If you have ever attended or watched a wedding on television, you realize they are typically very formal events. However, they can become more casual if the setting is located on the beach or in a park. If you have ever tried to wear a tuxedo or gown on the beach it becomes a bit of a complex affair. These types of casual weddings are actually more appealing to the bride and groom as well as the guests in attendance.
There are many things that help to contribute to a casual wedding setting although, for the most part, they tend to be held outdoors or in a non-traditional location. You will usually attend these types of weddings during the day when there is plenty of light for outdoor photography. While many people know what they have to wear to a formal wedding, they tend to be unsure what is appropriate for a casual affair. Many times, it is simply a matter of thinking about where and when it is coming to take place and building from that. You would typically wear different types of outfits for a beach wedding or one held in a state park.
Most women are fine to wear a casual skirt to these types of weddings. Remember that a casual wedding is still a special event and needs to be treated as such. For example, if you were to attend a wedding in the afternoon hours an exceptional outfit would consist of a floral skirt with a beautiful sleeveless blouse. A pair of nice sandals and some simple jewellery would complete this look. Men can wear a pair of khakis with a decent button down shirt to these types of events. In this case, it is fine to forgo the tie. Unless you are specifically told by the wedding party to wear jeans, never do it.
If you happen to be attending a wedding on the beach a nice sundress will do perfectly. It is best to look for a strapless cotton dress or a cotton shift dress with a stunning summery print. Almost all dresses for a casual wedding should be knee length. If you happen to be attending the special occasion on the beach you may want to reconsider the type of shoe you will be wearing. Leave the high heels at the house and carry along a pair of leather thong sandals instead. While you can wear sandals to the beach don’t go as far as a pair of dollar store flip flops! You can accent the entire outfit with handmade coin pearl jewellery. If you are afraid of being burnt to a crisp while on the beach accessorize with a wide-brimmed hat and you will be ready for the festivities.
Men will want to wear a casual look to the affair as well and it will not take long to pull it off. Once again khakis will work with a short sleeve button down shirt. If the wedding is going to be really casual you may even be able to sport a golf shirt. However, you will only be able to pull off a Hawaiian print shirt if the wedding is actually being held in Hawaii! Another selection could be a pair of madras shorts with a long sleeve oxford shirt, you can keep the sleeves rolled up for a nice preppy look. Sadly, men do not really have dress up sandals, so you should opt for a pair of boat shoes to complete your ensemble.
There may be some women who might consider wearing a pair of shorts to the wedding. While it may work for the men, I would advise against it for women. Shorts simply look like you did not make an effort, a cute skirt, and even a polo shirt will look much better than shorts. Which brings up a good point, even if the wedding is as casual as they come, you always want to make it look like you are putting your best effort forward for the bride and groom. Keeping that in the back of your mind, find a comfortable outfit and enjoy the event!