What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a beach wedding? Casual, simple, and relaxed are some of the ways you could describe a wedding reception at the beach. That is why it might be best to ditch the heels and the big dress. In fact, you might even want to ditch the veil as well. The only thing that could go wrong about beach wedding attire is being overdressed. Let’s help you avoid that with these useful style ideas.

Tips for the Bride

The key to looking great on your wedding is to choose a dress to flatter your body type. While a beach wedding requires that you choose a lightweight material, your choice of design could make or break your wedding look. If your body is shaped like a pear, for instance, sheath gowns and pleats could be unflattering for you. Instead, go for halter necks and off-shoulder dresses that will highlight your upper body.

A bride with a V-shaped body will want to avoid puffed sleeves and cowl-neck dresses or tight-fitting skirts. Dresses with cinched waists, V-necks, or A-cuts would look great for this body type. Full-figured brides could also go for such designs and even draw attention from heavy arms using long-sleeved dresses. If you have an hourglass-shaped body, you could rock mermaid gowns and tight-fitting skirts that will hug your body in all the right places.

Tips for the Groom

A beach wedding is a perfect occasion for a groom to pair tailored shorts and summer blazers with derby shoes or boat shoes. For a funky look, you could add a fun bow tie or quirky cufflinks. Linen pants in either black or beige would be perfect to pull off a classic yet casual look. Maybe you could add a Panama hat or a woven pork pie hat to finish the look.

As you can see, there are endless possibilities to style yourself for a beach wedding. Check out the full beach wedding infographic below for more tips and ideas on how to look perfect for your dream wedding at the beach.