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What should a guest wear to a beach wedding?

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Unless specifically noted on the invitation, beach weddings call for casual attire. Sundresses for ladies and khaki pants with a button-down shirt for men are generally acceptable.

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Women may choose sundresses in almost any color. However, white is generally not appropriate for weddings. Skirts or pants with a blouse are also acceptable beach wedding attire. Hair and makeup do not need to be formal; everyday styles work for these weddings.

Men can wear khaki pants and a button-down shirt or polo shirt. Ties and sports jackets may be worn, but it is usually acceptable to forgo these pieces for a casual beach wedding. In some instances, Bermuda shorts and a polo shirt can be worn, but they should not look too casual. Weddings are still more formal that other gatherings.

If the invitation states that the wedding is "beach formal," the wedding will be more dressy than a casual beach wedding. Ladies should wear a formal sundress that is knee or tea length. Heels are not necessary, and flat sandals are appropriate. Hair and makeup for formal beach weddings can still be natural. Men can wear summer suits with linen shirts, khaki or linen pants, and button-down shirts. Ties are fine but not required. Men may also wear sandals.

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