While my friend’s wedding on the beach is at the corner, I decided to test some of my outfits before her wedding day. Surely being a wedding guest is not as stressful as being a bride, but this doesn’t make choosing your wedding outfit any easier. So I put on my maxi tulle skirt, similar to the one I planned to wear at the wedding, grabbed my raffia basket bag and put on wedge espadrilles and went to the beach to test my wedding outfit.
GETTING DRESSED FOR THE WEDDING ON THE BEACH
Honestly, I have never been at the wedding on the beach. As a matter of fact, I have never been to the wedding in my life. So you can imagine how excited I felt when my friend sent me an invitation to her wedding. Well up to the point when I read this will be a beach wedding. You know what I mean. Couldn’t she just get married at the church like our parents and make things easier for my first time. And her too.
Let’s be honest, getting dressed for a beach wedding is not easy at all. You can’t just grab any gown, fancy clutch and stilettos and walk to the beach dressed like that. Not only you would be overdressed, but you would ruin your clothes and shoes, too. Tested!
On the other hand, with the sea view and beach on your mind, you can easily underdress and show up to the beach wedding dressed like you were going for a swim and not to a formal event. Pardon semi-formal.
Anyway, this is not the only problem. Apart from the wedding etiquette, there is a practical part too. Believe me, you don’t want to show up there in the stiletto heels. Tested too! Although I haven’t planned to test my stiletto sandals on the beach, I somehow ended with the sandals in my hand walking down the beach this morning. Anyway, you can find all about my morning at the beach after clubbing in Ljubljana on my Instagram.
WHAT NOT TO WEAR TO THE BEACH WEDDING
First thing, first, before you start planning your wedding outfit make sure you check all the details about the beach. Knowing whether the wedding will be on the sand beach or stone beach is crucial.
Lucky you if the wedding is on the sand beach. You might not be able to wear stilettos, but at least you could wear wedges.
Well, no, you can’t wear wedges to the wedding on the stone beach. Tested! And I almost sprained my ankle.
In short, even if you are a pro when it comes to walking in the heels, heels are off if you are a wedding guest on the stone beach wedding. As said, you can wear wedges to the sand beach, as a matter of fact, this is the best idea if you don’t want to keep taking off your shoes to get rid of the sand all night long. But you can’t wear wedges to the rocky beach like this one in the photos.
As it goes to the wedges, I’m wearing in the photos. You can’t really see, but I’m wearing the same wedges as I wore over here and in my last blog post over here (you know, about the picnic on the beach).
The fancy evening gown or suit is off the list. You will be overdressed in either of both. Besides showing up in long sleeves is not an option for a summer wedding on the beach. Speaking about the ladies outfit of course.
But wait! This doesn’t make the swimsuit appropriate for the event. And no, not even your cotton beach cover up dress. It’s still the wedding we are talking about.
Also, the too long dress is not a great option. It will get full of sand for sure, if not even wet like in my case, after I took off the wedges.
You do know, you shouldn’t wear sunglasses at the wedding, right? Well, at least not during the ceremony. However, health comes before the etiquette, so you can still wear some sunglasses after the ceremony. But only if you really must, plus only if the sunglasses are not too dark. Be sure to read my blog post What to Wear to the Wedding on the Beach (over here) to find what sunglasses I have in mind.
The hat. This one is a tricky one. While a hat is a must at the church wedding, you can’t wear one at the beach wedding not to look inappropriate. You certainly can’t wear the same hat as you would to the church. On the other hand, the beach type of hat, that large straw hat is not an option either. Remeber, this is not a pool party, but a wedding.
Same goes for the bag. You can’t wear the embellished clutch or any shoulder bag nor the big beach bag.
So what can you wear to the beach wedding then? No, I won’t say everything else what is left in your closet. In fact, I’m not saying anything else here. You will find the entire list of what to wear to the wedding on the beach if you are a guest in here. By the way, have you ever been to any wedding this summer? What did you wear?