When dressing for a beach wedding, you have lots of things to consider…whether it is formal or informal
and the weather, color and theme.
Ok, let’s talk about how dressy you need to be. Beach weddings are rarely formal, but make certain
because you don’t want to look out of place. If the wedding is formal, floor-length downs and suits
should be worn. However, most of the time women can wear sundresses to beach weddings and khaki
or linen shorts and shirts are acceptable for men. If an evening reception follows the ceremony, it may
be semi-formal event. In that case, women would dress it up a little more than a sundress and men
would upgrade to khaki or linen slacks, a button down shirt and a lightweight sport coat.
Ok, on to weather. Beach weddings can be pretty hot, so the first thing you want to do is make sure you
won’t sweat. Light fabrics that won’t stick to you and will help you stay cool in the Florida sun, such as
chiffon, linen or a cotton blend, would work best.
If there is a theme, of course try to adhere to the rules that apply. If there is a color scheme, look for
shades within that color palette that flatter your skin tone. If there is no theme or color scheme to
follow, light and bright is always a great way to go.
Even hair, make-up and shoes are a little different when you attend a wedding at the beach. Less is
more in the hot summer sun, so try to keep make-up to a minimum, and don’t forget to use waterproof
mascara. Beach weddings can also be breezy and humid, making hair frizzy or creating fly-aways, so you
may want to try an updo or pin your hair back.
Finally, it can be difficult to walk on the beach, and if the reception is at a different location, you will
need shoes. If it is casual, leather flip flops, loafers or boat shoes will do for men. Women should think
comfortable and stylish flats or sandals.