At the start of this month, Chris and I were fortunate enough to attend the wedding of my gorgeous big cousin and her partner (now husband). The wedding was in Cyprus (Protaras, to be exact) and the actual ceremony was on the beach. I had never been to a wedding abroad before and wasn’t entirely sure what to expect, so I did spend a lot of time on Google and it took me the longest time to decide what to wear!
It was an absolutely brilliant day and I’m so glad we managed to see them get married. And while I am by no means now an expert on being a destination wedding guest, I did pick up a couple of tips that I thought I’d share with you. So without further rambling, here are my 6 destination wedding tips for guests!
1. Wear Sun Cream
‘Well duh,’ you might laugh. But Chris and I had literally arrived at the ceremony venue (20 minutes away from our apartments) when we realised we’d forgotten to put on sun cream. And it was hot – I mean bloody roasting. Not a cloud in the sky, can barely see sunny. In all of our rushing around to get ready and organised for the full day we’d be spending out of our apartment we completely forgot to protect ourselves from the sun. Luckily, the groom gave us some sun cream once we arrived at the reception venue but it would have been a complete disaster if we hadn’t had access to any. So, remember to wear SPF and if you can, try to carry a small bottle with you.
2. Don’t Be Afraid to Wear Sunglasses
I thought wearing sunglasses at a wedding might come across as a little rude, but they turned out to be completely essential. While I didn’t wear them during the ceremony, I did put them on while I waited for the lovely bride to walk down the aisle, and afterwards at the reception. It was the middle of the day when we were served the buffet and the tables were in the centre of the garden without shade. As absolutely stunning as the set up was, it was great to be able to see in the blinding sun occasionally! I’m not a huge sunglasses wearer, because I can never be bothered to put in contacts, but I’m so glad I had them with me!
3. Wear Loose, Comfortable Clothing
Yes, at the end of the day you are going to a wedding and want to look wedding guest appropriate, however when it’s hot and you’re going to be in an outfit all day comfort is key. Jos’s reception was held at the villa she was staying in and many of the wedding party opted to change into something more comfortable once the buffet was over, but there were quite a few of us who had the same outfit on until well into the night. I went for a loose, shift style dress because I thought it would be light, comfortable and cool, and Chris wore shorts and a light shirt.
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4. Seek Shade
As with the sunglasses tip, do not be afraid to go and find some shade if you need it! As someone who has had sunstroke before I can assure you it’s not fun. After the buffet was served I spent a long time chilling in the shade with Chris and a few other guests. It was nice to be able to cool down and take a break from the heat!
5. Bring a Fan
As nice as it would be to have someone constantly rooting for you from the sidelines, I mean the little paper ones you unfold or the ones that spin with the battery (excellent description eh?). My cousin was thoughtful enough to hand out paper fans that matched her theme, however a battery operated one wouldn’t have gone amiss in the sun!
6. Drink Water
I am the last person to tell anyone not to drink alcohol at a wedding, but in the interest of keeping hydrated and not passing out it is essential to have a glass of water or eight in between alcoholic drinks. As I said, I’ve had sunstroke before and Chris is now petrified I will get it again so he generally keeps me topped up with water when he doesn’t think I’ve had enough!
As useful as these tips will (hopefully!) be, the most important part of being a wedding guest is to celebrate the marriage of your loved ones. Chris and I are so grateful to have been a part of Jos and Pete’s special day and we have memories that we’ll always treasure, way beyond the crazy heat and sunshine 😉 .
Thank you so much for reading!