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What To Wear To A Beach Wedding: A Guide For Wedding Guests

What To Wear To A Beach Wedding

If there was ever a time to minimize the guest list and run away for a simple wedding on the beach for an affordable price, this is it! So if you’ve recently been invited to a beach wedding, here’s what to wear for ultimate beach comfort and style.

2020 brides…we feel for you! If your wedding was impacted by COVID-19, we can’t image the stress and hurt you feel after having to reschedule the biggest day of your life. Some brides are choosing to reschedule their Big Day, and others are choosing to simply switch their plans and have a beautiful, simple wedding outdoors with their closest friends and family. Ever considered a backyard celebration or a beach wedding?

What To Wear To A Beach Wedding

Beach weddings are the perfect outdoor wedding venue, and guests have an extra reason to party! Whether you live near the ocean or the plan to travel for the Big Day, beach weddings allow everyone to relax and feel the spirit of vacation. Plus, the happy couple might even welcome you to their wedding celebration with wedding welcome bags!

So if you’ve recently been invited to celebrate a new marriage on the beach , dust off those flip-flops and read on for what to wear to a beach wedding!

Make Life Easy, Wear Flat Shoes

Beach weddings are laid-back and elegant at the same time. There’s no need to wear heels! Not only are they uncomfortable, but you’ll most likely have a hard time walking in the sand. And if the bride chooses to have an aisle, wearing heels is just another tripping hazard. Make life easy on yourself- wear flat shoes on the sand!

Are Open-Toed Shoes Acceptable To Wear To A Beach Wedding?

For anyone unsure, open-toed shoes are acceptable to wear to a beach wedding, regardless of how formal it is. Just be sure to get a pedicure first!

Resist The Temptation To Wear White

White goes with everything. And let’s face it, it looks gorgeous with the ocean in the background. But we all can agree that it is not wedding etiquette to wear white to a wedding. And even though it’s chic and classy, wearing all black to a beach wedding probably isn’t the best idea, either. That sunshine is hot!

When choosing what to wear to a beach wedding, the world of color options is at your fingertips. Be inspired by bright colors that will pop against the beige sand. Alternatively, for an early spring beach wedding, pastel colors will set the mood and look elegant as well. Whatever color you choose to wear, just make sure it doesn’t match the bridesmaids! Nothing is more embarrassing than being at a wedding and matching the bridesmaids without actually being one. But if this happens to you, don’t feel too bad about it. We’ve all been there before.

If you want to avoid the chances of that happening, consider a patterned floral, polka-dot, or striped dress.

Refer To The Wedding Invitation For How To Dress

If you’re wondering what to wear to a beach wedding, scan the wedding invitation again. Did the bride and groom use any of the following phrases? Formal attire, semi-formal, or casual? If not, determine what the wedding venue is. Formal events are usually held in a resort ballroom or on a yacht. If the reception is held in a restaurant or ocean-front hotel, it’s probably a semi-formal event. Casual weddings are usually smaller events with both the ceremony and reception taking place on the sand.

Beach Formal Attire For A Wedding

As goes with tradition, we recommend a suit and tie for men to wear to a formal beach wedding. Women can wear a long, elegant gown.

Semi-Formal Beach Attire

Semi-formal beach weddings are a bit easier to dress for. For men, long pants with a button-down shirt will do. A suit jacket or vest can also be worn, but keep in mind that the temperature might be hot!

For women, a semi-formal beach wedding outfit is a short or tea-length dress. Just be sure to select a dress that won’t blow up if a gust of wind comes!

Casual Beach Wedding Attire

Casual beach weddings leave a lot of room for dressing options! For men, long pants with a short sleeve or 3/4 length sleeve button-down shirt will meet the casual dress code. Even for casual weddings, we don’t recommend men to wear shorts. Is it ever okay for men to wear shorts to a wedding, even if it’s considered casual? Let us know in the comments below!

Women, on the other hand, have a lot of options for casual beach wedding attire. A long maxi dress is an affordable, elegant option. Consider the selection below for inspiration.

What To Wear Underneath Your Beach Wedding Outfit

We at Wedivite keep you covered. Quite literally.

On a final note about what to wear to a beach wedding, protect yourself from a gust of wind and wear one of these under your beach wedding dress…