Guide to Wedding Suits – Part XIV: (Final) Destination

So you want to have your wedding on a far off beach. Well, no one blames you – weddings can be uber stressful and weigh the equivalent of a small child in coin.

The bride has many choices of beach-style wedding dresses in a variety of colours, yet what will the groom wear?

A 3-peice suit with tie is way too formal for a beach setting meanwhile shorts or rolled up pants is a bit too casual and may appear unkempt. You have to maintain some sort of formality but with the right balance. Regardless, this all boils down to personal preference. If you have your heart set on a 3-peice suit, then go for it.

After all my bashing of white suits so far in my guides, now I will embrace it with open arms!

The best way to start is wait for your bride to decide on her outfit. Depending on the formality of your bride’s dress (very traditional wedding dress or casual beach dress) this will help you decide on your look. For a traditional bride, consider wearing a white tuxedo and/or one with tails with barefeet, sandals or loafers.  If she is taking the route of casual and fun – then consider wearing an off-white, linen, loosely fitted, collared shirt (short-sleeved optional) with white or tanned cotton or linen loosely fitted pants with barefeet or sandals. Another option is getting a tanned cotton blazer to wear on top. Depending on the heat, this may be too many layers, but again, it depends on formality of the bride’s dress.

You can certainly wear some colour in aqua or pink shirt, yet I like to keep it white because your surroundings will be colourful enough.

Some tips to remember:

  • Do not wear a belt or tuck in your linen shirt into your linen pants. The look is supposed to be casual.
  • Linen wrinkles quickly so don’t worry too much about it being perfectly crisp.
  • Roll up your pants if you are taking pictures in the water, otherwise keep them down for the ceremony.
  • Don’t be afraid to show some chest.

Please visit my friend Jennifer Borgh’s website for all details on planning your destination wedding!

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