach wedding as simplicity often works best, but a statement piece is necessary to bring your entire attire together. A chunky necklace or bracelet would work really well with any long chiffon dress or midi floral.
Other accessories you may need include a hand fan, a portable USB fan, sunglasses, and maybe even an umbrella —these will help you keep cool during the ceremony. Rechargeable misting fans are a great idea, too.
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