The sun, the sea, the sand…who doesn’t love a beach wedding? The casual and laid back atmosphere of a beach wedding is hard to beat, but dressing appropriately for one can be a nightmare in disguise. It can be difficult to tread the line between casual and formal, and dressing for weather we aren’t always used to can be a challenge. So we’ve decided to give you a helping hand: here are our top tips for what to wear to a beach wedding.

Keep it light

It’s easy to assume that a beach wedding is the same as a wedding anywhere else; but beach weddings come with do’s and don’ts of their own. Make sure you stick to light colours; and if you want to add dark accessories, make sure they don’t overpower the rest of the outfit. Pale blues, creams, whites and tans are essentials for any beach wedding: keeping your clothes lightly coloured will help to reflect the heat and keep you feeling (and looking) cool. Remember your sunglasses and sun cream too: no-one wants to be lobster-red come wedding photo time!

Pick your shoes wisely

We all know one of the worst things about beaches: sand gets everywhere. Men’s footwear isn’t always perfectly suited to the beach: so ditch the shiny wedding shoes and go for a more practical, casual pair. We love our handcrafted Loake 521 boat shoes, which tread the line between smart and casual, seamlessly blending into either look: they’re an investment that will stick around long after the wedding day.

Don’t be afraid to mix it up

Just because the wedding is beachy, you don’t have to stick to the standard pale palette – when you’re thinking about what to wear to a beach wedding, why not mix it up a little with darker accessories? We love navy and white paired together, and a pair of white chinos with a navy blazer is a twist on the classic beach wedding look. A refined pair of brogues work perfectly with this outfit, and add a little touch of luxury to this casual beach look.

Chinos could be the way to go

Chinos are the perfect meeting of formal and informal: they can be dressed up or down, and they never go out of fashion. Their effortless vibe is perfect for a beach wedding, and they are incredibly easy to style. A tan pair will match almost any shirt or jacket, but pale blue, white or pastel colours can be a new take on an old classic.

If it’s really sunny, add a hat

A hat can be a great addition to any beach ensemble: keeping the sun out of your eyes, and tying your outfit together. We love wide-brimmed hats this summer: while they may look difficult to style, wearing them with confidence is key and really finishes off a perfect beach wedding outfit.

We hope this list has helped ease some of the stress of wondering what to wear to a beach wedding, but if in doubt, check with the bride and groom if your understanding of the dress code is ok. A beach wedding isn’t a run of the mill occasion, so they won’t mind answering a question or two to make sure you feel comfortable and can celebrate with them on the day.