26 Beach Wedding Dresses Perfect for a Seaside Ceremony

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Rebecca Yale

Brides-to-be who are planning seaside nuptials have so many options when it comes to finding their perfect wedding dress. The right gown can be anything from casual and laid back to elegant and voluminous—it really depends on the overall style of the wedding. While boho chic is typically the go-to style for beach ceremonies, you shouldn't feel required to stick with that look.

For a no-frills ceremony, you might want to pick a non-traditional beach wedding dress that feels simple and relaxed, like something short that won't be dragged through the sand or something more modern like a sleek jumpsuit. If you're going for a ceremony that is more formal, a ballgown or stylish A-line gown can look unexpected in just the right way. For a more feminine look, opt for gowns with embellishments like florals or beads.

Read on for the best beach wedding dresses perfect for any bridal style.

Best Mermaid: Lulus Remarkable Moment White Floral Embroidered Lace-Up Maxi Dress

mermaid dress


Size Range: 0-12 | Length: Maxi

This flowing, bohemian wedding gown fits in nicely with a beach setting. The flared hem creates a flattering mermaid shape while a lace-up back makes for an eye-catching and sexy look.

Best Back Detail: Lulus Loving the Moment White Lace-Up Maxi Dress

lace up back


Size Range: XS-XL | Length: Floor-length | Material: Polyester

From the front, this crepe maxi dress looks fairly simple with a slit up the leg and a pleated bodice. The back features an unexpected lace-up detail that makes this come off as more trendy and modern.

Best Budget: Lulus Heavenly Hues White Maxi Dress

white maxi dress


Size Range: XXS-3X | Length: Floor-length | Material: Georgette fabric

There's no rule that you have to spend a lot on your wedding dress. This maxi dress comes in at under $100 and has a beautiful flowy look that will look right at home against the sand.

Best Sheer Look: Heartloom Della Lace Gown

wedding dress


Size Range: XS-L | Length: Floor-length | Material: Lace

All-over lace and a nude slip underneath gives the appearance of a sheer look that is sexy without being over-the-top. The detailing and soft flare of the skirt are what makes this dress so special.

Best Open-Back: Galina Signature Floral Appliqué Open Back Tulle Wedding Dress

Open-back wedding dress

David's Bridal

Size Range: 0-14 | Length: Floor-length | Material: Polyester

The crystal-encrusted bodice of this dress will catch the light reflecting off the ocean in a beautiful way. We love the open-back and flowing and delicate tulle skirt.

Best Midi: Show Me Your Mumu Garden Midi Dress

midi dress

Show Me Your Mumu

Size Range: XXS-XXL | Length: Ankle-length | Material: Luxe Satin

A midi dress is a less formal choice for a beach wedding because you don't have to worry about dragging the skirt through the sand. This one with a square neckline, a front slit, and a fitted bodice is effortlessly chic and comfortable.

Best Short Sleeves: ASOS EDITION Curve Embellished Bodice Wedding Dress

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Size Range: US 0-26 | Length: Floor-length | Material: Mesh and chiffon

An embellished bodice and sleeves that hit at your elbows offer a little more coverage without looking like too much fabric for a beach wedding. We love the simple skirt paired with the vine-like accents.

Best Long Sleeves: Willowby by Watters Cameron Gown

long sleeves


Size Range: Standard 0-15, Plus 16W-26W | Length: Floor-length | Material: Strech mesh

If the weather may be on the cooler side, long sleeves are a good option for an outdoor wedding. Mesh offers a breathable and airy feel, and the corseted top is a nice balance that makes this one so romantic.

Best Jumpsuit: ML Monique Lhuillier Doutzen V-Neck Jumpsuit

ML Monique Lhuillier Doutzen V-Neck Jumpsuit

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Size Range: 0-18 | Length: Floor-length | Material: Polyester charmeuse

Not interested in the traditional bridal gown? This silky charmeuse jumpsuit is both modern and sophisticated, with interesting side slits and simple slim straps.

Best Lace: Rish Haleh Lace Gown

lace dress


Size Range: Standard 0-16, Plus 16W-26W | Length: Floor-length | Material: Knit graphic lace

Lace feels just right for a beach wedding, and this fit-and-flare gown offers a lovely silhouette that doesn't feel too fussy. There is some beadwork for a little added embellishment, and we love the flutter sleeves.

Most Feminine: Riki Dalal Joan Long Sleeve Lace Gown

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Size Range: 0-16 | Length: Floor-length | Material: Polyester, nylon, rayon

Floral lace, a Swarovski crystal belt, a plunging illusion neckline, and an exposed back make this dreamy gown feel like the epitome of romance and femininity. We love the sheer long sleeves.

Best Cutouts: BHLDN Marina Gown

strapless gown featuring large-scale cutwork and removable puff sleeves

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Size Range: Standard 0-16, Plus 16W-26W | Length: Floor-length | Material: Cotton silk taffeta

Off-the-shoulder puff sleeves, a full and voluminous skirt, and cotton silk taffeta come together to create a dramatic and unique gown that will certainly stand out. We love the cut-out details along the hem that give this dress a more boho feel.

Best Floral: Willowby by Watters Whitney Gown

wedding dress


Size Range: Standard 0-15, Plus 16W-26W | Length: Floor-length | Material: Swiss dot tulle

Floral appliques are dusted across the bodice and down the light tulle skirt of this romantic and feminine gown. The skirt will look so lovely in contrast to the sand.

Best Puff Sleeves: LoveShackFancy Ryan Dress

puff sleeves dress


Size Range: 00-10 | Length: Floor-length | Material: Catalina lace

It doesn't get much more classic than a universally flattering A-line silhouette. This one features sweet puff sleeves and is crafted from sheer lace that is sure to catch the sunlight beautifully.

Most Diaphanous : LoveShackFancy Sarabi Gown

wedding dress


Size Range: 00-14 | Length: Floor-length | Material: Lace

Tiers of lace, a flowing skirt, and an English bustle at the backside give this gown a decidedly cottage core-meets-beach aesthetic. Wear your hair down and accessorize with delicate personal jewelry for a completely effortless look.

For a Casual Ceremony: Dolce & Gabbana Cotton-Blend Corded Lace Maxi Dress

lace dress


Size Range: IT 36-50 | Length: Floor-length | Material: White stretch-knit

Made with corded lace and featuring a relaxed fit, this maxi dress feels comfortable and breathable on a hot summer's day. A subtle lace trim neckline and fun scalloped hem make this dress feel perfect for a more casual ceremony.

For a Daytime Wedding: Galvan Sevilla Cotton-Blend Lace Gown

lace gown


Size Range: FR 34-44 | Length: Floor-length | Material: Cotton-blend lace

There is nothing casual about this romantic lace gown, with a high front slit with a scalloped edge and a small but beautiful train. Still, the lace design and the elbow-length sleeves make this just right for a daytime ceremony.

Best Tulle Skirt: Phase Eight Annalise Beaded Wedding Dress

Beaded Wedding Dress

Phase Eight

Size Range: US 2-14 | Length: Maxi | Material: Polyester

Intricate beading in floral shapes makes this gown ideal for spring and summer weddings. The fluttering tulle skirt feels elegant and ballet-chic and creates a dress that is easy to walk (and dance) in.

For the Minimalist Bride: Sachin & Babi Sabrina Gown

empire maxi dress made with subtly textured chiffon

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Size Range: 0-14 | Length: Floor-length | Material: Polyester

This dress is simple and romantic, and it's in an off-white shade that will look subtly different. The floral straps and front slit make it anything but boring, but it's still ideal for that clean, minimalist look.

Best Off-the-Shoulder: Reformation Butterfly Dress

off the shoulder dress


Size Range: 0-12 | Length: Ankle-length | Material: Viscose

Both casual and romantic, this off-the-shoulder dress feels simple in the best way. A fitted bodice and flared hem give this one a really nice fit for any body type.

Best Slit Detail: DB Studio Ruched Spaghetti Strap Jersey Dress with Lace Slit

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David's Bridal

Size Range: 0-14 | Length: Floor-length | Material: Jersey

Between the thin spaghetti straps and jersey material, this maxi dress feels like it was made for an outdoor summer wedding. The lace along the slit is a pretty detail that really stands out.

Best Two Piece: Reformation Yucca Linen Two Piece

Reformation Yucca Linen Two Piece

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Size Range: 0-12 | Length: Floor-length | Material: Embroidered tulle and pearls

It's hard to imagine a better wedding setting for a crop top and skirt than a beach. This summery and casual outfit will feel just right for seaside nuptials, and can easily be dressed up or down.

Best Halter-Neck: Theia Maple Dress

halter dress

Theia Couture

Size Range: XS-XL | Length: Floor-length | Material: Crepe

A draped halter neck makes for a unique neckline. It doesn't feel too stuffy thanks to the keyhole detail and the sleek, elegant skirt.

Best Wrap Dress: Reformation Winslow Dress

Size Range: XS-XL | Length: Floor-length | Material: Georgette fabric

When you're going for a more simple look, you really can't go wrong with a classic wrap dress. This one has a minimalist tone that is beautifully made and will feel incredibly comfortable all day and night long.

For the Afterparty: Markarian Bowen Bow Shoulder White Floral Appliqué Mini Dress

Mini Dress


Size Range: 0-16 | Length: Mini | Material: 0-16

Throwing an afterparty complete with a beach bonfire? This mini dress will complete the night. The bow details on the shoulders and the long train in the back are so unexpected in the best way.

Best Added Sparkle: Jenny Yoo Martina Dress

Wedding Dress

Jenny Yoo

Size Range: 0-18 | Length: Floor-length | Material: Dahlia sequin lace and luxe chiffon

This soft and feminine gown features a flowing chiffon skirt that will look so nice against the water, as well as a tulle illusion bodice and satin trim. The bodice is studded with clear sequins for the perfect amount of sparkle.

What to Look For in a Beach Wedding Dress

Since beach weddings typically happen in the summer or late spring, you may want to choose fabrics that are more comfortable and breathable for warmer weather. This can include cotton, linen, lightweight silk, chiffon, or lace.

While fabrics like satin and crepe certainly aren't off the table completely, they might feel a little more restricting. You should also consider the hemline of your dress. If you are getting married in the sand, an ankle-length or shorter gown would work best.

  • What kind of dress should I wear to a beach wedding?

    Casual beach brides may opt for shorter frocks, midi-length dresses, or high-low hemlines. If you want to wear something more formal, turn to flowing A-line silhouettes.

  • Do I need to wear shoes as a beach bride?

    For beach brides, shoes are optional! If you envision yourself walking down the aisle barefoot in the sand, then go for it. However, if you prefer to wear shoes, consider flat sandals, sturdy wedges, or block heels.

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