beach wedding
January 2, 2018

What to Wear to an Outdoor Wedding

Attending an event or wedding on the beach or at an outdoor venue and unsure what to wear, especially on your feet? Have no fear, Sparkling Soirées is here to help you keep it classy and comfortable in any location.

Consider the Weather

The biggest “no” for an event on the beach is wearing a dress/skirt that gets carried away in a gust of wind. Although we’d all like to think we can pull off a Marilyn Monroe moment gracefully, most of us would likely experience a more embarrassing incident. A shorter, flowy skirt might sound great, but be sure to wear shorts underneath if there’s any concern.

If rain is a possibility, consider the fabric choice of your dress, and bring a wrap or jacket to prevent any wardrobe malfunctions.

Although beach and outdoor weddings can be more casual, make sure to check the invite to confirm. Some outdoor venues are quite elegant and some of these weddings will be black-tie, so you’ll need to dress accordingly.

Shoe Shopping

Wearing heels will only have you sinking into sand, grass, or loose dirt. Consider flats, dressy sandals, or even wedges if you are feeling confident. Be comfortable and remember if there is sand or dirt, new shoes, or anything you’re not okay with having to clean up a bit later, may not be the best idea. If need be, bring an extra pair of dressier shoes to wear to the reception if its indoors.

*Story Time*

A guest attending a wedding at a rustic yet beautiful barn approached me during the reception. After confirming I was the event coordinator, I asked if there was anything I could help with. I was surprised to hear a lengthy complaint about the thin layer of dust on the guest’s shoes. While the bride had disclosed the conditions of the property on her wedding website, advising guests what to wear, this particular guest would have preferred a reminder on the invitation itself.

You can never please everyone, but as a guest or a member of the bridal party, remember to be cautious of the conditions of the property and try to communicate any suggestions clearly. Some couples choose to offer flip flops at the ceremony or reception for guests to be comfortable in, so if your property is more challenging, you may want to consider a basket of various sized flip flops as an option for your guests.