What to Wear to a Beach Wedding

April 28, 2015

Virginia Beach is the #1 destination for a beach wedding here in the state of Virginia! And that means a lot of us are likely going to be attending a beach wedding this summer... and with all the inspiration out there on the web for brides and their wedding parties, what about the guests?

Well, that's where wedding fashion editor guru and friend Sukey of Dress for the Wedding comes in! We got to geek out in Lancaster's In White bridal boutique a few weeks ago, and I just love her love for all things wedding fashion. It's good knowing someone who just knows where to find the perfect ensemble, and Sukey is here today sharing three perfect beach wedding outfits for wedding guests!

Coconut Rum Maxi Dress by Erin Fetherson available at Rent the Runway | Mallorica Earrings from Stella & Dot | Blu Bijoux Set of 8 Gold and White Bangles | Metallic Wood Clutch by Sondra Roberts | Carvela Gold Strap Glacier Sandals | shopping links are from DFTW's affiliated sponsors


This coral and gold dress is a bit of a departure from my normal style since I'm not typically one for a high-low hem, but it has really grown on me! It's perfect for a summer wedding, a destination wedding, a hotel wedding, a beach wedding, and really any wedding in a warmish climate. To get fully in the summer spirit, I added some white accessories to go with the gold dots throughout this gown to give it that beachy, summery look while still being polished.

BCBG Maxazaria Kendal Ruffle Gown at Rent the Runway | Kendra Scott Seafoam Danielle Earring | kate spade new york “belle fleur” bangle to rent | Manolo Blahnik “Chaos” Sandals | Nancy Gonzalez Woven Clutch | shopping links are from DFTW's affiliated sponsors


This vibrant look was styled for a summer seaside wedding guest for an evening wedding. I love the flowy style, and if you see the pictures on Rent the Runway, the dress drapes beautifully, and that high leg slit is way more modest and wedding-appropriate than it appears here. This would be fabulous a beach formal event or even a semi-formal coastal wedding.

Printed Chiffon Gown by Aidan Mattox | ‘Katie’ Earrings by Kendra Scott | Natalie B Little Dreamer Cuff in Jade | ‘Leo’ Clutch by Rebecca Minkoff | ‘Amelia’ Sandals by Loeffler Randall | shopping links are from DFTW's affiliated sponsors


In my line of work, I frequently find a new favorite dress to fall in love with. And for this style board, this watercolor maxi dress is it! There were a few seasons where maxi dresses used to be too shapeless and informal. They all seemed to be more of a beach cover-up than a dress, but not so now! This chiffon gown is so versatile, so lovely, and so wedding appropriate that I'm recommending it for nearly everything, especially ocean-inspired weddings!

- Sukey

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