When the invitation says “Beach Formal” or sometimes can also be a “Beach Casual” – depending on the formality of the wedding – basically the invite calls for easy, relaxed and breezy outfit, yet appropriate enough to show respect to the happy couple. Be sure to keep in mind that it is an outdoor event, and anything can happen with the weather. Learn “Wedding Guest Attire: What to Wear to a Wedding (Part 3)” to know more about wedding guest tips for an outdoor venue.
When it comes to color and style, although you may go with neutral colors such as black, navy, or beige, vibrant colors and pastels for both men and women will look wonderful in this type of wedding. Light blues, reds, bright yellows, violets or corals are appropriate in formal shirts, ties and breezy sundress.
If you are invited to a Beach Formal wedding, be sure to keep the style of your dress formal, while your makeup and hair can be natural, along with pretty accessories such as woven clutch, wide brim hat, and embellished wedges. Don’t forget to bring your sunscreen if needed, as well as sunnies for eye protection, and a wrap (or light cardigan) if the ocean breeze picks up – these last items are certainly important for all types of beach wedding.
The safe bet for girls can be a comfortable maxi, a formal summer sundress, or a cute summer shift with a splash of bright jewelry. However, you can also opt for a beachy-but-elegant skirt with chic tee, and make the look a little bit dressier with some dazzling accessories. As for guys, an elegant linen, or crisp cotton shirt, a summer suit or sport blazer in a madras or seersucker or linen would fit well here. Although tie is not required, but some of the lovely tropical print ties would certainly look wonderful, just be sure to wear them with a shirt with a full length sleeve.
Net A Porter : Matthew Williamson Electro Leopard Printed Jersey Maxi Dress (£495) / Needle & Thread Aura Chiffon and Satin Maxi Dress (£185) / Saloni Lisa draped Swiss-dot Chiffon Maxi Dress (£335) / Saloni Irina Swiss-dot Chiffon Maxi Dress (£395)
ASOS : Ginger Fizz Maxi Dress ($86) / Mono Floral High Neck Maxi ($81) / Goldie Over Exposed Maxi Dress ($106) / Embellished Back Maxi Dress ($93)
bebe : Print Draped Maxi Dress ($139) / Striped Hi-Lo Dress ($99) / Striped Maxi Dress ($99) / Surplice Hi-Lo Maxi Dress ($129) bebe : Petite Print Maxi Dress ($198) / Pleated Hi-Lo Dress ($159) House Of Fraser : Eliza J Sleeveless Chiffon Floral Midi (£95) / Ted Baker Calipso Butterfly Print Maxi (£209) / Chi Chi London Halterneck Maxi (£58) / Little Mistress Sleeveless Racer Print (£72)
Little Black Dress : Aftershock London Tejla Halterneck Print Dress (£29.45) / Jarlo Siobhan Dress in Lilac (£83.95) / Miss Patina Her Grace Floral Print Dress (£49.80) / Aftershock London Tatan Dress (£32.95) Nordstrom : BCBGMAXAZRIA ‘Shaina’ Pleated Georgette Popover Gown ($398) / Tracy Reese Print Silk Maxi Dress ($498) / Amsale ‘Amore’ Print Silk Chiffon Gown ($370) / Alice + Olivia ‘Dee’ Print T-Back Midi Dress ($330)
Nordstrom : BCBGMAXAZRIA Pleated Georgette & Lace Gown ($498) / Lush Tulip Hem Maxi Dress ($42) / Eliza J Belted Floral Chiffon Maxi Dress ($158) / Eliza J Scarf Print Woven Maxi Dress ($158)
For a Beach Casual wedding, the ladies can go more casual with sandals instead of wedges, a tunic dress a pretty light skirt, a short flowy sundress can be a perfect match, or a beachy look with linen or cotton shirt paired with nice pants, such as palazzo pants with cute print. As for guys, a festive ivory or tan linen suit, a cotton short-sleeved shirt or button down, or a tasteful tropical printed shirt can be paired with white or khaki pants or Bermuda shorts along with loafers and no socks