What To Wear To A Wedding On The Beach (Maxi Dress & A Wide Brimmed Hat)

Beach wedding guest outfit
Beach wedding guest outfit
Beach hat, bag & flip flops
Beach wedding guest outfit
Beach wedding guest outfit
Beach wedding guest outfit
Beach wedding guest outfit
Wedding Week at Not Dressed As Lamb continues with my second outfit: What To Wear To A Beach Wedding. Now I’m not the necessarily the best person to judge as I’ve never been to a beach wedding before, but I did a little research online and found a few good tips and some great outfits as inspiration. Some of those tips for what to wear to a beach wedding were:

  1. If you prefer to wear heels to make your legs look longer (like me), wear a maxi so you can get away with no heels on the beach
  2. If flats are totally out of the question, consider flip flops with a wedge – height for your legs and practical for sand
  3. Floaty fabrics will be most comfortable in the heat
  4. A wide-brimmed hat will keep harsh sun off your face and shoulders
  5. Wear a pair of fabulous, statement sunglasses
  6. Don’t forget… slap on the sunscreen – that’s your most important accessory!

This dress is one I bought a few weeks ago in anticipation of some warm summer sun, which hasn’t happened yet in the UK (check out my goose bumps in the photos)…! But it seemed the perfect dress for a beach wedding – colourful, quite unusual and almost certainly a one-off (i.e. it won’t also be worn by another guest) as it was from designer resale boutique Grace & Ted in Bath. It was begging to be accessorised with a fabulous wide-brimmed hat (perfect for the sun), lots of bangles, over the top sunnies – I simply went all-out beach style. I think my number one aim as a wedding guest is to avoid being dressed the same as anyone else, so hopefully this outfit would hit the mark in that sense!

Wedding Week will continue on Friday with another outfit post: What To Wear To A Town Register Office Wedding. Think smart, sophisticated, and stylish.

Don’t forget my MASSIVE wedding-themed giveaway: £250 to spend at Damsel in a Dress. Perfect for buying a complete wedding guest outfit – click below to go to the giveaway post!

Damsel in a Dress Giveaway

I’m linking this post up to IFB Project #98: What’s Your Summer Style – it’s taken ages to get any sunny weather in the UK, so an outfit post taken in full sunlight has been a rare thing in 2013…!

Catherine x

Shop my look! Items marked* are the actual items, if still available:

Dress: One-off from designer resale boutique Grace & Ted, Hat: Reiss*, Belt: Asos*, Bag: Debenhams*, Sunglasses: Asos, Earrings: Unknown, Flip flops: Debenhams, Gold band ring: Asos* (part of set), Lightning ring: Asos, Spike bracelet: Asos*, Nails: Chanel Peridot*

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  5. 9 June 2013 / 2:42 pm

    Your alternatives to wearing heels are brilliant I never thought of wearing a maxi and flats to add some length to my petite frame! Great tips!

    I have a few weddings coming up this year and have always wondered, is it a faux pax to wear the same color dress as the bridesmaids in the wedding party? Should we make it a point to find out the wedding colors and stay away from those colors when getting dressed?

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  6. 4 June 2013 / 1:55 am

    The statement glasses really are the item that brings it all together!

  7. 3 June 2013 / 12:33 am

    Lovely outfit for a beach wedding!

  8. 1 June 2013 / 12:28 pm

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  9. 31 May 2013 / 7:20 pm

    I agree that wedges or flats are a must for a beach wedding. Last summer I wore a really great pair (similar to these: lace up wedges and got tons of compliments on them and was perfectly comfortable in the sand!

  10. 30 May 2013 / 9:12 pm

    Great outfit, love your maxi dress with your hat and red bag 🙂

  11. 30 May 2013 / 3:07 pm

    Hope, one time I'll get a beach wedding invitation. I'd love to wear this gorgeous look!

    Lady of Style

    • 30 May 2013 / 4:35 pm

      I don't know that I'll get a beach wedding invite anytime soon, Annette, but it would be nice!! Thank you my lovely x

  12. 30 May 2013 / 3:11 am

    I love all the textures in this look!

    • 30 May 2013 / 4:34 pm

      I keep forgetting how detailed it is, Natasha! Thank you my dear xx

  13. 29 May 2013 / 3:36 pm

    Gorgeous beach wedding look! I would love this outfit for about ten months a year in Florida. : )

    • 30 May 2013 / 4:33 pm

      If I had 10 DAYS in a year that were warm enough to wear it that would be a miracle, Patti…!!! Thank you xx

  14. 29 May 2013 / 3:17 pm

    Hello my dear!
    Nice photos!
    I love the dress!
    And the bracelets are so cute!
    have a fab day!

  15. 29 May 2013 / 3:16 pm

    I love this print and would wear it in a heart beat!! Catherine, you would look amazing in the dress I am currently giving away…please come over and put your name in the hat to win. Have a wonderful day…this truly is a great look!

    • 30 May 2013 / 4:32 pm

      Oh that sounds so lovely to be going to Miami, Megan!!! Thank you hun, and for the follow x

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