Having a beach wedding is dreamy. Getting to choose from a collection of gorgeous beach wedding dresses is even dreamier! After all, who can resist romantic seaside nuptials where the sun is shining (hopefully), your toes are in the sand, and waves are crashing in front of you. What’s not to love?
That is exactly why beach weddings are such a popular choice for so many couples. Why? You don’t need too much decor to achieve an effortless feel. Plus, you can often save with all-inclusive wedding package at a beachfront hotel. Then after the wedding, you can jump right into your honeymoon at a nearby resort! But one of the biggest perks? Getting to wear a beach wedding dress that looks equally as beautiful on the sand as it does in a ballroom.
From beach wedding dresses with a more bohemian vibe to sultry and form-fitting gowns, there are so many ways you can style a dress even Ariel would be jealous of. We’ve compiled a few of our favorite looks, below, that we think will be perfect alongside a little sun and sand. And while beach wedding dresses aren’t necessarily inexpensive, you do have so many more options to choose from given your naturally beautiful location. But first, let’s get into the basics!
Which material is best for beach wedding dresses?
When it comes to material for beach wedding dresses, you’ll want to look for breezy fabrics that are lightweight. (Unless of course you’re getting married in a chilly seaside location.) The best fabrics for beach wedding dresses include:
- Organza: This thin, sheer fabric is typically made of silk or a polyester blend
- Tulle: Similar to organza but more lightweight, tulle can be made of nylon, cotton, or silk (or a combo)
- Chiffon: More flowy than tulle, chiffon is lightweight and sheer
- Satin: Glossy and smooth, satin is a better alternative to silk because it is more wrinkle resistant
- Lace: A breathable, light fabric that is also durable
What type of wedding dress is good for a beach?
While you can get married in a big ballgown wedding dress on the beach, you might not be comfortable. When searching for the perfect beach wedding dress, start you search with wedding dress styles that are easier to walk on a sandy aisle and will allow you to move freely. The less fabric you have to wear (and carry around) the better! The best options include an a-line silhouette, fit and flare (meaning they have a fitted bodice and begin to flare at the skirt. Examples include mermaid and trumpet styles), and slim ballgowns (vs. full). Backless gowns also add a touch of glamour, especially for a minimalist bride.
Also, beach weddings are a great excuse for a more casual wedding dress that doesn’t cost a fortune. You can be a beach bride in a short dress with spaghetti straps and floral appliques. Or choose from ankle-length or mid-length dresses (or even shorter gowns with high-low hemlines) that are all fun to wear and offer a vintage or even boho chic vibe. Plus, if you’re planning a destination wedding, a shorter gown will be easier to pack and travel with.
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Can you wear a veil for a beach wedding?
If you have your heart set on wearing a veil, there is no reason you shouldn’t wear one to your beach wedding ceremony. For practical reasons, you might want to consider a fingertip veil or shorter (read more about veil lengths here) so it doesn’t drag in the sand. Also, think about adding veil weights in case it’s windy. These will weigh your veil down and help it stay in place (alongside a few strategically placed hair pins).
The best beach wedding dresses
Ready to shop for your big day? Whether you’re looking for an a-line gown with beads or midi-length dresses with an illusion neckline, these are perfect for beach ceremonies and dancing the night away under the stars or in a beautiful beachside ballroom.
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