Considering the sun, sand, and ocean breeze, is there really a reason not to have a seaside wedding ceremony? A morning on the beach is a magical event in itself. There’s no doubt that the magic would multiply if the beach trip was also your wedding!
As lovely as beach weddings are, planning a wedding in your own backyard is challenging enough. How can you make sure you do it right if you’re getting married miles away on the shore? From décor ideas and packing tips to shoe and clothing suggestions, we’ve put together a few frequently asked questions about beach weddings.
Take a deep breath, take each planning element at a time, and revel in the idea that your wedding day can—and will—be everything you want it to be.
1. What type of dress should I wear?
When it comes time to go dress shopping, keep in mind that you should be looking for a design that suits the beach theme. Forget that satin mermaid gown or that beaded ball gown you’ve been dreaming about since you were a little girl. A beach wedding calls for a lightweight, airy look. This is the perfect opportunity to opt for a casual dress instead of a traditional bridal gown.
As you peruse the different fabrics available, choose something soft and breezy such as chiffon. As much as you may love lace, you don’t want your dress to be clumped with wet sand at the bottom, and lace can attract grains of dirt and sand with ease. While a long gown blowing in the breeze can look stunning in-person and in pictures, you may want to consider trying on some short styles and tea length silhouettes as well.
2. What type of shoes should I buy?
One of the best things about a beach wedding is that shoes are optional. If you’re comfortable going barefoot, do so! If you’re set on wearing shoes, flat sandals are likely to be your best bet. One of the best beach wedding tips we can give you is that it’s crucial to have the right shoes on your feet. Have you ever seen anyone try to walk in heels in the sand? It’s not pretty.
3. What should the guys wear?
Opt out of the traditional black tuxedo if you’re getting married in a hot, humid, or tropical climate. Instead of a penguin suit, have the men dress in a more relaxed manner. Consider lightweight pants and a button-down shirt with the sleeves rolled up or a shirt/vest/tie combo without the jacket. If you do want your men in jackets, choose suits or sport coats in lightweight colors and breathable fabrics. No one wants to sweat through the ceremony!
4. What colors should I dress my girls in?
There’s no real rule to be broken here—you can dress your bridesmaids in any color you choose—but soft, pastel color palettes tend to look beautiful against the backdrop of the sun and waves. Consider the types of colors you would find in sea glass, such as soft blues and light greens, or add a punch of tropical color by choosing shades of coral, turquoise, pinks, and peaches. Whether you go bold or soft, it’s more important to make sure you choose dresses in a lightweight, airy fabric that you will be comfortable in.
5. What should I do with my hair?
Forget the fancy up-do and go for something soft and pretty. A messy knot with a pretty hair clip, a tousled ponytail with a pretty braid, and long, loose flowing locks are all great options for a beach celebration.
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