Life's a beach
What to wear for a beach wedding? Well, if we assume that the sun is shining, the sea is murmuring in the background and the atmosphere is outdoor and relaxed, it's a very different scenario from the traditional indoor church ceremony. There might be a band hired to play to the guests, some dancing, a beach barbie. So beach wedding outfits can't be tight and constricted, shoes must be light and easy to walk in, and concessions must be made to the fresh-air ambience.
What could be prettier than a floaty, bias-cut sleeveless dress in silk, satin, chiffon or cotton? (We don't see many British brides doing a Pamela Anderson and getting wed in a bikini, although if you've got it, flaunt it!) With a light and breezy dress, you don't need much more than a gorgeous straw hat or a wreath of flowers in your hair. If you're a hippie chick, go for pretty flip-flops.The diamante wedding toe post sandal would be just perfect . If you want something a little more substantial, check out our opera wedding shoes, ballet wedding slippers, flat court wedding shoes, flat mule wedding shoes or flat sandal wedding shoes - all easy to walk in and available in white, ivory or the colour of your choice if you choose to dye. (If your dress is lilac, your shoes can be too!)
Your bridesmaids don't need to be formally dressed either - they could wear beach wedding outfits of similar light shift dresses, and if the sun's out and the sky's blue, the colours can be stronger than the usual British pastel palette. Imagine your bridesmaids all in sunny yellow, or vibrant blue, or coral pink. Alternatively, go for white or ivory, always cool and classy choices. If you have some little bridesmaids and want to go for all-out pretty, take a look at our range of children's bridesmaid's dresses.
How about the men in the beach wedding party? It's all very well for the ladies to look elegant and cool in flowing fabrics, but the pictures will be spoilt with a sweaty groom or bright red father of the bride! Encourage the men to wear natural fabrics that will let their skin breathe, cotton, linen or even silk are popular choices. Do away with formality and let them leave the ties at home, and keep their shirts loose to catch the breeze. Whatever they decide it may be worth just having a quiet word to ensure they have given their feet some loving attention. If they are keeping cool by wearing sandals, and why shouldn't they, you don't want them to be displaying unkempt toenails or worse!
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