Your friends are getting married on the beach and you’ve been invited. What do you wear to a beach wedding? You may be asking yourself this question, especially if you have never been to a beach wedding before.
Beach weddings have an aesthetic all their own. You will not be in a church, so formal attire is out. More casual, comfortable clothing would seem to be the norm. But how can one be casual without being cavalier? In answering the question: What do people wear to beach weddings, we explore clothing options that will fit with the beach theme.
- Cool, comfortable, and loose fitting. Summertime is when most beach weddings will happen. Summer is usually hot. Therefore, wear a sundress as opposed to a heavier fabric. Chiffon dresses are elegant but can be worn in a semi-formal or a casual atmosphere.
- Think colorfully. When people think of beach weddings, they think of the ocean, sun, and cool breezes. Tropical and exotic are good beach wedding themes. Pastels, such as pink and peach work well, and yellows and light greens will give your outfit an islander feel. Floral prints and the blues and greens of the ocean will fit tropical and exotic themed beach wedding.
- Long and flowing. Maxi dresses are a good choice for beach weddings. From strapless to one shoulder, or off the shoulder completely, these long, flowing dresses will keep you cool and make you look and feel beautiful.
- Jewelry. Islands are homes to treasure in literature and mythology, so why not don a gold bracelet or a colorful beaded anklet for the upcoming beach wedding? Jewelry can add a nice formalizing touch without formal pretensions.
- Wrap yourself. Beach weddings, since they are near the ocean, bring abundant breezes. A wrap is a good choice to protect from the sun and wind, but it will keep you layered in a cool fashion. Along with a lotion with UV protection, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat will keep you from the agony of sunburn, if your friend’s wedding is midday.
- Wear sandals. Sand and sandals go together like peanut butter and jelly. The open-toed look is appropriate and comfortable for a summertime oceanside wedding. You can wear glittery sandals if you want more than a strict beach look. The rays of the sun will make your footwear sparkle. You can wear low wedge sandals if you want to add height without the pretension of high heels.
- Hair and makeup. Brides should schedule 2 hours minimum for hair on their wedding day. You do not have to go to these lengths, but you will want to spend time fixing your hair for the beach wedding ceremony.
- Hair and makeup are not clothing, however, how could we forget your most important feature, your lovely face! Beach destination weddings have a feel of naturalness, so don’t wear too much makeup or wear your hair as you would in a high-church, formal wedding. You can wear your hair up or down, however, the main thing is to not apply too much hairspray or a stiff gel that will subtract from a soft, natural feel. You wear makeup that makes you feel pretty and presentable, however, a beach wedding with ocean breezes and bright sunshine will highlight a “less is more” aesthetic.
So, whether you are planning a beach wedding or simply attending one, you have some tips on dressing appropriately, comfortably, and with flair.
Planning Destination Weddings
Just because weddings are common does not mean that each one is not special. There is an average of nearly 2.5 million weddings annually in the United States. You are getting married and you want to plan something special.
You are planning a destination wedding, maybe you’re planning a beach wedding? How do you overcome the hustle and bustle of planning a wedding, let alone one that is in an exotic location? We have some tips for those planning destination weddings.
- Location. First, select a special location that both you and your soon-to-be spouse will enjoy. Destination weddings are not exclusively held in Tahiti! There are beach weddings, country weddings, museum weddings, and a host of other options to choose from. You may want to get in a park near your childhood home. Wherever you choose, you’ll want a place that will have a special place on your big day and in your memory.
- Weather. You want to make sure that your destination wedding will not be hampered by inclement weather. Research the area’s weather patterns, especially during the season and month that you’ll choose. This will affect how you plan other things, such as suggestions for how your guests should dress. If you’re getting married on the beach, this will also affect your guests’ dress options.
- Travel costs. Destination weddings can be near or far, so estimate travel costs for you and your guests. You and your guests will need to be aware of airfare costs and the time to research and order their airfare tickets. If the destination is only a long drive for you or some of your guests, you’ll want to factor in drive time and gas prices.
- Visit beforehand. Go to your destination before the big day so that you can reconnoiter the area and the potential venues for both the wedding and the reception. You’ll want to reserve the venue well in advance, at least a year, especially if you have chosen a popular destination wedding location. If you are having an outdoor wedding or a beach wedding ceremony, select a backup indoor location in the event of inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances.
The Wedding Day Is Near
The wedding day is near. You’ve completed your advance planning. Now you’ll need to prepare for the final months and weeks before the ceremony.
- Wedding invitations. Send out your wedding invitations well in advance. How far out will depend on how much time it will take for your guests to make arrangements for your wedding. Your guests will need to make flight and hotel arrangements and these take time. Some wedding planners say that you should mail your invitations 6 to 8 months in advance. You may also mail “save the date” notices even before the official invitation, so that your guests are given a heads up that the invitation is near. This will give them even more notice. The courtesy of a “save the date” and invitation is much appreciated by your guests.
- Create a website. This is the age of the Internet, so if you’re tech savvy (or you can hire a professional), you can have a website with news of the wedding, engagement pictures, and a timeline for upcoming events up to the wedding day. You may also offer airfare and hotel accommodations, making it that much easier for your guests.
Of course, these are only a few of the items that you’ll need to arrange for your destination wedding. However, these tips will set you and your guests on the right track for planning for the big day. With your guests’ invitation needs taken care of, you can spend the rest of your time focusing on the needs of the bride, groom, and family.
Destination weddings are for the enjoyment of the happy couple and their guests. We hope that these tips will give you a head start in planning for your wedding. Congratulations!
Some wedding plans are more fun than others, and well, this makes the very fun list! Newly engaged and preparing the perfect invitation for your bridal party? Look no further than these absolutely wonderful beach wedding inspired bridesmaid invitations for your soon to be beach wedding bridesmaid! Of course there’s the traditional call your friend or ask her while on a lunch date, but we just can’t resist some of these beachy fun invites. And it fits right in under the affordable beach wedding theme! 🙂 So read on, maybe even just get inspired, and create your own special invite for your Florida Beach Wedding bridal party.
Beach Wedding Bridesmaids Invitations
Well, now that you’ve nailed down your bridal party, let’s get to planning your dream beach wedding together! Contact Florida Beach Weddings to start planning your perfect and affordable beach wedding.
There’s beauty in the details. And with these perfect beach wedding favors, your guests will really feel the beach love. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite favors to keep an affordable beach wedding real! All of these favors come with a price tag no more than $5 each. And some are as affordable as $2 each!
Beach Wedding Favors
Beach Wedding Cookies Ohhhh, ahhhh, yumm! That’s what guests will be saying after enjoying these fun beach wedding cookies. This etsy seller gets bonus points for prompt orders, amazing design, and delicious cookies!
Sunglasses: Functional, fun, and talk about a great opportunity for an awesome group pic! These sunglasses are the perfect accessory and gift for your beach wedding!
Sand Dollar Christmas Ornament: Remember the ocean breeze and sandy shore every Christmas while dawning the tree with these beautiful keepsake ornaments. A great wedding favor for guests, wedding party, and newlyweds!
Personalized Beach Wedding Coozie: Colas, Beers, and Waters can find their home in these fun keepsake coozies. Cheers to the new couple!
Air Plant Sea Urchin: How cute right?! And added bonus, you don’t need a green thumb to keep these fun plants alive. Just a weekly water and a lil’ sunshine will do the trick.
Feeling inspired? You’re sure to gain “favor” with your guests with these beach wedding favors! 😉 And if you think these favors are affordable and fun, you should check out our beach wedding packages.
You’ve gone through it all. The exciting engagement The fun planning. The dress shopping. The location choosing. And it’s finally here, your big day. So now what? Well, hopefully you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your big day. And if you’ve hired Florida Beach Weddings as your beach wedding planner, all systems are go! So here’s all you need to know for Beach Planning Wedding – the day of your wedding!
Beach Wedding Planning – The Day of Your Wedding
Time management is your best friend as you prepare for the day of your beach wedding. You’ll have a detailed literary from Florida Beach Weddings explaining the exact times of where to be and when. So we’re going to focus on pre-wedding timeline plans!
Rise and Shine!
Hopefully you’re waking up on your big day refreshed and well rested. Well maybe we should back up and say, it’s important to get to bed at a decent hour the night before your wedding. And don’t party hard. A glass of wine or drink the night before is fine to settle any nerves and unwind. However, hangovers, headaches, and regrets are NOT the way to start your big day! Then start of with a normal breakfast. No need to change things up here from your regular routine.
Hair and Make Up
A girl’s got to look good on her big day! Whether you’re doing a D.I.Y. wedding hairstyle or getting a professional touch, remember the 2 hour rule. You should allow at least 2 hours for hair (shampoo, blow out, the works). And you should have about 2 hours before your wedding of being “aisle ready.” Meaning you should be ready to walk the aisle- hair, make up, fed, ready to rock and roll. This sounds like a lot of time, but inevitably something will take a little longer than expected, or traffic, or… Better safe than sorry. And you can get some beach wedding hair inspirations here!
Breakfast, lunch, do your thing. Don’t eat anything out of the ordinary on your wedding day. It’s best to just stick to the usual. If you normally pig out for breakfast, do it. Breakfast skipper? Skip it. And make sure to stay hydrated. It’s easy to get caught up in all the excitement that you forget the H2O. Don’t let dehydration happen to you! And it’s also a good idea to pack a healthy snack for a little pre-wedding snack. You may lose track of time and not eat for hours and we want you feeling your best on your best day!
If you haven’t already, get an ETA from your pre-wedding location to the ceremony site. Thank you technology. And with that being said, you now have no excuse for being late to your own wedding. 🙂
One thing couples often forget is how to deal with “needy guests”(you know that friend who always gets lost, explaining to grandma where to park, flower girl’s mom with 1,000 questions). It’s best to have your maid of honor or other reliable friend as a contact for any wedding guest Q&A. Send out his/her phone# to guests and indicate they can call them with any questions. Or simply give her your phone the day of and she can play operational manager for the day.
Wait for it….
So you’re ready to go! Wait until the last 30-45 minutes before leaving your last stop before the wedding ceremony to get dressed if possible. This eliminates chances to get stains, wrinkles, etc. And don’t forget to use the restroom before dressing. Stay in your air conditioned car for as long as possible before meeting your wedding coordinator.
Once arriving to your wedding ceremony location all the beach wedding planning is a thing of the past. Florida Beach Weddings will give you instructions on where to go from there. And you get to simply enjoy the beautiful beach and your stress free wedding.
Well that’s everything to do the day of. And if you’re not quite there yet, but like the idea of a beach wedding, contact us to start planning today!