Dressing for a Tropical Beach Wedding

The groom and groomsmen at a recent wedding on the beach at Cabo San Lucas, Mexico looked sharp, handsome, and comfortable. But, the bride’s party were dressed to kill, looking stiff and unhappy. Just what went wrong may be too typical in dressing for a tropical beach wedding.

The groomsmen: The groom took the initiative and selected the outfits for his best man and groomsmen. The groom wore a lightweight royal blue suit with a white lining.

His party wore bright white linen slacks, white slip on canvas loafers, and short sleeved shirts in a blue, black, and white faux tweed pattern. They were casual and comfortable in the heat and crisp and handsome through the more formal reception following.

The bridesmaids: The bride was smart enough to detach the train she wore for formal photographs, so she could walk comfortably across the beach. Her white sheath was sleeveless, high-necked, and backless – sexy but appropriate for the setting and ceremony.BridesmaidsHowever, she left the maid of honor and bridesmaids choose their own dresses from a palette of colors she had chosen. Each of the five women selected satiny topless floor length sheaths. Each was attractive but uncomfortable in the heat, humidity, and wind on the beach.

The tropical conditions: Weather in the tropics can be unpredictable. On the Pacific side, winds come from the ocean, and on the Caribbean side, the breezes come from the mainland.

On the Pacific side, the winds are stronger and less humid, but you will feel the humidity as soon as you leave the sand. On the Caribbean, breezes are loaded with inland heat and moisture. In both cases, the air moves enough to seem cooling, but it can mess up the best-dressed intentions.

In the case of this wedding, the setting on the Pacific beach was gorgeous. But, the women had to battle with effects on their big hair and tight dresses. Their hair, fashioned in the resort spa just hours before, blew apart in the humid air.

As Brides Magazine points out, “Not all dresses, fabrics, and veil styles work for a beach wedding.” Here, the strapless gowns left their skin exposed to the sun in what turned out to be hours of ceremony and pictures. And, the tight fit allowed little cooling circulation close to the skin.

To be fair, they had time and help to refresh their look before the reception, but the photos of the beach events shows them wilting in the sun and sand.

The tropical option: A destination wedding takes more effort than you might think. It can’t all be left to the location’s wedding planner. The Huffington Post warns, “Oceanfront affairs come with their own special set of considerations.”Bridesmaids2

A beautiful day in the tropics can still have rain showers. Where breezes come from the mainland, they can also bring mosquitoes. And, when they come from the ocean, they can be volatile. None of these issues must ruin a wedding it you plan for circumstances.

Take the bridesmaid dresses, for example.

  • Length: Most of the women in weddings are young enough to wear knee-length or ankle length in comfort.
  • Fabric: Quality cottons and chiffon come in hundreds of colors and promise maximum comfort in heat and humidity.
  • Color: The wedding party palette should not be divided between men and women. It’s probably the bride’s prerogative to select the dominant theme and the groom’s good sense to complement her choices.
  • Neckline: Bridesmaids should defer to the bride’s role and, perhaps, go for a halter look, a classic neckline with short sleeves, or an illusion across the bodice and back.
  • Fit: Experienced tailors who embody the beauty of handmade apparel, quality craftsmanship, and attention to detail

According to the team at Azazie, wedding parties should consider “custom-made pieces that are of the highest quality and tailored for a perfect fit – all the while being affordable.” Custom made assures more comfort and individual fit than off-the-rack.

It’s a suggestion this Cabo San Lucas wedding party might have considered.

Author’s Bio: Mike is a freelance contributor to OutreachMama and Youth Noise NJ who helps businesses find their audience online through research, content copy, and white papers. He frequently writes about management, marketing, and sales with customized outreach for digital marketing channels and outreach plans depending on the industry and competition.


  1. ellen beck says:

    I have never been to a beach wedding but have been too outside weddings. I have always thought it calls for a more casual approach. I love the top picture, it looks beautiful and everyone looks comfortable. I do think everyone ha their own style but you cant bring a very forma church wedding on thee sand.

  2. Oh I think a beach wedding would be so romantic! I think the shorter brides maid dresses are perfect for the beach weddings.

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