What to Wear to a Destination Wedding: 15 Wedding Guest Dresses I’m Obsessed with for 2019 & 2020
I LOVE destination weddings. Don’t get me wrong, I love every wedding. But when you get to combine celebrating love with a vacation in an exotic tropical destination? The best. I’m all for celebrating my favorite couples’ nuptials in tropical, exotic locales like Bali, Hawaii, The Amalfi Coast, Italy, Mexico or France. There’s only one problem – PACKING! What do you wear to a destination wedding? And what are some good destination wedding dresses for guests heading to 2019 and 2020 weddings? I’m here for ya, chicas. And I even have some awesome recommendations for what your guy should wear to a destination too at the bottom of this post!
What are the best dresses for destination weddings?
Don’t be afraid of bold color, and a pretty tropical print that suits the destination.
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Currently OBSESSING over this dress, which I bought for a destination wedding this Fall. I think it’s the perfect dress for a destination wedding.
I love the color of this dress for a destination wedding because it pops! So cute.
I love this yellow beauty for a warm climate destination wedding! It’s long and formal-enough without looking out of place on a beach.
This emerald color is everything. I could see it being good for a Friday night welcome party outfit as well.
Obsessed with this dress!!! And it’s only $66. Grab it before it’s gone.
Love this color for a little pop in a tropical destination. Only $58 on Lulus!
This beautiful tropical print dress makes for a great destination wedding staple. Love the colors and love the fit and flare style.
I love this dress for a Napa Valley wedding – especially in the Spring! Or anywhere in California really. Such a cute, feminine print.
I’m obsessed with this coral color for any destination wedding. This dress is a showstopper. LOVE it.
What shoes should I wear to a destination wedding?
Find out what kind of ground you’ll be on (if you’re on a lawn or in the sand, you will want to stay away from stilettos), if you’re in a ballroom, anything goes.
I love wedges for outdoor weddings because you don’t have to worry about grass or sand getting in the way of you having a great time – and they’re SO much more comfortable. These ones from Tamara Mellon are my go-tos.
I love investing in a pair of good, comfy nude heels because they go with every dress, so I can wear them wedding after wedding after wedding!
I always go for chunky heels when I know there will be a lot of dancing, SO much more comfortable.
What should guys wear to a destination wedding?
Pay close attention to what the invite states as the dress code. There’s a big difference between a ‘beach wedding’ attire and ‘tropical formal’ or ‘tropical elegant’ attire. If the wedding you’re attending leans less formal, you won’t be expected to wear a suit and tie (they should make it clear on the wedding website whether or not guys are supposed to wear suit jackets and ties), and you’re definitely not expected to go black-tie. However, with a tropical elegnt or tropical formal dress code, you should assume a suit or blazer (a tan, grey, blue or cream-colored linen suit with a white shirt will keep you looking good and feeling cool), and you should refer to the dress code to see if you should wear a tie or not.
No matter what, unless it’s strictly stated somewhere, stay away from sandals, shorts, or anything overly casual. This is a wedding, after all.
So what should a guy wear to have some fun at a destination wedding, while still looking elegant and formal enough?
I love when guys pair a Hawaiian shirt with a blazer! Kenny Flowers Hawaiians have awesome prints (that range from trendy and wild to subtle and preppy, to tropical and fun, depending on the type of guy you are or the vibe you’re going for) They look great under a blazer and are a great way to tow the line between fun, beach wedding and elegant, formal affair.
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