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Dos and Don’ts on Dressing for a Casual Beach Wedding (Wedding Guest Dress)

Wedding guest dress code for a beach venue

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If you have been invited to a casual beach wedding, the first thing that came into your mind was probably what you’re going to wear. When choosing an outfit for a beach wedding, there are a few things that you need to think about like the weather, color of your outfit, accessories, hair and makeup.

What you want is something that’s comfortable and suitable for the occasion while still looking stylish. Learn how to nail your beach wedding attire by reading our list of do’s and don’ts!

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DO: consider the weather before you decide

You can usually expect beach weather to be warm and breezy, but on the other hand it can be quite unpredictable. You can never know when a storm might creep up on your or a sudden heatwave will leave you sweating profusely. It’s best to check the weather beforehand and come prepared. Casual beach weddings mostly take place during the day so since you’re going to be in the heat and glare of the sun for quite some time. The attire you choose should not only look stylish but feel comfortable as well.

DON’T: wear very short skirts

Wearing very short skirts for a casual beach wedding isn’t the best choice, since it can be quite breezy and chances are your skirt will get blown up, which can be quite embarrassing. To avoid such situations, opt for midi or maxi lengths dresses which can make you feel more comfortable so you won’t have to worry about holding your skirt down for the duration of the ceremony.

DO: wear appropriate underwear

You can always go for a short skirt if you prefer it, but don’t forget to wear proper underwear just in case the wind does blow up your skirt. Make sure that the underwear you choose is comfortable and well fitting.  An excellent idea is to wear a pair of tight shorts under your skirt just in case.

DON’T: wear heavy fabrics

Heavy fabrics like poplin, denim and suede tend to stick to the skin and make you feel uncomfortable when you sweat in the sun. For a casual beach wedding, try light fabrics that will keep you cool and at ease throughout the day instead of clinging to your body and showing sweat marks in undesirable places. Fabrics like chiffon, cotton, organza and linen are ideal for casual beach weddings since they are light and can give you a simple but luxurious look. Sundresses are very popular for casual beach weddings and usually made out of lightweight fabrics that leave the wearer feeling comfortable and relaxed.

DO: carry sunscreen, a hat or a parasol

Carry some sunscreen with you to protect yourself from the glare of the sun. Sometimes, sunscreen can be insufficient so a parasol or a hat is a must. A nice straw hat with a wide brim will keep you well shaded and you can carry a parasol along as well for extra protection from the harmful rays of the sun.

parasol for wedding guest

Parasol by Crochet in Provence. See it HERE.

DON’T: wear stilettos

gladiator sandals for beach wedding guest

Gladiator sandals by Kionas Sandals. See it HERE.

When you think about what to wear for a wedding, the first picture that comes into your mind is probably that pretty dress you’ve just bought and your gorgeous pair of stilettos to go with it. However, this is a casual beach wedding and our advice is to leave the stilettos at home. The last thing you’d want is to be struggling to walk on the beach with your heels sticking in the sand at every step you take. Instead, opt for casual sandals, wedges or you could even go barefoot on the beach itself which is also completely fine. Another very popular option is barefoot sandals like this one here which are taking the beach wedding scene by storm.

You can go for block heels or wedge sandals since these can still look glamorous and are easier to balance on than stilettos. You also don’t run the risk of getting the heels stuck in any cracks. Ballet flats or gladiator sandals are also good choices.

DO: wear light makeup and a simple hairstyle

A casual beach wedding is simple and natural so keep your makeup simple too and make sure it doesn’t look too striking as you don’t want to draw the attention away from the bride. Also, wearing heavy makeup can be a problem since it tends to melt in the heat and can run down your face.

A simple hairdo will also work well rather than a complicated style that would make you look overdressed and may not match with the rest of your outfit. You can try wearing flowers in your hair or minimalist hair accessories to complete your look.

DON’T: wear black!

Beach guest wedding dress with floral patterns

Colorful print dress by Zubed Boutique. See it HERE.

While black attire can look glamorous and chic, we suggest avoiding it entirely when it comes to choosing the right outfit for a casual beach wedding. Black tends to attract heat so if you’re planning to dress in black then you can expect to find yourself completely fried if the day is hot. Casual beach weddings are usually held during the day so as tempting as it is, it would be a good idea to steer clear of anything black and save yourself the sunburn.

There are numerous colors which you can choose in different shades such as green, blue, pink, peach, yellow and orange unless there is a color scheme for the guests to stick to. Light and bright colors are ideal for sunny beach weddings so look for shades that you like and work well with your skin tone. Don’t forget to try floral prints which could suit the occasion perfectly.

DO: have fun with accessories!

Wedding guest wearing white dress for a beach venue

A casual beach wedding is a good chance for you to have fun and accessorize to your heart’s content! You can try bangles, jeweled earrings or necklaces and you can either carry a clutch or a cross body type purse. If you have a pretty headscarf or a hair clip that goes with your outfit, try it on and don’t forget to take a shawl or wrap with you for when the weather cools down in the evening or you might be left shivering in the cold.

When going shopping for something to wear to a casual beach wedding, try out the tips we’ve given you and you can’t go wrong! It’s best to know what to expect and be well prepared so that you’ll look great, be comfortable, enjoy the day and make the most out of it.