Choosing summer wedding suits can be a complex balance of casual and formal, but when the wedding is on the beach the right choice of wedding suits is even more important, with practicality and style of equal importance. Read on to find our hottest tips for your wedding in the sun.
The most important thing is always going to be to marry your outfit to that of your bride and what is appropriate for the wedding location and theme- if you walk under a flower strewn canopy to meet your barefoot bride in her bohemian style dress, and you are wearing a formal dress kilt it’s really not going to work. Similarly if she’s bedecked in full length white lace and veil your sarong and flipflops may not go down too well!
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The cut of your suit might be the first place to start, with the really formal black tie options an unlikely choice for beach summer wedding suits! The unconventional venue is ideal for a more relaxed choice of suit so perhaps you could think about a shorts suit, or a look at a looser cut suit with fashionable baggy fit trousers.
Another possibility is to dispense with the jacket altogether. Pair your trousers with a coordinating waistcoat and you have the effect of a suit while staying cool. And if your beach is in the United Kingdom then you can have the matching jacket to hand for if the weather lets you down.
Whatever the cut of your suit, conventional or slightly more original, the fabric of your suit is another good place to think about ringing in the changes. Hopefully your beach wedding is going to be somewhere at least warm, possibly extremely warm if you’ve booked a fantasy tropical island somewhere, so keeping cool becomes an important consideration.
Linen is the usual choice for a hot weather suit, and that’s always worth thinking about, but another perfect possibility would be silk. A raw silk, loose fit suit would be cool and relaxed and luxurious enough for your special day. A light cotton unlined, or half lined, suit could also be a comfortable choice.
A beach wedding opens up a wide range of exciting options for colour. Depending on where exactly your beach is located you may want to forgo the traditional beige, white , and pale shades of conventional summer suits and go for something truly striking.
Under a hot sun subtle shades can be bleached out so there is scope to look at the striking bright jewel shades like turquoise or violet, or even a bold pink shade.
In the lighter fabrics such as silk or cotton there is likely to be a wider range of colour than you might find in the heavier, more customary business suit. Do coordinate thoroughly with your bride though- it would be an inauspicious start to married life if your outfits clashed at the wedding!
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If you are marrying on the beach the chances are that you aren’t the usual traditional couple and so you may want to consider something really unusual for your unique wedding day. A beach lends itself to a variety of ethnic and boho options, for you as well as for your bride, and it can give you the chance to go beyond the everyday suit, shirt, and tie of the usual men’s formal wear.
Raiding from cultures across the world the adventurous groom could consider the kurta, or a cool shalwar kameez if that feels appropriate for the destination, or a silk sarong if you feel particularly brave. Perhaps think about what would be most fitting for your destination so that your wedding pictures will always remind you of Hawaii, or Bali, whenever you look at them.
Whatever you choose, enjoy it. Not just the day, but the planning- this is your wedding, unique to the two of you, and you deserve the very best.