Choosing what you and your bridal party will wear for your beach destination is just as important as planning the rest of the occasion.
As you prepare for your beach destination wedding, it is easy to get caught up in all of the plans for the ceremony and reception. You already have to worry about catering, décor, floral arrangements, and a cake. Also, a destination wedding calls for more planning for your guests, since they are traveling from all over the world to be with you on the island of your choice. Making sure they are accommodated and comfortable by booking their rooms and sending them favors and gift baskets can be another time-consuming task. After all, you want to make them feel special, right?
Aside from these necessities, choosing what you and your bridal party will wear is another responsibility you must take on as a bride. Although it may seem like a simple aspect of planning, choosing the proper attire for a beach destination wedding takes some very careful thought and consideration on your part. You will need to choose gowns and tuxes that are comfortable and suitable for a beach environment, but you will also need to choose changes of clothes, or secondary outfits that you or your bridal party may need to change into as the event progresses.
To make sure you select attire for yourself and your bridal party that is both stylish and functional for the beach, consider short cocktail dresses for your bridesmaids. You can even go for an all-out retro or vintage theme and choose a cocktail bridal gown for yourself as well. They are very in vogue and look fabulous with a sexy birdcage veil. For the groom and his men, consider lightweight cotton suits, or have them forego suit jackets all together; instead having them wear only the dress shirts with their sleeves rolled up and a lightweight pair of slacks.
Also, make sure everyone in the bridal party has shorts and footwear with fair traction for possible rocky areas on the beach. If you have a train on your gown, be sure to have a full proof bustle design that will keep the train safely off the ground and out of the dirt and sand. Since short gowns are not for every bride, if you prefer more formal attire but still need gowns that are suitable for the beach, consider simple, formal gowns, but allow your bridesmaids to wear stylish flip-flops or other comfortable footwear. Basically, anything that you can wear on your feet that is more casual will allow you to be more comfortable in the sand, so try to compromise on the footwear if you insist on more formal attire.