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You’ve just been invited to attend a destination wedding and the first thing that comes to mind is swim suits, palm trees, flip-flops, tropical drinks, and sand between your toes. While all this certainly applies to the trip lets not forget you have a wedding to attend, and just because the wedding is at a beautiful destination, it doesn’t mean you’ll attend the wedding ceremony looking like the stereotype tourist.
The one-hundred-dollar-question is, “what do I wear to a beach wedding?” There are a few tips one can follow in order to look your best, be comfortable, and wear the proper attire to a non-traditional wedding. The first and best tip is you’ll likely receive a dress code included in the wedding invitation. If the wedding is black tie, an invitation should mention it, and if you’re the bride and groom thinking what to include in your invitation, add a suggestion on clothing according to normal climate in your destination of choice. If the wedding is on the beach, a casual suggestion should be mentioned- are shoes optional?
The best attire and fabrics for women include dresses that don’t cling to your body with light fabrics made of linen, organza, georgette, chiffon, light lace and even cottons which can still be luxurious. Man’s attire can include wearing linen pants with button down shirts. If a suit is required for the ceremony or you prefer to wear one, try cotton or a linen suit which are more lightweight and most importantly is loose fitting- not clinging to your back and body.
For the bride choose a gown always considering location and climate. A tropical beach wedding demands light fabrics that pack easily and aren’t easy to wrinkle. Forego a too long train, and keep in mind the length of a veil, which may move around on a tropical breeze beach.
No matter the dress, you’ll want to look and feel amazing so select something that flatters your figure, and make a style statement of your own. For accessories a Swarovski crystal set of earrings and necklace will dazzle any wedding dress. Select tropical hues for jewelry and clear crystal colors or select a color which goes with your wedding package of choice- such as the Romantic Red Collection from the Palace Resorts All Inclusive Wedding package with dazzling red, match it with a ruby crystal jewelry set.
For your head piece, whether stylish hair arrangements, a tiara or beautiful flower piece, your selection should complement your dress and style. Besides clothing make sure your shoes allow you to walk on the beach or uneven surfaces if needed — a great reason to choose a pretty low heeled wedge or flat sandal or have a different pare readily available for going from a beach ceremony to a terrace or ballroom reception.
Don’t leave it to chance by checking in your gown. Place your gown and any of your precious wedding accessories into a carry-on bag on your flight, and ask your flight attendant to hang it in the best planes stow-away closet.
Similar advice goes to the Maid of Honor and Bridesmaids, choose your participating attendants attire and consider wedding site, weather, and style. Short dresses with lightweight fabrics are better suited, as are colorful, floral print fresh style dresses. Sleeveless and strapless gowns are good options, as well as two piece dresses providing many different selections on fashion styles. Let your Bridesmaids choose what’s better for them. And remember, low heeled wedges or flat sandals are ideal.
For the Groom and Groomsmen, similar common sense tips apply and most importantly his attire should match the brides. For more formal weddings in a ballroom or an elegant resort terrace, have the men rent tuxedos back home. Just make sure all rentals are back home on-time, and if the Groom is staying longer for a honeymoon, have one of the Groomsmen return the suit for him. If your wedding site is more informal and beach-casual, then have them dress accordingly, but please man no shorts! it’s never appropriate. Many man like to go ultra casual and wear white linen shirts over khakis or tropical and Hawaiian shirts over linen trousers. Which ever they style of your Groom and Groomsmen, have them have them wear the proper attire for the local environment and your style.
Remember make your wedding as comfortable and enjoyable as possible for everyone considering temperatures, and ceremony locations. In this way you’ll not only look amazing but also feel amazing on your wedding day.