Do you have any suggestions for what to wear to a beach wedding in the late afternoon with a reception followed inside the hotel? I’m at a loss for how to dress. I’m sure it will be hot on August 13. Love your blog! Liz
Beach weddings are getting very popular, but if you have never been to one, you may be scratching your head wondering what to wear. Some beach weddings are more elegant and call for colorful, beachy cocktail wear -think resort chic. Others are super laid back – picture faded denim and casual, gauzy boho maxi dresses.
Whatever type of beach wedding you’re invited to, they all have one thing in common – a low-key, playful, summer feel. Here are some guidelines for what to wear to a beach wedding.
1. Choose Comfy, Loose, Cool Fabrics
It’s usually super hot and the setting is natural and free, so steer clear of heavy, stiff fabrics and super tailored clothes. Instead, try a pretty sundress in a relaxed, lightweight fabric like cotton or linen. Or, for a dressier oceanside ceremony, floaty chiffon is breezy and glamorous.
2. Don’t Be Afraid of Color
Since beach weddings are tropical and exotic, you can go with anything from pale, beachy pastels like pink, peach and blue, to island brights like parrot green, yellow and orange. Pretty floral prints or water/ocean inspired prints work well too.
3. Maxi Dresses are Fabulous For Beach Weddings
Long, flowing maxi dresses are perfect for seaside nuptials, and these days there are so many to choose from. Strapless, one shoulder or off the shoulder are super romantic. A halter style maxi is beachy and a little sexy too! Off the shoulder boho styles fit the carefree feel of the beach. Another option – the high-low maxi. It’s longer in the back than the front to show off your nice tanned legs!
4. Have Fun with Jewelry
A beach wedding is about adventure so bring out the buried treasure! Big colorful beads, shells, gold trinkets and coral jewelry; it all goes so well with the seaside theme.
5. Sandals Make Sense
If the happy couple plans to take their vows right on the beach forget high heels that have no place in the sand. If you want to wear shoes, then your best choice is a pair of glam sandals with a sexy touch of bling. If the ceremony is taking place on grass or on a patio, pretty wedge sandals or block heels are nice and easy to balance on. Plus they won’t get stuck in any cracks like a stiletto would.
6. Don’t Forget a Wrap
Ever noticed that it can get quite breezy down at the beach? Don’t let the wind spoil the ceremony for you. A light wrap comes in very handy and will protect your arms from the sun if the ceremony takes longer than you thought. A hat is a good idea too and sunglasses can be a lifesaver on a very bright day.
7. Keep Hair and Makeup Soft
Beach weddings = Natural so be sure that your make-up and make-up doesn’t look too done. Keep it soft and natural in keeping with your outfit and expect your hair to get blown around a bit. More Beauty at the Beach tips here.
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