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.

Instructions

  • 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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