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Beach Weddings – What to Wear


Brides
For many women choosing that perfect wedding dress is one of the most important decisions they will have to make and there are certainly a lot of criteria to meet. If you are planning on having a beach wedding then a number of additional decisions must be made.

One of the first things you must consider is heat. A beach wedding is, hopefully, going to be hot and so your dress must accommodate for this. If you want to stay as cool as possible then you could opt for a short, strappy dress coupled with a pair of elegant, lightly decorated flip flops. For a classic beach look you could wear fresh flowers in your hair.

If you would prefer to keep your legs covered then you could always opt for a maxi dress; the styles of these types of dresses lend themselves perfectly to a beach environment.

If the wedding is taking place in the evening, or will continue into the early evening, then take a shawl with you to take the chill off.

Whichever dress you go for, the most important thing that matters is that you look and feel like a million dollars.

Grooms
A beach wedding is completely different from the more traditional weddings which typically tend to take place indoors. Therefore outfits should be altered to take this into accommodation and the Groom’s outfit is no exception.

It is important for the Groom to dress comfortably and lightly: a tweed jacket is not really the outfit of choice for a beach wedding! Suit trousers can be wore coupled with a smart shirt. If it is quite hot then you could leave the top couple of buttons undone (best not too if you have masses of chest hair!).

If possible, and sticking with tradition, pin a fresh flower onto your shirt: choose one that matches either your Bride’s bouquet or the flowers in her hair.

Guests
Beach weddings tend to be more informal and as such your outfit can be a little more chilled than normal. However, it should still be smart so try not to turn up in a Hawaiian style shirt, flip flops and shorts; unless approved by the wedding party beforehand!

It is important that you take the weather into consideration when planning your outfit. Female guests can take advantage of the (hopefully!) gorgeous weather and wear maxi dresses or shorter summer dresses. When it comes to choosing footwear, it is probably advisable to stay away from silhouettes and choose shoes that will be suitable for walking on sand or you may find yourself sinking!

Male guests could opt for suit trousers or even linen trousers which are cooler if the weather is quite hot and still look smart. Typically speaking, due to the informal approach of beach weddings, men do not need to wear ties and so a shirt is perfectly acceptable.

Holding a wedding on a beach is a great idea, especially if the sun is shining, and allows for a more informal wedding. Just remember to take plenty of suncream!

Dom Evans is a seasoned traveller/writer who now utilises his global roaming to advise Playaway Weekends on the best stag do destinations in the UK and Europe.

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