What and what not to wear for a beach wedding

What and what not to wear for a beach wedding

The idea of a beach wedding is, in theory, idyllic; the warm sun on your face, the soft sand between your toes and the gentle sound of the waves as your nearest and dearest lovingly say their vows.

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And it seems like many couples agree with a report in Trip Savvy, suggesting that 25% of marriages are now destination weddings.

But in reality, dressing for a beach wedding can be very tricky. While a beach wedding is usually a more casual affair than a traditional church ceremony, you’ll still want to dress well but also in a manner that is comfortable and practical for the location. Here are some tips for beach wedding attire.

The fabrics

If you are attending a summer beach wedding, the chances are that you’ll be experiencing some high temperatures. For this reason you’ll want something light, breathable and not too restrictive. Think a cotton sundress or long flowing maxi dress for the ladies and for gentlemen, linen pants and a light, short-sleeved shirt should fit the bill. A polo shirt could also suffice for a more casual wedding.

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Ever tried walking across sand in stiletto heels? Now is not the time to try! Think practically when it comes to your choice of footwear. Sandals, small wedges or even detailed flip flops are the ideal footwear choice for women. Gents could also sport a sandal or espadrille. Just so long as the footwear is flat bottomed you should be fine.

What not to wear

Overly formal wear is not usually expected at a beach wedding but it would be inappropriate to wear anything too casual like denim or ripped effect clothing. If in doubt, speak to a member of the wedding party to get a general idea of the most sensible and appropriate wedding guest dresses (https://www.axparis.com/collections/wedding-guest-dresses) and suits for this particular occasion.


The ideal choice for a summer wedding are pastel colours – think outfits with light pink and blue hues to really embrace the warm, summer vibe. Beware of yellows or oranges if the area is prone to lots of flies and insects and remember that black attracts heat, so you’ll probably be overly warm in a predominantly dark outfit. Of course, women should usually avoid white if they don’t want to upstage the bride!


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