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You're the luckiest groom out there. You get to walk down an aisle of sand in total comfort on your wedding day. But this doesn't give you license to show up looking like you stepped ashore on your eight day of a Norwegian Cruise Lines tour; this is just formal "light".

Did we mention how lucky you are? Beach weddings can be relatively stress free, and the option of avoiding a tuxedo altogether is very appealing.

A range of beach-friendly options

That being said, you do need to wear something. Something could go from shirt designed by Tommy Bahama with khaki shorts (from the GAP) and leather sandals (or nothing at all like the guys shown here), all the way to a lightweight linen suit with tie and brown buck Oxfords, shown below. You could end up saving a bit of money or spending just as much as you would on a rented black tie tux from a national chain, and more. Here are the options, more or less:

    Up Top:
  • White dress shirt, "Tommy Bahama" beach shirt

  • Down Low:
  • Brown leather or canvas belt, with khakis (pants, or shorts), beige dress slacks or linen slacks

  • Further Down:
  • No socks. Loafers, Brown leather sandals and flip flops.

The Cost Savings

The good news is that if you're having a beach wedding, you're having that beach wedding at the..umm..beach. This article assumes that you've already budgeted the costs of getting to a beach, or happen to be lucky enough to live on the coast. Beach wedding attire, for most couples, means a white dress shirt or beach shirt ($100 and probably less) and khaki shorts or pants ($100 and probably less). Bring it up a notch and get linen pants, and you'll be looking at spending at least $100 for the pants. If you dress it up a further notch, you'll be making the jump to a linen or summer weight suit (ie. lighter than a full-on wool, navy suit.) Watch for deals at large chains, like Men's Warehouse, as you can probably get a summer weight linen suit starting at around $250, including tailoring. (Don't expect to wear it for years.) Custom tailored linen suits will start at $800. That said, if you shop around, you'll find that Macys.com, H&M and even Walmart.com offer some sort of linen suit. Accordingly, the total cost for beach wedding attire can range from $100 to $1000, and probably on the lower end of that range. (Lucky you!)

The Groom's "Shoes"

Obviously, there are plenty of combinations, and you'll be happy to leave the black shiny shoes at home. For example, you could wear the above-mentioned linen suit, but ditch the tie and the shoes in favor of flip-flops. Flip flops (or brown leather sandals, more likely) should only be worn if your bride will also be wearing an open-toes shoe. Sandals instantly make any ensemble more casual. That said, if you do opt for flops, this may also be one of the few times in your life when you get yourself a pedicure ( ed. - A pedi-what?!?) just to get a clean and neater look than you could get after a shower with a pair of toenail scissors. (And yes, we're told that you can get a pedicure without the nail polish). As you can tell from the photos here, many guys ditch the sandals altogether, at least for the photo shoot.

What about the Groomsmen?

If you're going with the Tommy Bahama look, the guys at Groom Groove suggest buying the beach shirts for the groomsmen in advance of the wedding, to ensure you've got a cohesive look. (If you're sitting in Omaha, the shirt pictured here might look a bit clownlike. For some reason, even the tackiest of beach shirts looks awesome on a beach in the Caribbean.) These shirts are inexpensive (around $70) and if you feel the need, you can ask the groomsmen to pitch in and buy their own. If you're going with a linen suit deal, we suggest checking out online purveyors of inexpensive linen suits, such as MisterShop.com. You'll be able to get a package deal.

Add a Jacket

A jacket is always a great addition to any ensemble. It gives the groom a clean line and can help hide any signs of perspiration.   The groom should generally try to match the bride in terms of formality, and if she's wearing a dress, a jacket (regardless of weight or buttons) will get you two on the same page.

Sunscreen for the Pale Groom

If you're a pale, office-dwelling groom, try to avoid arriving at your destination wedding too close to wedding day. Give yourself some time for your complexion to catch up, and bring plenty of sunscreen made especially for your face. Dancing won't be nearly as much fun if your face looks like the lobster you're serving to the guests.

Did we mention you're a lucky bastard? Have fun at your beach wedding!


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Felt so hopeless looking for answers to my qsuetinos...until now.
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we're planning or wedding for sept 2012 and it's not on a beach, but it's a holiday abroad (cyprus). we're from scotland and he wants to wear a kilt, but i think this is going to be far too warm!! kilts are so thick and heavy. anyone any ideas?!?!
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Wed, Dec.22nd 2010
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My fiance and I are thinking about having him & the groomsmen wear summer-weight formal pants, shirts & vests but with no tuxedo jackets or shoes when we have our beach wedding. Someone who works in men's formal-wear suggested the idea to us, since my dress and the bridesmaids' dresses are a little on the formal side for Tommy Bahama. Still, we really want everyone to be as comfortable as possible for a probably-hot July day. We were originally talking about putting him in a kilt, but with the sea breezes... well, there are some things Grandma doesn't need to see.
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My fiance and I are getting married on the beach in NC at the OBX. The guys are wearing drawstring linen pants (natural color) and ivory shirts linen shirts rolled to 3/4 sleaves and still workin on the shoes...they all seem to be pleased with the colors and comfort. We ordered the shirts through island importer, actually the pants we got from kohls for only $25 but they were on sale and look almost identical to the natural linen pants on island importer.com so I suggest try that but the pants from islandimporter.com are not hemmed so try to get them early enough to have someone get them to the right length. Hope this helps, and BTW I think it is pathetic that people are up here talking trash about their boyfriends/fiance's...i don't think the site was meant for that...if you are that unhappy...why are you with them?!
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This site is not for you to come and complain about your bf, only leave messages to help a guy out with finding the right attire for his wedding. For beach wedding men all i can find right now is Tommy Bahama. Best of luck
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Oh man, I wish I was one of the "lucky bastards" you're talking about. I'm getting married on the beach in 5 mo's but my future mother in law is campaigning for me to show up in a tux. I thought half...okay...like 90% of the fun of getting married on the ocean is so I DON'T have to rent a tux. So...what do I do with that?
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Thu, Jun.25th 2009
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My Husband and I got married on the beach in the Florida Keys. It drove me nuts looking for the right dress and shirt and pants for him. Talk about ‘Bridezilla’. But then I came across a small resort wear boutique in Islamorada, FL and there was everything we needed. The name was PJ Max, LTD. My dress was a light weight Crikled cotton design and he wore a tropical design shirt with tan linen pants. The staff was fantastic but now I’ve heard that the actual store has closed and they are strickly an online store now. I found them online at http://www.pjmaxltd.com If you’re truly tired of looking and looking for something light, breezy, and casual for the beach, give them a try. They have what we’ve all pictured but couldn’t find anywhere else.
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Hey Michelle - You're right. We've fixed to provide more ideads.
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Excuse me if I am too honest...but I am a groom and I really need a suit for my beach wedding...but unfortunately I couldn't find any suit for the occasion... I hope you can improve this for future potential customers... Best regards, Esteban M. Lafuente Esteban.Lafuente@kfacts.com
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