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How To Dress For a Beach Wedding

Nothing is more romantic than the sea breeze in your hair and sand between your toes when you say "I do." Nothing, that is, except looking equally dreamy.


  • TIP: Outfit the bridesmaids and groomsmen with sea-themed accessories, like broaches or shell boutonnieres.
  • Step 1: Have coordinating blazers for the grooms and wraps for the maids and have guests bring them for chilly evening weather.
  • FACT: The aptly named Long Beach, Washington, is the longest natural beach in the U.S., stretching 28 miles.
  • Step 2: Dress the bridesmaids in pretty, informal, printed sundresses. Strapless, A-line dresses are a popular choice.
  • Step 3: Wear lighter suits if you are the groom or a groomsman. White or light colored linen or khaki work for any beach locale. Skip the jacket if it's too hot.
  • Step 4: Look for a veil with small anchors sewn into the end to avoid snafus caused by beach breezes.
  • TIP: You can skip the veil altogether and put a large, tropical flower in your hair.
  • Step 5: Wear whimsical footwear, such as strappy sandals flip-flops with beaded shell embellishments. Even if you go barefoot at the ceremony, you'll probably want to don sandals for the reception.
  • Step 6: Choose a gown with understated elegance, minimal embellishment, and a slim silhouette in a light fabric such as cotton, chiffon, or organza to match the informal feel of the al fresco setting.

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