Many couples dream of a destination wedding; who doesn’t want to have their wedding in a beautiful place and enjoy an incredible vacation afterward? Destination weddings can also be amazing for the wedding guests. They often choose to stay a few days and enjoy the getaway. But what do you wear to a destination wedding? Does it need to be as formal as a wedding you might have in a church or other fancy location at home? Should there still be a formal dress code?
What to wear to a destination wedding can vary depending on the location and theme of the wedding. And the dress code that’s up to the couple getting married, but many opt for a more casual dress code, especially if it’s a beach wedding.
As the couple getting married, you get to dictate the dress code to your wedding guests. But how do you decide the dress code when you’re having a destination wedding? Here are some things to keep in mind:
The dress code should be appropriate for the location of the wedding. For example, a black-tie dress code may not be suitable for a beach wedding, while casual attire may not be appropriate for a formal wedding at a hotel.
Consider the climate when choosing the dress code, as this can significantly impact your and your guests’ comfort. If the wedding is in a hot and humid location, guests will appreciate a more relaxed dress code that allows for lightweight fabrics and comfortable shoes.
The time of day the wedding can also impact what people should wear, even if you plan to get married in a tropical location. For example, a daytime beach wedding may call for more casual attire. In contrast, an evening wedding at a resort may be more suitable for formal attire.
If the wedding has a specific theme, the dress code should reflect it. The location can also impact the feel of a wedding, similar to having a theme. For example, a rustic-themed wedding (in a barn or open field) may call for more casual attire, while a garden wedding may call for more formal attire.
When deciding the best wedding attire for your destination, there are a few things you want to consider. You want the pictures to look great, and you want to be comfortable. So, consider all the points above when deciding what to wear on your wedding day.
If you wear a princess-style wedding dress or a tuxedo, you may want your guests to adhere to a formal dress code. If you’re focused on a theme, feel, or general feeling, it is better to be comfortable than formal; a casual dress code is ideal. Since beach weddings are the most popular we will discuss more specifically what to wear for a beach destination wedding in the next sections.
Another thing to consider is local cultural practices. Depending on your wedding destination, there may be certain expectations about what you can and cannot wear to a wedding to be respectful.
For a beach wedding, the attire should be comfortable, stylish, and appropriate for the location. Generally what’s considered a formal beach wedding is much more casual than weddings in other locations.
Beach wedding outfit for the groom:
Beach wedding outfit for the bride:
Beach wedding outfit for both:
Typically, beach weddings are more casual, but that depends on where the wedding reception is being held. If the reception is on the beach, this tends to be the least formal setting and guests wear casual beach wedding attire. However, if the reception is held at the resort in the evening the dress code may be more formal.
Attending a destination wedding and trying to decide what to wear? Here are some general guidelines to follow when picking your wedding attire:
Here are some specific suggestions for beach wedding guest attire:
Overall, guests should aim to dress comfortably and appropriately for the beach location while respecting the dress code and style of the wedding – beach formal? Or dressy casual?
The dress code is up to the couple getting married to decide. However, beach wedding attire typically features bright colors, light fabrics appropriate for the heat, and semi-formal accessories. For example, dress pants or chinos with a light button down, a jumpsuit or dressy romper, or a mid-length semi-formal dress.
Avoid denim and cotton t-shirts; you probably don’t want to wear black. Only wear shorts or sandals if the invite specifically says it’s a casual dress code.
Yes! A floral print outfit (it doesn’t necessarily have to be a dress) can be an appropriate and stylish choice for a wedding. A maxi dress with a floral pattern or a flowery sundress is perfect for a beach wedding, especially if it’s casual.
Opt for sandals over heels. But if you’re set on wearing heels, the best route is block heels, especially if the wedding happens on the sand.
Now that you have a better idea of what to wear to a destination wedding, it’s time to go shopping!
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