A beach is a romantic wedding setting that many brides choose in their attempt to benefit from a magical atmosphere on their wedding day. The only problem is that such a wedding location can prove to be a challenge for the guests especially if the beach themed wedding is combined with formal outfits. In such a case, the guests will have to look hard for attires that are compatible with both the beach and the formal style.
Before starting to shop for the formal beach wedding you’ve been invited to you should get some explanations from the bridal party because in the case of beach weddings formal doesn’t usually mean the same thing as in the case of traditional church weddings. In some cases, the bride and the groom choose to attach the word “formal” to the word “beach” in order to make sure that none of their guests comes dressed in Bermuda shorts or an awful Hawaiian shirt.
After you understand what formal truly means you should try to choose an ensemble that’s comfortable and in the same time elegant. When going to a formal beach wedding you need to make sure, just like in the case of any other type of wedding, you are neither overdressed nor underdressed. To find the middle way you should consider classic outfits made of fabrics compatible with the beach environment. An example is linen which should be your first choice.
When it comes to color, you should consider only light shades because we are talking about a summer wedding on the beach so black or other dark colors are definitely inappropriate. You can even choose white if the cut and the style of the outfit you choose aren’t sophisticated enough to compete with the outfit chosen by the bride. If you are choosing a dress you should just make sure it’s not too long or capable of easily flowing especially if the weather forecast says that winds will be hitting the beach. If you choose such an outfit for a windy beach wedding day you might end up feeling uncomfortable.
When attending a formal beach wedding you also need to pay attention to the footwear you choose. That’s because you will be walking on sand which is known to be a source of problems when it comes to walking especially if you don’t have the right shoes. The main idea is that you need to stay away from heels and opt for sandals that you can easily take off when you reach the sand and put back on after the ceremony finishes.
Nowadays, weddings have become less formal affairs that care less about tradition and more about your imagination. That’s why many couples prefer to plan their wedding on tropical beaches and have a simple and intimate ceremony. If you are one of the guests invited at such a beach wedding and you don’t have any idea what to wear, you should know that the list of dresses compatible with the event is actually not short at all. You can choose full-length dresses, patterned or plain models or strapless creations. Here are only a few examples of quality dresses that one should consider wearing at a wedding scheduled to take place on the beach.
My first suggestion is a knee-length dress designed by Jenny Packham. This gold asymmetric dress is made of quality soft jersey and comes with a scoop neckline adorned with beautiful beaded applications and asymmetric tucks. The waist is nicely accentuated by a waterfall ruffle on the front left side, which is accentuated with the help of a gorgeous beaded detail. This dress can definitely impress everyone at the wedding because it will highlight your slim silhouette.
Another stunning beach dress that you should check out is the strapless Coral dress which catches your attention with a sassy style. It’s a semi-formal dress which costs only $89 and is definitely worth every penny. Made of soft material, this gorgeous dress has a sweetheart neckline enriched with Rhinestone crystals and an Empire waist which is nicely accentuated by a ribbon. The rich and draped skirt is knee-length and simply flows on your body.
You should also consider the evening gown designed by Morgan & Co which comes with an elegant design and a high neck halter. It has floor length and impresses with a charcoal color and Rhinestones that adorn the studded halter neckline. This dress also features a folded bust and an Empire waist. The skirt flows down to the floor and manages to flatter any body. You have the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of colors and wear this dress at a beach wedding or on any special occasion.
The Short One Shoulder dress signed by La Femme should also be on your list of dresses to wear at a beach wedding. This dress is made of high quality chiffon and is short (above the knee). It also comes with a one shoulder strap and an Empire waist which is accentuated by a satin ribbon that ends in a delicate bow on the front-right side of the dress. The layered skirt with flutter hem completes the look.
Nowadays, weddings involve more than booking a church, wearing white and saying “I do”. You have to plan your wedding in the smallest details, starting with the wedding style and the location and ending with the menu and of course the wedding dress. However, not only the bride needs to take tough decisions regarding her dream wedding. The guests also need to take decisions based on the wedding style announced. However, neither the bride nor the wedding guests should panic because nowadays you have the opportunity to easily find professional help that makes it easy to choose the best outfit for a specific wedding style.
For instance, if you have the pleasure to attend a beach or bohemian wedding you should definitely choose something that falls in the beach/bohemian trend. That’s why you should consider the Debenhams outfits created for this special type of wedding. These outfits are designed by various designers who know how to make you blend with the crowd but stand out in the same time in a stunning evening dress. I personally recommend you to check out the Jenny Packham gold satin dress available for $211 and in various sizes. This elegant dress comes with a cowl neckline, asymmetric drapes and gold diamantes that embellish the waist. For this dress you can purchase matching accessories that will complete your beach/bohemian look: scarf, flip flops and jewelry.
If you are invited to a modern wedding you should buy a dress that’s impressive because of its creativity. In this case you should opt for a black Betty Jackson dress which impresses with a v-neckline and an asymmetric drape. This dress is perfect for covering the imperfections of your body and works not only for a city/modern wedding, but also for any other occasion. Available for $86, this dress stands out from the crowd, especially if you match it with the gorgeous Ivory slingback shoes from Debenhams and a proper handbag.
A vintage/country wedding is another place where any guest can shine. For instance if you choose the Plum built-up strap dress created by one of the Debenhams designers you will definitely wow every wedding guest. Made of chiffon with a deep V-neck and open back, this dress fits perfectly on any body. This dress is available in various colors and also features a pleat banded waist and a gorgeous skirt. The design of this dress is completed by straps with a bow shoulder finish. If you want to look stunning at a country wedding you should definitely buy this dress which is available for $133.
Does the wedding invitation say something about how you should dress for a beach wedding? If not, you can wear whatever you want, just take into account that a beach wedding usually takes place in a hot atmosphere. So if you don't want to dehydrate because of the clothes you will wear, you should choose only light outfits. This is available for men and ladies as well.
However, if the invitation clearly states ‘black tie’, it means that the couple has planned a formal wedding. It doesn't matter if the wedding will be organized on the beach, because it can still be formal. This is a common mistake that many guests do when they are invited to beach weddings; they assume that the beach is the place for organizing an informal wedding, and in most cases, they go dressed in bathing suits or very relaxed clothes. But when the wedding invitation says ‘black tie’, things are clear: a man should wear a tuxedo (not a suit) and a woman should wear an elegant cocktail dress.
If the invitation says ‘casual’, wedding guests should wear only casual outfits. It is not appropriate to be invited to a casual beach wedding and appear in a long and exquisite dress, enhanced by Swarovski crystals, and accessorized by a unique pair of shoes created by a famous designer. If you are invited to a casual wedding, you can wear shorts, jeans, long pants, a summer sundress or a skirt and a lovely top. Makeup and hair should be as natural as possible.
This is available not only for men and ladies, but also for children. You should not dress up your little girl as a princess when going to a beach wedding, if the wedding invitation does not say ‘formal’ or ‘white tie’. And even when it does, you should not transform your kid into a doll; children should keep their innocence untouched by glamorous outfits and looks.
There are many people out there who seem to have a little problem with choosing the right attire for a wedding, when they are invited as guests and that is only because they are not aware of the fact that there is a wedding guest etiquette which they need to follow.
Although most rules are usually tacit agreements between the bride, the groom and their wedding guests, some people need to read it somewhere to know that going to a wedding dressed improperly is not only ugly, but also disrespectful. This is the main reason for which people should take their time whenever they are invited to a wedding and they should ask the advice of a professional if they do not know what to wear.
Usually, guests can take a hint into what they can wear to a wedding because on the wedding invitations is stated the type of attire they have to wear. If there is no such thing on the invitation, here is what you can do to decide upon what to wear. For one, you need to look closely to the wedding invitation to determine what type of event you are going to take part in. if the wedding invitation is fancy and written with very solemn characters, you are surely going to attend a formal wedding, if not, it is sure a casual one.
Another important detail is whether the wedding is going to be during the day or during the night, as you need to wear different style of dresses for a day wedding in comparison to a night wedding. Anyway, if the wedding is a formal one and during the day, you will have to choose between wearing a sober suit, which is also quite elegant and feminine and a little black dress. Black dresses are always welcomed to formal weddings and this is the way in which you never fail. If the wedding is during the night, a long black dress, combined with the right shoes and accessories will do the trick.
In what concerns casual weddings, things are a little easier, as a woman usually has the liberty of choosing the clothes she wants to wear. However, you need to keep in mind that people who show up at a wedding wearing too much lace or too little material in their dress are frowned upon. This also happens to people who decide to wear a white dress to a wedding. This is not only rude, but you will also get a chance at upsetting the bride, who is the only one who should wear white during her wedding day.
There are many people out there who do not know that there is an etiquette that the guests of a wedding need to follow and most people end up breaking every rule in the book for one reason or another. Either way, regardless of the type of mistake they do, people who have no idea about this guest etiquette end up doing something wrong with or without their knowledge.
For instance, one of the most common mistakes done is related to the attire people decide to use for weddings. There are many people who do not know how to dress for a wedding and they think that if they are wearing a suite or whatever dress, anything is suitable for the event. There are many things that need to be taken into account when you are looking for your wedding guest dress and one of these things is the type of wedding you are going to attend, because if the wedding is a formal one, you will surely not go dressed as for a casual wedding and vice versa.
Anyway, the most common mistake women do when it comes to their attire for a wedding is to dress in white. Although it is not a rule written anywhere, it is a tacit agreement made between the bride and her wedding guests, who are not allowed to wear white to the wedding. This day is usually the day of the bride and she needs to stand out and she can do that by being the only one wearing white. Given that most women chose to wear a white wedding dress, it is quite improper for the guests to come dressed in white.
There is an exception, though. There are many couples who have this idea in their mind of having all their guests dressed in white for their wedding and this is the only moment in which a woman can wear a white dress with white shoes to a wedding where she is a guest. Otherwise, if you have a white dress which matches a nice pair of white shoes which you have never had the opportunity of wearing, you can ask the bride if she is okay with your wearing those clothes. Although she may say yes, pay attention at the way she says it. Women can sometimes be to shy to tell people what they think and a bride will never want to hurt her guests’ feelings and this is the reason for which she could say yes. In order to avoid any problem, you would better change your outfit.
Your wedding day is going to be something very special, something unique. The theme is not quite unusual, it is a country themed wedding you are planning, but all the moments you are thinking of are going to be superb and beautiful. That is because you simply do not like dull events into your life.
Now, since you have planned these unique things for the wedding, from the decorations to music, you are now thinking of having an unusual guest book for all your friends and family to sign as well. You would like to incorporate the wedding guest book in the theme of the wedding, so what this might be? You do not want a book with some country symbol on it. You really want something different.
To help you with your problem, I think you will like this idea: a bench wedding guest book for guests to sign. It is not quite an original thought, it is not my idea and there are plenty of other couples to have used it, but you can become creative and make it your special wedding guest book at your wedding.
For example, you could ask a friend to make you this bench or if no friend of yours can do it, you can try to do it yourself. As this person here did it, you can ask for the help of the bridesmaids to make it even more personal. If still this is not quite a fit idea for you, then simply order a bench of your liking.
In order to let your guests know that this bench they see only as a decoration at the wedding site is for them to sign, you could make a nice sign that goes with the theme. So, on a piece of lumber shaped like an arrow you could write: ‘Please Sign. Advice Needed’. Provide special markers in a paint can, for a rustic look; after the wedding seal the writing with wood varnish, almost transparent, and you will have a long lasting useful memory of your wedding.
Not only this, but this bench wedding guest book for guests to sign will also make the guests enjoy the idea, enjoy themselves and so write their nicest thoughts and advice to you. Which is what you want for them to write, isn’t it?