Beach Wedding Dresses Perfect for a Seaside Ceremony

For brides-to-be planning seaside nuptials, beach wedding dresses can easily feel too fussy when you’re going for laid-back ease. However, saying ‘I do’ with your toes in the sand hardly means your wedding dress should feel anything less than extraordinary.

Beach wedding dresses run the gamut from incredibly casual to supremely decorative—it’s all about finding one that suits your personality and style of beach wedding (which can also range from a private ceremony to a formal tented affair). As a starting point, lightweight silk, chiffon or lace are ideal fabrics to look for.

If your goal is a beach wedding dress that’s as casual as your regular assortment of summer frocks, a midi length, high-low hem or asymmetrical silhouette all come with an easy-going sensibility that’s still sophisticated. Whether done in cotton, crochet or swingy chiffon, a shorter hemline feels innately relaxed and is definitely something you can easily wear again either for your honeymoon or for warm-weather events like brunches, birthdays, and garden parties. Accents like floral embellishments, lace trim or eyelet embroidery will make an easier dress feel a skosh more spectacular for your wedding day.

For the seaside bride seeking a full gown, simpler, fluid shapes and figure-faltering cuts are best—the beach hardly feels like a time for a voluminous ball gown, diaphanous layers or a massive train. Loosely woven lace, relaxed embroidery, flouncy tiers, and sheer panels give a simpler silhouette a beachy feel, but are elegant and eye-catching details for those craving more design. So long as your dress is flowy and breathable, it’ll be picture perfect against crystal blue water on a sun-drenched day.

Berta Style 18-04

Berta Style 18-04

Wilderly Bridal F115-Lily Lace Nude Dress

Whistles Rose Wedding Dress

Whistles Rose Wedding Dress

Whistles Isla Tiered Wedding Dress

Whistles Isla Tiered Wedding Dress

Tadashi Shoji Sioux Sleeveless Slit Gown

Tadashi Shoji Sioux Sleeveless Slit Gown

Tadashi Shoji Placid Gown

Tadashi Shoji Placid Gown

Suzanne Howard Space Gown

Suzanne Howard Space Gown

Rime Arodaky Zane Gown

Reformation Winslow Dress

Reformation Winslow Dress

Pronovias Efia Backless Wedding Dress

Pronovias Efia Backless Wedding Dress

Nouvelle Amsale Amanda Dress

Nouvelle Amsale Amanda Dress

Margaux Tardits Saly Wedding Dress

Margaux Tardits Saly Wedding Dress

Lela Rose The Dawson

Lela Rose The Dawson

Lakum Rose Wedding Dress

Lakum Rose Wedding Dress

Johanna Ortiz El Lenguaje De Las Flores Guipure Lace Dress

Johanna Ortiz El Lenguaje De Las Flores Guipure Lace Dress

Jenny Yoo Celine in Bridal Crepe

Jenny Yoo Celine in Bridal Crepe

Halfpenny London Coral Wedding Dress

Halfpenny London Coral Wedding Dress

Grace Loves LaceVerdelle 2.0

Grace Loves LaceVerdelle 2.0

Grace Loves Lace Poet Gown

Grace Loves Lace Poet Gown

Dreamers & Lovers Azalea Lace Gown

Dreamers & Lovers Azalea Lace Gown

DB Studio Tiered Lace Sheath Gown with Openwork Insets

DB Studio Tiered Lace Sheath Gown with Openwork Insets

Danielle Frankel Rena Wedding Dress

Danielle Frankel Rena Wedding Dress

Catherine Kowalski Bridal Stella Beach Wedding Dress

Catherine Kowalski Bridal Stella Beach Wedding Dress

Catherine Deane Genevieve Gown

Catherine Deane Genevieve Gown

Bo & Luca Janis Gown

Bo & Luca Janis Gown

BHLDN Ludlow Gown

BHLDN Ludlow Gown