Beach weddings are in vogue, and nowadays many couples are opting for weddings in the pristine white beaches of exotic locales. They are fun and unconventional, and are different from the usual church/indoor ceremonies.
Exchanging vows with a breathtaking view is definitely exciting, but as much as everyone is thrilled about going to such a wedding, choosing that perfect outfit can be quite tricky. Usually, the dress code is mentioned on the invitation, whether it's a black tie or formal, semi-formal, beach formal or casual occasion. Which means, you need to pick a dress according to the dress code mentioned in the invite.
Black tie events beg you to go glam! So if the invitation states a black tie or formal attire, it is most often a glamorous evening wedding. You can up your glamor quotient and opt for formal evening gowns and cocktail dresses. Donning an evening dress in dark colors like navy blue, burgundy, aubergine and emerald green, will look elegant and sophisticated. For a more glamorous look, choose a floor-length formal gown with a little bit of sequins to get that dazzling effect. Choose a long goddess-like Grecian dress if you are not too comfortable with body-hugging styles. Do not wear white or any shades of ivory (it is simply impolite). Add accessories like colorful beads or dramatic jewelry to keep it fun, yet classy. For hairstyling, you can try a French twist or a chignon, as these give a more polished and neat look. And let's not forget it's a beach wedding, so wear colors, and reserve the black for the guys.
When the invitation request is for a semi formal attire, you can opt for cocktail dresses that are almost formal. Wear statement jewelry to tone it down and keep it fun without looking too formal. For weddings that are taking place in the daytime, choose something that isn't too heavy. Fabrics like chiffon and georgette in pastel colors will work well. For an evening wedding, pick a dress in a bold color with a slightly shorter hemline.
Prints should be avoided, as a semi-formal attire asks for chic rather than sweet. However, avoid wearing too tight or too short dresses, as this will make you feel uncomfortable. A peplum dress or a Grecian dress in a jewel tone will look really chic. Pair it with red lips and smokey eyes, for that extra oomph!
Beach formal indicates that it's an outdoor wedding. For invites like this, you need to keep some things into consideration, like the weather and time. Beaches will be sunny, so wearing a flowy sundress in lighter natural fabrics like cotton and chiffon will be an excellent choice. You can also wear an ankle-length kaftan dress or a knee-length sheath dress.
A strapless high-low flowy dress in bright colors will look just as elegant. Do not wear heavy fabrics like silk, but opt for a softer fabric. If you are planning to wear something flowy, make sure it's not too short, as the beach can be windy, and you don't want to end up holding your dress from flying all the time. Makeup and hair will add to the look, so keep it minimal and natural. You can definitely experiment with your hair with pretty French braids or a loose updo. For footwear, flat gladiators or rhinestone sandals will finish the look. Avoid flip-flops, they are way too casual.
For a beach casual look, you can go for relaxed chic (but definitely not shorts and a Tee). A pretty printed or plain sundress, light as air, will look great. You can even wear a fitted skirt and a floaty blouse. For colors, think of light pastels and neutral shades. Team it with dainty flower or shell jewelry for a natural beach-type look.
As for the footwear, you can choose to go barefoot or wear flat sandals. Makeup should be kept minimalistic, although a little blush is always welcome. Leave your hair open, or you can also tie it into a pony for a casual look. You can also carry a sun hat. Finally, don't forget to slather on some sunscreen.
If the invite doesn't specify any dress code, you can opt for a semi-casual look, or you can always check with the bride or bridesmaid for the relevant information, and then make your choice accordingly.