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Sunglasses for Weddings

Sunglasses and summer celebrations go hand in hand. And of course, prime wedding season is the summer, where many ceremonies take place outdoors. Some wedding guests have questions about formalwear and sunglasses; how to balance being dressed appropriately while protecting your eyes. No one wants their wedding guests left squinting (or to be left squinting) in the sun.

Maybe you have already decided that you need sunglasses as an essential part of your wedding theme, but you're trying to work out how. Sunglasses are becoming more and more popular as gifts for groomsmen and bridesmaids, and as necessary props for photo opportunities at outdoor weddings. Here are a few suggestions for incorporating sunglasses into your big day.

Tips for Including Sunglasses in Your Wedding

1. Choose Bride and Groom Sunglasses that Compliment your Trousseau

If you’re taking outdoor photos, consider getting a few shots wearing complementary (or matching?) sunglasses. A wedding may be a formal occasion, but that doesn't mean you can't accessorize in a lighthearted way, especially after the ceremony is over. Some brides opt for bright, acetate frames to show spontaneity. But there are so many options for delicate, feminine, ornate (and more bride-like) sunglasses - like this Michael Kors pair. And for the groom? It's a personal choice but smooth, metal aviators always look great with a suit, like these Maui Jim aviators.

2. Give Sunglasses as Groomsmen (or Bridesmaid) Gifts

A gift of sunglasses is great way to show your appreciation for those in your wedding party. Plus it makes for the perfect photo opportunity if you can capture your whole crew in their shades. Ray-Ban New Wayfarers are a classic shape that suits almost anyone, they’re unisex and you can choose different colors tailored to the different personalities of your groomsmen or bridesmaids. Plus, sunglasses are a thoughtful gift that is sure to be put to good use.

3. Give Sunglasses as Wedding Favors

Of course you probably won’t have the budget to buy Ray-Bans or Oakleys for the entire congregation, but many couples with outdoor weddings are starting to provide big baskets of cheapie sunglasses, or leaving a pair on each chair, to save their guests eyes from squinting. It's a cute giveaway that will really help anyone who forgot to bring their own pair of shades.

4. Throw on Shades for your Trip Back Up the Aisle

Sometimes it's great to break the tension when there are serious moments in life, and a wedding ceremony, although joyful, carries some emotional weight. What better way to mark the beginning of the party portion of the affair by heading up the aisle wearing a playful pair of shades. If you choose to go this route, anything goes from sporty styles to elegant vintage inspired cat-eye sunglasses. The no-brainer classic and classy frame is the Ray-Ban Clubmaster.

5. Get Sunglasses in your Wedding Colors

When choosing sunglasses for a wedding - whether they are for the bride, groom, wedding party, or guests -you may want to try and complement the colors of your flowers and linens. Many brides think long and hard about what their “colors” will be, but what does that translate into on the big day? Whether you chose tones of pink, lilac, teal, or something more bold like black or purple, there are great sunglasses that can mirror your color scheme and tie everything together beautifully. Maybe you think these heart-shaped Miu Miu shades are too literal? But you can't deny the kitschy fun.

6. Opt for Lighter Lens Tints, Give Mirrored Shades a Miss

If you will be mingling outdoors, and the sunglasses aren't just for a fun photo op, you may want to steer towards the more translucent lens colors so people can see your eyes. Eye contact is important, especially when we are connecting with friends and family on such an important and happy occasion. Classic Ray-Ban Aviators with a brown gradient lens will allow others to see the love in your eyes

Best Sunglasses for Weddings

Wiley X WX Valor Sunglasses
Black Ops - Matte Black / Smoke Grey Lens (CHVAL01)
$75From $70.75
Ray-Ban RB3025 - Large Metal Aviator Sunglasses
Black / Grey Green Lens (L2823)
From $153
Ray-Ban RB2132 - New Wayfarer Sunglasses
Black / Crystal Green Lens (901)
From $143
Randolph Engineering Aviator - Bayonet Temple Sunglasses
Bright Chrome / AGX Glass Lens
From $160
Persol PO0714 - Folding Sunglasses
Havana / Crystal Brown Gradient Lens (24/51)
$320From $192
Persol PO9649S Sunglasses
Black / Crystal Green Lens (95/31)
$260From $156
Persol PO2747S Sunglasses
Havana / Crystal Green Lens (24/31)
$230From $138
Persol PO2803S Sunglasses
Black / Crystal Green Polarized Lens (95/58)
Randolph Engineering Aviator - Bayonet Temple Prescription Sunglasses
Bright Chrome
From $149
Prescription Lenses Extra
Persol PO3048S Sunglasses
Black / Crystal Green Lens (95/31)
$230From $138
Persol PO0649 Sunglasses
Black / Crystal Green Lens (95/31)
$260From $156
Oakley Flak 2.0 XL Prescription Sunglasses
Desolve Bare Camo
Prescription Lenses Extra
Persol PO3019S Sunglasses
Terra Di Siena / Crystal Blue Lens (96/56)
Persol PO3108S Sunglasses
Black / Green Lens (95/31)
$320From $192
Oakley Flak 2.0 Prescription Sunglasses
Matte Black
Prescription Lenses Extra
Oakley Holbrook Sunglasses
Matte Black/ Warm Gray (OO9102-01)
From $123
Persol PO3154S Sunglasses
Black / Grey Gradient Dark Grey Lens (104171)
$250From $150
Ray-Ban RB4171 - Erika Sunglasses
Light Havana / Green Lens (710/71)
From $128
Persol PO3059S Sunglasses
Brown-Beige Tortoise / Gradient Grey Lens (105671)
$270From $162
Oakley Flak 2.0 XL Sunglasses
Matte Black / Black Mirrored Iridium (OO9188-01)
From $163
Persol PO8649S Sunglasses
Brown-Beige Tortoise / Gradient Grey Lens (105671)
$350From $210
Persol PO3164S Sunglasses
Black / Green Lens (95/31)
$320From $192
RALPH by Ralph Lauren RA4004 Sunglasses
Brown-Tortoise / Brown Gradient Lens (104/13)
$89.95From $77.12
Prada PR 01OS Sunglasses
Havana / Green Gradient Lens (2AU1E0)
$270From $162
Persol PO3105S Sunglasses
Black / Green Lens (95/31)
$320From $192
Ray-Ban RB4147 Sunglasses
Top Matte Black On Red Transparent / Dark Grey Lens (617187)
From $143
Cazal 9056 Sunglasses
001 (Black & Gold / Grey Gradient Lens)
Oakley Gascan Sunglasses
Matte Black / Gray Lens (03-473)
From $103
Oakley Half Jacket 2.0 XL Prescription Sunglasses
Matte Black - Gunmetal Icon
Prescription Lenses Extra
Ray-Ban RB3016 - Clubmaster Sunglasses
Ebony-Arista / Crystal Green Lens (W0365)
From $153
Marc Jacobs Marc 119/S Sunglasses
Black / dark gray gradient (0807/9O)
Ray-Ban RB4175 - Oversized Clubmaster Sunglasses
Demi Shiny Black-Arista / Crystal Green Lens (877)
From $153

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