Many people tend to think that a beach wedding automatically means they can dress down. Unfortunately, this is not the case. You may not need to dress as fancily as if you were going to a wedding at a high-end hotel, but you still want to look like you are going to a special occasion. Here are a few rules to guide your choice on beach wedding attire:
Go with vibrant colors. Bright reds, purples, corals, and blues are great for beach weddings. More muted colors such as beiges, silvers, mauves blacks and browns may look great for an indoor wedding, but beach weddings demand a bit more color.
When in doubt, got with a floral dress. This does not mean that you can throw on a cotton halter dress that could be mistaken for a beach cover-up. A floral print dress in a nice fabric is both comfortable and elegant. However, make sure that it is long enough (or that you have something underneath) to account for windy days.
For men's beach wedding attire, linen is a great option. Linen pants, shirts, and jackets are great because they are comfortable (without looking too casual).
When it comes to beach wedding shoes, you need them to be practical yet nice. Rubber flip-flops should never be worn. A flat leather sandal is ideal. Do not wear stilettos, or you will draw too much attention to yourself as you try to make your way through the sand.
While most brides typically choose formal and elegant wedding gowns made with thick fabrics, that may not be the best choice for your beach wedding attire. Since you’ll be outside in the sun, and possibly the humidity, depending on how tropical your beach wedding setting is, a lighter, more flowing, and maybe even less formal wedding gown is worth exploring.
A less weighty, more flowy, and slightly casual wedding gown might be the best option for your beach wedding and beach wedding reception because of the following:
- The heat and possible humidity could be motivation enough to choose something on the lighter side. Lighter fabrics will allow your body to move and breath. The last thing you’ll want to deal with on your wedding day is sweat marks, or feeling suffocated by your dress.
- A flowing dress will look better amongst the unpredictable and un-tamed elements like the wind, mist, or sun. A looser, more carefree wedding dress looks best when juxtaposed with the natural backdrop.
- A stiff dress against the backdrop of the ocean meeting the horizon isn’t the best look for your wedding photographs. The way the wind hits lighter dresses is more aesthetically pleasing.
- The great aspect of choosing a flowing, light dress is that even if you do get cold, you could easily find an elegant shawl to throw over your bare shoulders. Just as long as your warming accessory matches well with your gown then you’re set.
- It’ll be easier for you to find a less formal beach wedding dress that’s on the inexpensive side, versus a formal dress. The more fabric, embellishments, and overall manpower needed to create a dress, the more expensive it will be.
The reason flowing beach wedding dresses are lighter is due to the material. When you begin your wedding dress shopping, keep an eye out for the following materials:
- Duchess Satin
Stay away from polyester or satin blends, because those materials prevent your skin from breathing. Look for cotton blends, which have a small percentage of spandex.
Not only will the fabric help your body breath throughout your beach wedding, but specific styles will help with that as well. Strapless wedding dresses are a popular beach wedding dress style. Or, you could opt for slinky and sultry spaghetti straps, or even a one-shouldered style dress. There are countless styles that allow your upper body to breath, so the last thing you’ll have to worry about is running out of options.
The length will also play a major role in how comfortable and beach appropriate your wedding gown is. For example, a tea, ankle, or even calf length dress is not only unique, but also ideal for hot weather. Any of these lengths are especially ideal for a wedding that takes place on the sand because you won’t have to worry about your dress getting dirty.
Backyards, parks and beaches are all beautiful locations for a wedding. With the backdrop of crashing waves, a gorgeous sunset or a landscape of fall-colored leaves, how could you resist? While it can be wonderful to get married outdoors, you have to consider how the weather could affect your big day and your choice of wedding attire. When planning your outdoor wedding, be sure you are looking at comfortable and weather-appropriate outdoor wedding dresses.
Summer beach wedding dresses should be made of light, breathable materials. Go with light fabrics such as a thin silk or chiffon—they are airy and fit perfectly with the beach atmosphere. These fabrics are easier to move in, which will come in handy when you’re walking down the sandy aisle. Also consider wearing a strapless or one-shouldered gown—these are cooler and allow you to show off your neckline. Let your guests know ahead of time that they should wear beach wedding attire. Linen is a great choice. You want your guests to be comfortable, happy and focused on the ceremony, not worried about wiping their brows.
Heavier fabrics like satin or velvet are appropriate for fall weddings. Satin is great for fall because it’s solid and dense, but won’t weigh you down. You are welcome to go with a strapless, one-shouldered or even a halter style—just make sure your dress is floor length. Putting a deep red rose in your hair would complement your fall theme. You can even wear a chocolate brown or burgundy sash or satin draping belt.
Winter wedding dresses tend to be more formal and made of thick, warm materials. Velvet is a popular Winter wedding fabric because of its warm and luxurious qualities. An all-white long wedding gown, long white gloves, and a clean up-do will add to the formal theme and make you feel like you're in a winter wonderland. Because of the cold weather, you have the green light to wear a faux fur, silk or satin shawl that you can take off depending on your mood or temperature.
Spring weddings offer a world of opportunities for wedding attire. Dupioni, a lightweight silk fabric that is somewhat coarse with a subtle sheen, is an appropriate fabric for spring. Tea-length wedding dresses are a perfect choice for spring weddings because they are fun and flirty—just like the season. Add some bright spring accents to your ensemble such as pink, blue, or yellow sapphire gemstone jewelry. Since spring can still get chilly, be prepared with a light shawl or silk wrap if you need to get rid of goose bumps.
Planning a summer wedding? Find a bridal gown that captures the breezy feel of a beautiful summer day. Try these ideas while searching through wedding dresses to find the perfect fit for your big day.
Show Some Skin
Sleeveless gowns can be worn in cooler weather, but generally involve having to shop for a wrap or stole to complete the look. Mild weather affords you the chance to wear strapless and backless dresses comfortably. When shopping for your summer wedding dress, look for bridal gowns with delicate necklines and thin straps or no straps.
Choose the Right Fabric
Whether your summer wedding will be casual or formal, avoid heavy fabrics and fur embellishments. Airy silk, organza and tulle have a lighter feel and drape beautifully. While satin shouldn’t be ruled out completely, you should avoid satin with a heavy feel or long sleeves.
Less Is More
For summer weddings, bridal gowns should express a carefree feeling. Shop for a romantic, flowing gown with limited embellishments. Formal weddings taking place in the evening give you a little more wiggle room. If your wedding is very formal, you can shop for designer bridal gowns with elaborate features.
Beach Wedding Dresses
When getting married on the beach, shop for a casual bridal gown. While many brides choose a tea-length bridal gown, this is not mandatory. Take into account weather and your ability to move in the dress—and remember that you’ll probably be barefoot or in flats.