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beachweddingHave you just opened up an invitation to learn that you’ are invited to a beach ceremony?  If you don’t live someplace tropical, it may also leave you scratching your head wondering what to wear to a beach wedding?

There are a few ground rules you should follow in order to look great, remain comfortable, yet formal enough for this non-traditional wedding.

Guys attire is simple, but no shorts– ever!  It’ is not appropriate unless it explicitly says so on the invitation.  Consider wearing light colored linen pants and a linen button down shirt.

Ladies attire requires a bit more thought: While black attire looks completely chic, it also conducts heat so if you are attending a ceremony in a tropical environment; you may find yourself completely cooked!

Colors like aquamarine blue, turquoise, sand, terra cotta, fuchsia, lime green, tangerine, and even sunflower are all unique but appropriate tones.  You may also wish to wear a pattern or print in these bright hues.  Polka dots, stripes, and bold floral prints are all great options.

Light fabrics that do not cling to the body are best.  Materials like linen, chiffon, organza, and even cotton blends or lace are light but can still look luxurious. There is nothing worse than sweat marks on the back and front of a gown.

Long dresses will drag in the sand, and short dresses could be blown up by an unexpected warm ocean breeze, so be prepared, and opt for a tea-length, loose-fitting sundress.

Remember that ‘too hot’ is not the only consideration.  If the ceremony or reception is taking place during the evening, bring a light-weight shawl to wrap around yourself in case some cool air moves in from the coast.

Regarding footwear, wear shoes that you can easily slip on and off.  Flip flops or sandals are a great option as long as they’’re on the nicer/dressier side.  Never wear pumps!   You will be shocked at how difficult it is to walk in the sand, and you’ll also risk destroying those $400 Jimmy Choo’s!  Additionally, since you’re wearing open-toe shoes, remember to get a pedi!

One final tip: consider tucking a white washcloth in your purse for perspiration issues.  It’s surprising how many people we see at beach weddings, that have pieces of paper napkin on their faces!

I hope you found these tips helpful, and by all means, make sure to enjoy yourself at the wedding!