What to Wear to a Beach Wedding

Florida Beach Wedding Attire

What to Wear to a Beach Wedding in Florida

As a Guest, one of the first things you ask yourself when you are invited to a beach wedding is “What do I wear?” 

Whether you are planning or attending a Florida beach wedding, it is a common question to ask, what do I wear? Is it beach formal, beach casual or a black tie wedding? 

Some questions to steer you in the right direction are 

  • What time of year is it?
  • Is the reception indoors or outdoors?  
  • How Many Guests are Invited to the Wedding?
  • Is it Ceremony only or ceremony and reception dinner also? 

As a guest to find this information, look to see if the couple has a wedding website or if they placed a dress code on their invitation cards.

Pro Tip

You can get a great idea by checking out the wedding venue itself. Is the wedding venue at a high end resort or a beach cottage, or maybe a fancy or low key restaurant. 

If it is located at a high end resort or private beach house estate then it might be safe to say that were looking at a little more beach formal or maybe even black tie.  

For Small cottages, bungalows, and restaurants can, and might be, a little more laid back and casual.  Black ties are mostly uncommon considering most of the event is typically outside. 

Beach Wedding Attire Categories

  • Beach Casual

  • Beach Formal

  • Black Tie

  • Shades of White

#1.) Beach Casual

Beach Casual Attire is the most common attire that we see at a beach wedding worn by guests. It’s comfortable and convenient.  Here are some great examples below. 


  • Beach Casual 
  • Linen shirt
  • linen pants/shorts
  • Khakis
  • Shoes could be sandals or boat shoes


  • Beach Casual

  • Sundress, short or long

  • Sandals

  • Bright Colors in Spring and Summer go well

#2.) Beach Formal

Beach Formal is also a very common attire that we see. This gives you ideas for a more formal style event but dressing for the elements of the beach such as Sun, wind, water and salt.  Here are some great examples below. 


  • Beach Formal

  • Linen shirt

  • Linen pants or Khakis.

  • Sport Jacket.

  • No Tie.

  • Shoes should be dress shoes


  • Beach Formal

  • Sundress, short or long

  • Sandals

#3.) Black Tie Affair

Although somewhat uncommon, This gives you an idea of a formal affair – and is laid out below. Typically a black tie wedding event will be held at a beach ceremony and ballroom reception indoors. If thinking this is what to wear to your beach wedding, we would suggest confirming with the bride or groom before proceeding. 


  • Black Tie

  • A tuxedo

  • A tie

  • Bowtie

  • Dress shoes


  • Black Tie

  • Cocktail dress

  • Long evening gown

#4.) Shades of White

Another Common and popular look is the all white or shades of white with white top and off white or khaki bottoms or a long white sundress. This is particularly popular because of being on the beach in the hot sun and sand.  


  • Shades of White

  • Breezy Pants

  • Linen Shirt, Short or Long Sleeve

  • Jacket

  • Shoes can be anywhere from sandal to dress


  • Shades of White

  • Breezy all white dress, short or long.

Soles of Your Feet

Another common question and factor is shoes. Can I wear high heels in the sand ?   What kind of sand does the property have? Will I have trouble walking around on the Wedding Day?

Some things to Consider When Asking What to Wear to a Beach Wedding?

Depending on your venue, sand can either be packed in and easy to walk on or fluffed and a mission for high heels.  Don’t be scared to contact the location to ask questions:

What kind of sand do you have, packed in or fluffy?

It is a very common question. If it is fluffy sand – no worries all you have to do is make it past the cocktail hour and then kick off your shoes and relax – After all, It is a beach wedding.

Are you Planning a Beach Wedding?

For the Couple

You can better inform your guests on what to wear to a beach wedding by creating a wedding website and placing the attire information on there or by placing a hint on your wedding invites- see below for the different styles.​

Consinder a shoes optional sign to make your guests feel more comfortable about kicking off their shoes.


Consider the time of year that you are getting married before you pick out an outfit. Even though this is a beach wedding, that does not mean it stays hot. During the winter months it can get very cold and even in spring months an offshore breeze can drop the temperature dramatically, especially if you have been out in the sun all day. 
If you are getting married in the Florida Keys,  check out our calendar page to see what the average temperature is for your wedding day. 

How to Fly with your Wedding Dress


You can bring a wedding dress through the security checkpoint for screening, but we strongly recommend that it is packed safely in a garment – style bag or other packaging to protect it during the screening process. We also recommend that you contact your airline to determine their policy for bringing and stowing the dress on the airplane, as well as how it fits into their carry on bag. 

Consider contacting a Dry Cleaners to schedule for your dress to be steamed the day before the wedding. 

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