How to Dress for a Beach Wedding
Knowing what to wear to a beach wedding can be difficult because these events can range from an informal dress code to a formal dress code. It really is all about following the theme of the weeding, reading the dress guidelines and dressing for the weather, since it will be outdoors.
Note the portion of the wedding invitation that deals with the dress code because this is where you are going to base your decision to wear vacation attire or not. Look for words like black tie, formal dress code and informal dress code and then you can begin planning your beach wedding outfit. Beach wedding etiquette is so different from a traditional wedding and the expectations are generally set by the bride and groom so look to them and their planning for your best cues.
Black Tie and Formal Dress Code
Wedding invitations that indicate black tie is optional or formal is in effect are going to be more elaborate weddings, usually held in the evenings. If you are wondering what to wear to a beach wedding of this type, long wedding gowns in darker colors for women and a tie and jacket for men, even tuxedos, are appropriate.
Informal Dress Code and Vacation Attire
Then there are those beach weddings that throw beach wedding etiquette out the window and allow their guests to wear what they are comfortable in. A beach wedding is an affair that is going to include sand, sea spray, gnats, wind and the possible rain shower, so allowing you to wear clothes that looks great, but also breathes is key.
Children are always the easiest to dress for a wedding, with the only real rules to follow being that they look cute. You do want to make sure that you dress them for the occasion. Because it is on the beach, avoid anything that is going to be clingy, itchy and uncomfortable or you will have a very upset child on your hands.
Dress For the Weather
One thing that the wedding invitation cannot help you with is the weather on the big day. Watch the weather report closely, in particular, whether it is going to rain or be windy. Knowing the weather might change what you decide to wear in the end and even prompt you to add a couple accessories, such as a hat or scarf. Above all, always wear what you feel most comfortable in because you will be wearing this outfit for several hours.