Mens Beach Wedding Attire 101

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Shopping for mens beach wedding attire is not usually a difficult task. However, there are quite a few things that one needs to consider.

Ideally, the groom’s attire should be coordinated with the bride’s and the bridesmaids. So essentially, all you need to do is select the groom’s attire after you’ve made a final decision on your wedding dress.

Where do you start?

Think about what material your dress will have. Will you be adding any colors to the traditional white or ivory dress?
What about your bridesmaids? What colors would they be wearing? Choosing the groom’s and mens attire after you take into consideration these factors will seamlessly harmonize the whole look.

Go a step further and think beyond what you and your bridesmaids will be wearing. The overall look will also be greatly effected by your natural beach wedding setting. So think of colors that will compliment the sand, the ocean, sky and any foliage that might be present on the beach.

Keeping these colors in mind and choosing the mens attire accordingly is guaranteed to produce stunning results. It’s very rare that a groom wears a full-blown tuxedo to a beach wedding. Instead, loose flowing shirts are the order of the day when it comes to the groom. But you have to be careful to choose shirts and pants that are casual and yet stylish.

Fortunately for you, there are many wedding vendors and shops that stock an assortment of shirts and pants that are suitable for a beach themed wedding.


You have plenty of shirt styles to choose from. You can choose either a short sleeved shirt or a long sleeves one. If you know that you’ll be having hot summer weather, then go for short sleeves. You can go for the ever popular tropical style shirt, havana or guayabera shirt. How about a batik shirt with a pair of linen riviera pants?

You can choose either a short sleeved shirt or a long sleeves one. If you know that you’ll be having hot summer weather, then go for short sleeves.

Plain white linen shirts also look gorgeous.

Or maybe mens Hawaiian wedding shirts are more your thing.  If you’ve just started looking for these style of shirts, you might be thinking that this is going to be an easy task. But the vast range of Hawaiian shirts that’s available out there can make you feel truly overwhelmed at times.

So what are the things that you need to keep in mind when choosing a Hawaiian wedding shirt? Most men are not that particular when it comes to groom’s attire, so choosing these type of shirts for the groom and groomsmen is one thing that will usually go down well. Everyone knows that these type of shirts are very comfortable. Perfect for a summer beach wedding.

However, don’t be fooled by their casual and care free look. Following are some things that you need to consider when choosing your shirt/s.

How To Choose The Perfect Mens Hawaiian Wedding Shirt

Tip #1

First things first. If the bride is going for a more formal wedding dress, you might want to scrap the idea of getting these type of shirts all together. The groom’s attire should always compliment the bride’s and Hawaiian wedding shirts would not be appropriate in this setting, even if you‘re having a beach wedding. So remember that the level of formality in the groom’s attire should reflect that of the bride.

Tip #2

Look beyond the bride. You need to consider what the bridesmaids are wearing and also what your wedding color scheme is going to be.

Tip #3

Be inspired by nature. If you’re getting married on a beach, look around you and choose colors that will compliment the color of the sand, rocks, sea, sky and any other colors present. Popular colors that blend in well with the natural colors that you’ll get on a beach are shades of brown, orange, blue, green and also white.

Tip #4

Every beach wedding is different. Why? Because all couples are different and the accessories and décor that you choose will dictate how your guests will perceive your wedding. What general feeling do you want to project at your wedding? Semi formal and elegant? Stylish yet casual? Fun loving and care free? Whichever ambiance you decide to create, the groom‘s attire must reflect that too.

So for example, if you‘re going for a semi formal Hawaiian wedding theme, consider getting dark blue wedding Hawaiian shirts. They‘re casual but the dark color will make them seem more “formal“ than if you chose a multi colored Hawaiian wedding shirt.

Tip #5

Consider the pants. Will the groom be wearing short pants or long? What color will they be? This will make a great difference in the level of “formality” that the end look will have. Short pants will of course make the look much more casual, while long pants will make the groom’s look more formal.

Imagine what the shirt and pants will look like together. Will the end result be too casual for your liking? Can you formalize the look more by choosing a different color and pattern for the shirt?

A Hawaiian wedding theme is usually a casual affair but this is YOUR wedding. Take advantage of the many colors and patterns that are available to get the look that is just right for YOUR wedding.

Tip #6

Don’t forget the accessories. A Hawaiian wedding shirt will look “different” when the groom is wearing a necklace or leis. Picture the finished look. Will the color and patterns of the Hawaiian wedding shirts be a little bit too much as soon as the groom and groomsmen put on their leis? What about the groom’s boutonniere? Will this clash with the colors of the shirt?


White is of course the most popular but you can also choose from stylish pastel colors or take a particular color from your bridal dress and find a shirt in that color. If your wedding is going to be a really casual one, you can also use bold colors or patterns. Go easy on the patterns though. Remember to stay stylish and don’t overdo it.


Cotton and linen look great at a beach wedding. Plus they’re also fantastic for keeping cool in the hot summer sun. Seersucker fabric looks great for pants too.

Some grooms go for silk. Although this type of material looks stunning and is especially stylish, be aware that it is not as durable as linen and cotton and it also stains easily with perspiration.


With regards to pants, the groom also has the option to wear shorts. That is if you will be wearing a very informal dress. If your beach wedding is going to be a more formal one, the groom can wear a seersucker suit.

Comfort should be your main priority here and what groom wouldn’t like that. The most popular fabric for a beach wedding is linen. Linen is woven from stems of flax which is a vegetable fiber. It’s twice as strong as cotton.

Perhaps the main advantage of linen is that it is one of the most breathable fabrics, so it is especially comfortable to wear in hot climates. The downside to linen is that it wrinkles easily.

Linen pants should either be hand washed or sent to the dry cleaners.

Seersucker is another popular option which tends to be used for when you want more “formal” beach wedding attire.
Seersucker fabric is usually made from cotton. Its main advantage is that it is lightweight, so it feels much more comfortable than other fabrics usually associated with mens pants. In addition, it has the ability to kind of lift off your skin, allowing air to circulate.

There’s no need to iron seersucker fabric. When it comes to the groom’s attire for a beach wedding, natural breathable fabrics is the way to go.

As regards to styles, you can choose from dress pants, slacks, khaki pants (also referred to as chinos), drawstring or elastic back. If you’re going to be really embracing the whole beach wedding ambiance, then shorts is another option.
Dress up the pants with a leather or canvas belt. No socks if you’re going for a casual look.

Popular colors for the groom’s pants include black (goes well with guayabera shirts and black sandals), gray (dark or light), charcoal gray, light blue, beige, chocolate brown, champagne and khaki.

Online wedding vendors that stock linen and seersucker pants for the groom include: (for the budget conscious)


If you’re going to go barefoot, then the groom should follow suit. However, if you’re going to be wearing bridal flip flops, shoes or sandals, then the groom can wear a pair of nice stylish open-toed leather sandals or flip flops. .

Remember that when it comes to groom beach wedding attire, ultimately the main goal is to have the bride, groom, bridesmaids and groomsmen in a coordinated look.

What About The Guests?

If you have someone in your family or a friend who you know will probably turn up in a t shirt, jeans and baseball hat, then you must find a way to subtly inform them of your desired dress code.

Most couples provide dress guidelines in their invitations because a lot of men don’t have a clue what they should be wearing at a beach wedding.

Best Places To Shop For Mens Beach Wedding Attire

When it comes to the groom’s beach wedding attire, the list of places to shop from is literally endless.

Due to the casual factor of this type of wedding attire, you can easily find gorgeous shirts and pants in many casual wear stores. The good thing about this is that they don’t necessarily have to be wedding shops and so there’s a good chance that they’ll have many inexpensive options. You can also shop online of course.

I hope that you found this article useful. Time to do some shopping now 😉

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