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Dressing Right for Your Beach Destination Wedding

WEDDINGS | Published on 24/01/2024
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The idea of a sun-filled destination wedding on the beautiful shores of Mexico may seem like a great idea, but it may leave you wondering what to wear. Before you pack your normal suit jacket and slacks, it's important to know the do's and don'ts of beach wedding attire. You don't want to be uncomfortable or out of place on such a magical occasion. Whether you're the groom, part of the wedding party, or simply a guest wondering what to wear, this easy-to-follow guide will help you choose the perfect beach wedding suit. 

Beach Wedding Attire Basics

Knowing what to wear to a wedding depends a lot on what the wedding couple has asked of you. If the event is listed as casual, semi-formal, or formal, your outfit should reflect that. Here's what you need to know about beach wedding suits:

  1. For beach formal attire for weddings, a suit and tie are required. You'll want to look sharp, even at the beach, but it’s important to make sure the fabric and color you choose are beach appropriate.
  2. Opt for lighter fabrics, such as linen or khaki, and softer colors, such as beige, light gray, or light blue. These fabrics and colors will keep you cooler under the sun. Different from events elsewhere, formal attire for a wedding at the beach doesn’t include navy or black.
  3. For a semi-formal wedding, you can leave the tie and jacket at home or opt for a light sport coat or blazer. A pair of slacks and a button-down shirt will do and a less formal pair of close-toed shoes.
  4. Even for a casual beach wedding, you’ll still want to dress up. Long pants are still a must and shorts are generally not appropriate. However, you can opt for short-sleeved or three-quarter length sleeved shirts for a more casual beach wedding look.

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Outfit Ideas for a Unique Beach Wedding Suit

Want to dress to impress or stand out from the rest? Here are some unique outfit ideas for a wedding at the beach.

  • If you prefer a more formal look, consider adding a vest to your ensemble. It adds a touch of refinement, even without the jacket.
  • Add a daerker color jacket to a lighter color of slacks. The color block will make you look distinguished and fashionable.
  • Loafers mak for great footwear on the sand and help you maintain a classy vibe.
  • Roll up your pant leg ever so slightly so that your pants have a more casual look and they don’t drag in the sand.
  • For a more casual wedding at the beach, you'll often find guests wearing Hawaiian shirts or Mexican Guayaberas, which have become popular choices for beach weddings. Unless it's an ultra-casual event, avoid wearing sandals and instead opt for clean, white sneakers, a casual deck shoe, or a comfortable loafer. 

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Off-White Weddings

While you may remember a rule about never wearing white to a wedding, it has become increasingly common for couples to request that their guests wear shades of white to their destination wedding. If this is the case, opt for linen pants, a white button-down, and tan shoes for a sophisticated and modern look. 

Khaki can be a versatile color for slacks that complement the beach wedding attire and blend nicely with the coastal backdrop. Pair light khaki pants with a linen button-down shirt and dress shoes for a touch of sophistication.

Remember, the key is to dress comfortably and appropriately for your beach destination wedding. By following these tips and outfit ideas, you'll stand out for your sense of style while enjoying the special occasion.

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