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Essential Tips for Guests at Summer Beach Weddings

June 28, 2024

Your Guide to Attending Summer Beach Weddings

Attending a summer beach wedding is a delightful experience, offering a perfect blend of celebration and relaxation against the backdrop of sun, sand, and sea. However, the unique setting also requires some special considerations to ensure you’re comfortable and prepared for the festivities. 

From our team here at Anthony’s Ocean View in New Haven, CT, here are some essential tips for guests attending a beach wedding this summer:

1. Dress Appropriately

Beach weddings call for attire that is both stylish and practical. Opt for light, breathable fabrics such as cotton, linen, or chiffon to stay cool in the summer heat. Ladies might consider a flowy sundress or a maxi dress, while gentlemen could choose a lightweight suit or dress shirt with slacks. Remember, high heels can be tricky in the sand, so opt for wedges, sandals, or even chic barefoot sandals.

2. Protect Yourself from the Sun

Sun protection is crucial for an outdoor wedding. Apply a high-SPF sunscreen before you arrive and reapply as needed throughout the day. A wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses not only add to your beach-chic look but also provide essential protection from the sun’s rays. Consider bringing a small, portable fan or a parasol for additional shade and comfort.

3. Stay Hydrated

The combination of sun and sea can quickly lead to dehydration. Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day. While cocktails and other beverages will likely be available, balance your intake with water to stay hydrated and refreshed.

4. Plan for the Elements

Be prepared for the beach environment. A light shawl or wrap can be useful if the sea breeze picks up. Also, consider bringing a small bag to keep essentials like sunscreen, a hairbrush, and touch-up makeup. If the ceremony is on the sand, you may want to bring a small towel to brush off any sand before heading to the reception area.

5. Be Mindful of the Schedule

Beach weddings often have a more relaxed vibe, but it’s still important to be mindful of the schedule. Arrive on time to enjoy the ceremony and all the planned festivities. Check the wedding invitation for any specific instructions or timelines, and respect the couple’s plans for their special day.

6. Respect the Beach

Remember that the beach is a natural setting, and it’s important to respect it. Avoid leaving any trash behind, and be mindful of the environment. If the couple has planned any beach activities, participate enthusiastically but with care for the surroundings.

7. Enjoy the Experience

Finally, relax and enjoy the unique experience of a beach wedding. The stunning views, the sound of the waves, and the casual atmosphere create a magical setting for celebrating love. Take lots of photos, savor the delicious food, and dance the night away.

Discovering New Haven, CT’s Coastal Charm: Anthony’s Ocean View

For couples seeking a wedding venue that combines natural beauty, elegance, and romance, Anthony’s Ocean View in New Haven, CT, is the perfect choice. Say ‘I do’ with a view and create memories to last a lifetime at our stunning beachfront oasis.

Contact us today to begin planning your dream wedding along the beautiful Connecticut shoreline. Let our dedicated team turn your vision into reality, ensuring every moment of your special day is as breathtaking as the ocean views that surround us.