Wedding Hair for East Coast Beaches

There are the color swatches…and the wedding dress shopping. The vow choices…and the perfect location. Then there’s the icing on the wedding cake: your hair and make up. Let’s talk about wedding hair, specifically for east coast beaches. Why? Because the Atlantic ocean is unique and if you are getting married on Daytona Beach, New Smyrna BeachSt. Augustine Beach or Cocoa Beach, or further south in Boynton Beach and Fort Lauderdale, there are natural elements to consider when planning your wedding hairstyle. So here’s some Atlantic ocean beach wedding hair tips.

Sea Breeze

MPH– I’m talking wind here. Consider the unpredictability of the wind conditions, especially on the east coast. You could have a bright sunny day, with little wind 5 miles inland, but a normal day’s sea breeze on the coast will get things moving. And by things, I’m talking your hair. So whether your hair’s up, down, or somewhere in between, keep this in mind. For your beach wedding day or beach elopement, you want to keep your face clearly visible. A simple pin back with a cute, beachy accessory or a headband could do the trick

Bride with white rose bouquet and groom hug on st augustinebeach

Wedding Veil

A wedding veil on the beach…why not? However, keep in mind the east coast breeze could have it whipping around. You might want to make it easy to remove in case the wind picks up. You can wear it for the ceremony and remove it afterward for your ocean wedding photos. Our professional photographer will ensure you have beautiful pictures in both cases.

Couple gazes at each other under wedding arch on Daytona Beach

Professional Hairstyling

D.I.Y. or call in the professional: Do you have some wiggle room in your budget for hair and make up? If you’ve booked a cheap Florida beach wedding package you probably do! If so, this is a good place to go for it. There’s just something about the magic touch of a stylist that keeps things in all the right places for the long haul. Especially for beach weddings when you’re considering sand, salt, heat, wind, etc. Maxed out budget? Don’t sweat it. Seek help from a fashion savvy friend, or a YouTube style channel, and do a few practice runs. Oh, and LOTS of hairspray!

Your Hair Type

Be realistic: In the world of internet stock images and photoshop, don’t be fooled. Finding an image or style that “inspires” you is a GREAT place to start. But be willing to modify the look to fit your beach wedding venue and personal hair type. Consider thickness, length, and curl/straight and be aware of how that affects your style options. If you have heavy, thick, straight hair, springing curls may not work for you. However, you can still achieve a beachy wave or similar look. Just cater to your natural beauty!

Bride Smiling before wedding Cocoa Beach trees

Long/Medium Wedding Hairstyles

Couple kisses by ocean in St. Augustine at beach weddingBohemian bride and groom by the seaBride looking down at bouquet on Anastasia Island Beach FL

Short Hairstyles:

Up Do’s

Hair updo

Happy Hair Styling! And if all these dreamy hair photos have you ready to get things going, click here to book your all inclusive Florida Beach Wedding package today!

Guests: What To Wear At A Beach Wedding

Your friends or family are getting married on the beach and you’ve been invited; how exciting to be invited to a destination wedding! What do you wear to a beach wedding? You may think this is a no-brainer but if you have never been to a Florida wedding before, especially one that takes place on the sand, in the sun and by the sea, you may need a few helpful suggestions.

Boho beach dress maxi length on young woman

Beach weddings have an aesthetic all their own. You will not be in a church, so very formal attire is out. More casual, comfortable clothing would seem to be the norm, however some beach weddings can indeed be more dressy. It is wise to check with the couple getting married to find out what kind of ceremony they are planning. So, when answering the question, what do people wear to beach weddings, we draw on over 13 years of retail bridal and beach ceremony experience to help you. Let’s explore clothing options that will fit with a beachy theme and keep you comfortable:

Siesta Bridal Party on the sand after wedding

Cool, comfortable, and loose fitting

Summertime is when many beach weddings will happen. Summer in Florida is hot. Therefore, you may wish to wear a sundress or wrap dress as opposed to a heavier fabric. Chiffon dresses are elegant but can be worn in a semi-formal or a casual atmosphere.

Bridesmaids in short dresses on Daytona Beach

Colorful beach clothing

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 island feel. Floral prints and the blues and greens of the ocean will fit any tropical and exotic themed beach wedding. You can also inquire what colors the bride has chosen for her beach wedding package and use that as a guideline.

Long and flowing beach dresses

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. Because there’s a breeze, you can wear dresses that have some movement. Ruffles, layers, and asymmetrical hemlines. Not only will they look great on the beach, they are great on any figure and look festive and classy. Unlike a traditional wedding in an indoor venue, at a beach ceremony you may have to hike over sand to get to the bridal location. A dress that is flowing will be far easier to walk in on the white sand.

Guests pose with bride at Siesta Key beach wedding

Beach wedding 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, and it will keep you layered in a cool fashion. Along with a lotion with UV protection and sunglasses, adding a wide-brimmed hat will keep you from the agony of sunburn, especially if your family or friend’s wedding is midday.

Relax and kick back with our St. Augustine beach wedding packages in Florida.

Wear sandals

Sand and sandals go together like peanut butter and jelly. The open-toed look is appropriate and comfortable for a summertime ocean side 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. Heck, you might even go barefoot after the wedding to experience the incredible beach sand!

Wedding Guest hair and makeup

Brides should schedule 2 hours minimum for hair on their wedding day. As a guest, you do not have to go to these lengths, but you will want to spend time fixing your hair for the beach ceremony. Remember the sea breeze can be gusty when choosing a hairstyle. 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 formal wedding or church ceremony. 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 can 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.

Clearwater beach family and friends pose for wedding pictures on sand

So, whether you are planning a beach wedding or simply attending one to watch people you love tie the knot, you now have some tips on dressing appropriately, comfortably, and with flair. Contact us for more information on booking a Florida Beach Wedding.

Beach Groom Style Guide

Get your Bruno Mars playlist ready for just a minute and “Put yo pinky finger to the groom.” That’s right, this post is all about the groom: the beach groom to be exact. So beach brides, step aside, and make way for your stylin’ man! Don’t miss out on these must-have looks and tips for styling your Florida beach wedding. 

Beach Groom Style

Whether it’s Boho, classic white wedding, bright and bold, or anywhere in between, you have so many style decisions to make for a beach wedding. The beach atmosphere lends itself to a more simplistic and natural environment for a wedding. However, an affordable beach wedding doesn’t have to look like a cheap beach wedding! You don’t have to sacrifice your particular style. But beach wedding attire should blend with the overall natural, beach vibe which is a little different depending on your location choice of the Gulf coast or east coast. So here a few tips to ensure you beach groom fits right in while keeping his personal touch at your beach wedding in Florida:

  • Weather: So topping the style charts is weather friendliness. Although Florida certainly has it’s cold spells in the winter, the weather is warm-hot 85% of the year. So this topic is most important when considering your beach groom’s attire. Avoid heavy jackets and thick materials (like tweed/wool). And stick with lighter suit/pant colors in the khaki or gray family over black.
  • Black Tie or Beach Tide Affair: So as we just mentioned in the weather point, a full tuxedo is probably not the best choice for your beach wedding. However there are creative ways to get a very polished and traditional ways OR keep it totally laid back and casual. Here is a great groom look from a recent Clearwater Beach Wedding:

Groom Clearwater Beach Wedding saying vows

  • Beach Touch: A starfish boutonniere, nautical tie clip, or accent tropical flower are all great ideas for adding a beachy touch to your beach groom style. Tie in your colors with the blue green waters of the Gulf beaches.
  • Toes in the Sand: Literally. Toes, in the sand. On your wedding day. Bare feet are an easy, affordable 😉 style choice! If ditching the shoes are out, then a classic boat shoe or flip flip will do the job. Avoid traditional dress shoes as they will sink in and fill up with sand faster than you can say “I do.”

Does all the talk about beach grooms- the cufflinks, the vests, the dreamy photos of grooms in ties, have you ready to tie the knot? Click HERE to book your Clearwater Beach Wedding today!