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 something you can easily wear again either for your honeymoon or other warm-weather events. Accents like floral embellishments, lace trim, or eyelet embroidery will make an easier dress feel a bit 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. As long as your dress is flowy and breathable, it’ll be picture-perfect against crystal blue water on a sun-drenched day.
Purist beach brides-to-be will love the easiness of a simple slip, chiffon wrap dress, or a two-piece set. In wispy fabrics, cotton poplin, or sleek silk, the effect is unfussy and fresh—the perfect canvas for a colorful lei or blooming flower crown.
Ahead, we’ve rounded up the 35 best beach wedding dresses perfect for any bridal style.
Ludlow Gown by BHLDN
Be prepared to turn heads in this BHLDN graphic lace gown featuring an open back and cap sleeves. On the beach or by the dock, the sweeping train will be front and center. While the almond/ivory hue is flattering on all skin tones, traditional brides will love the sleek column silhouette.
SHOP NOW: BHLDN Ludlow Gown, $975
Space Gown by Suzanne Harward
This breathtaking ivory embroidered lace gown was made for a beach elopement in Maui. The exquisite double V-neckline is complemented by an A-line skirt that's flowy enough to catch a wave (or two). Oh, and did we mention that it has pockets?
SHOP NOW: Suzanne Harward, $4,990.12
Guinevere Gown by Markarian
For the minimalist bride with a penchant for romance, the "Guinevere" gown will astound. Details include a plunging neckline, sweet side cutouts, and a crystal trim that errs on the formal side. Whether you go barefoot in the sand or opt for an embellished block heel, don't forget to give the silk tiered skirt a twirl.
SHOP NOW: Markarian, $4,895
Portia Crop Top and Skirt Set by Fame and Partners x David's Bridal
A drama-inducing co-ord is practically a match made in heaven for seaside nuptials. A cropped bustier top offsets a slinky satin slip skirt for a dose of glamour. Up the ante—while showing off the flouncy asymmetrical hemline—with heeled ankle-strap sandals.
SHOP NOW: Fame and Partners x David's Bridal, $249.99 from $299
J. Mitchell Gown by Floravere
Make an entrance with this scene-stealing gown made from a luxe stretch crepe material. While the ultra-flattering silhouette accentuates in all the right places, it's the bow-tastic back that commands attention. From the beach to the reception, this stunner will have you going the distance.
SHOP NOW: Floravere, $1,975
Landon Crepe Wrap Jumpsuit by Fame and Partners x David's Bridal
For alternative brides, we stand by the idea of rocking a bridal jumpsuit for your big day. In addition to a leg-elongating silhouette, this summer-approved option boasts a sweet wrap-style bodice that can be worn a multitude of ways. Versatility is key here: Wrap the large ties around like a sash, tie them into a bow, or cross them all the way around the waist for a panache-packed ensemble.
SHOP NOW: Fame and Partners x David's Bridal, $249.99 from $299
Genevieve Gown by Catherine Deane
It's all in the details. Get ready to be swept away by this ethereal lace gown constructed from silk chiffon. With an illusion deep-V neckline fit for a bohemian beach goddess, this beauty is guaranteed to wow all on its own.
SHOP NOW: Catherine Deane, $1,650
Coco Gown by Grace Loves Lace
Equal parts seductive and flirty, this playful off-the-shoulder dress has all the makings for a destination wedding. If big flair is what you're after, then you won't be disappointed by the tiers of intricate lace that give the skirt dimension and personality. The sultry silhouette is free and flowy (never fussy), so you won't have any trouble striking your best moves on the dance floor.
SHOP NOW: Grace Loves Lace, $2,620
The Dawson Sheath Dress by Lela Rose
Set sail on a holiday weekend affair with a look that's worthy of the Hamptons. This sophisticated embroidered sheath dress has a yacht wedding written all over it. The conservative tea-length in soft white is complemented by sashay-worthy fringe and elegant spaghetti straps.
SHOP NOW: Lela Rose, price upon request
Coral Dress by Halfpenny London
Inspired by the "untamed beauty of the ocean" and the city of Atlantis, this ultra-sleek dress is rooted in modernity. The carefree silhouette, open back, and shoulder tie straps are a match for any coastline backdrop.
SHOP NOW: Halfpenny London, price upon request
Shoshana Dress by LoveShackFancy
Behold, the fairytale-esque heirloom gown of your dreams. With grosgrain ribbon shoulder ties and intricate lace details, this beauty will have you counting down the days until your beach elopement. The skirt features a slightly longer hem in the front and back for heightened drama.
SHOP NOW: LoveShackFancy, $1,895
Remi by Allure Bridals
For dramatic effect, we can't resist a dress that's dripping in lace. This cold-shoulder style boasts extra-wide sleeves and a train that's meant to be admired from a distance (think: a venue overlooking the ocean).
SHOP NOW: Allure Bridals, price upon request
Persephone Embellished Broderie Anglaise Cotton Midi Dress by Markarian
Ibiza, here we come. From the faux pearl embellishments to the modern silhouette, this stunner is the epitome of beachy sophistication. Let the dress have its shining moment by accessorizing your laidback beach waves (or chignon) with a delicate hair comb.
SHOP NOW: Moda Operandi, $1,895
Amanda Dress by Nouvelle Amsale
Understated glamour, right this way. For your destination wedding set in an exotic locale, we recommend this gorgeous V-neck crepe gown. The timeless silhouette is complemented by floral lace cap sleeves, an open back, and an even more striking train. If you're taller than 5'8", then you may want to consider ordering the extra-length option.
SHOP NOW: Amsale, $2,495
Isla Tiered Wedding Dress by Whistles
Say "I do" to the bohemian wedding dress of your dreams. While the silk body is sleek, it's the playful lace-trimmed tiers that add dimension. The simple double-straps make it the perfect choice for any palm tree-lined venue.
SHOP NOW: Whistles, $1,299
Vivienne Dotted Lace Dress by Dreamers & Lovers
Beautiful from every angle, this needlecraft dress is 360-degrees of utter perfection. Look closely and you'll notice feminine details such as a boho-inspired crochet trim and sheer dotted lace sleeves. The plunging back and cathedral length train will give wedding guests something to remember.
SHOP NOW: Dreamers & Lovers, $1,745
Minnie Dress by L. Wells Bridal
A bridal slip dress with come-hither appeal does exist. This universally flattering crinkle silk chiffon cowl dress features a scallop-trimmed lace slip and an airy open back. For an intimate ceremony on a secluded beach, opt for a simple 'do and classic pumps.
SHOP NOW: L. Wells Bridal, $2,150
Placid Gown by Tadashi Shoji
You'll be the spitting image of class and sophistication in this lace gown that's as effortless as it is regal. The silhouette sets out to define your figure with a defined waist, a slim skirt, and a tasteful deep-V neckline. (The flouncy ruffled sleeves are just a fun bonus). Meanwhile, ladder insets help to create movement right down to the beach-friendly peekaboo slit.
SHOP NOW: BHLDN, $650
Rose Wedding Dress by Whistles
Not to be outdone, the timeless Bardot neckline on this A-line lace gown (available in ivory and ivory/multi) rules supreme. From there, our eyes are instantly drawn to the boned bodice and raised front hemline that's practically made for frolicking on the sand. While your dress is the main act, a pair of lace-up sandals will elevate your bridal look.
SHOP NOW: Whistles, $1,199
Verdelle 2.0 Gown by Grace Loves Lace
Crafted with the most free-spirited bride in mind, this serenely beautiful gown will have you basking in the sun. It's made from a stretchy ivory French lace that fits like magic. A plunging neckline, mid-thigh slit, and cape-like sleeves won't go unnoticed as you make your way down the aisle.
SHOP NOW: Grace Loves Lace, $1,480
Winslow Dress by Reformation
Nothing says spur-of-the-moment beach elopement like a versatile wrap dress that can be tossed on over a bikini. Available in a slew of colorways including ivory, blush, and champagne, this relaxed fit Reformation dress caters to many styles. Dress up the kimono sleeves with a flower crown and you'll be good to go.
SHOP NOW: Reformation, $268
N. Simone Dress by Floravere
Roll out the red carpet—this is what we call a triple threat. A plunging front, scandalous back, and captivating lace accents make this beach-appropriate bridal slip dress a perfect 10. The train fans out to reveal a strikingly gorgeous panel of lace and plenty of party-in-the-back action.
SHOP NOW: Floravere, $1,675
Juliana Dress by L. Wells Bridal
We're not swooning—you're swooning. Crafted from the most heavenly crinkle chiffon, this angelic gown (available in ivory, blush, and lavender) will have you floating down the aisle. The exquisite draping directs the eye downward from the deep-V to the thigh-grazing slit.
SHOP NOW: L. Wells Bridal, $2,300
Elia Rainbow Dress by Stine Goya
West Coast brides, we haven't forgotten about your SoCal roots. Let your effortless-cool personality shine through with this flowy rainbow printed dress that's accentuated by a button-down closure and raglan sleeves. Whether you opt for Tevas or strappy gladiators, the transition from beach to boardwalk will be an easy one.
SHOP NOW: Stine Goya, $460
When deciding on your beach wedding shoes, be sure to take the venue and dress code into consideration. If you're tying the knot directly on the sand, then flat sandals or espadrilles are your best bet. For a more formal ceremony with an ocean view, a higher stacked heel or embellished ankle-strap sandal will suffice.
Halsey Skirt by LoveShackFancy
You hit the jackpot with a venue that's ripe with history and heritage, now you need a vintage-inspired look to fit the scenery. Channel your inner barefoot island princess with a midriff-baring crop top and a romantic high-low skirt that's ready to hit the dance floor. Antique mesh and a scalloped hemline combine for an epic first look.
SHOP NOW: LoveShackFancy, $1,295
Stellar Wedding Dress by Incandescent Bridal
Don't let the one slip away. This enchanting silk charmeuse gown is the pièce de résistance that will have everyone talking. Here, a plunging neckline is offset by a delicate Swiss dot overlay skirt that's made for twirling. Besides ivory, it can also be purchased in blush, navy, and black.
SHOP NOW: Incandescent Bridal, $3,474
Satin-Trimmed Embroidered Tulle Gown by Needle & Thread
Ever the blushing bride, you'll want to call dibs on this frothy pastel-pink creation that's constructed from layers of tulle and embroidery. For a beach wedding, why not opt for something besides the traditional wedding white? The flirty neckline is accompanied by sweet ruffles and a flattering A-line silhouette that's made for Cinderella (glass slippers not required).
SHOP NOW: Net-a-Porter, $1,043.29
Havana Lace Maxi Dress by Alexis
Not all beach weddings are created equal. Whether you find yourself eloping in the Caribbean or a luxury resort in Saint Lucia, this boho-glam wedding dress will be your ticket to paradise. Distinctly feminine details include a scalloped neckline and tiers of ornate lace.
SHOP NOW: Moda Operandi, $1,230
Ostro Sleeveless Wedding Dress by Pronovias
This sleek and sophisticated crepe V-neck gown is beckoning the approval of summer brides. Floral spaghetti straps and a lacy illusion back give way to a figure-flattering silhouette that speaks for itself. For an oceanfront ceremony, what more could you ask for?
SHOP NOW: Pronovias, price upon request
Kyra by Allure Bridals
Let this intricately patterned lace gown (also available in sand/ivory/nude and nude/champagne/ivory color variations) have its shining moment. The breathtaking A-line silhouette will dazzle for an Italian wedding on the Amalfi Coast or Cannon Beach if you're after a more rugged aesthetic.
SHOP NOW: Allure Bridals, price upon request
Boyd Dress by Willowby by Watters
Featuring a halter neckline, pretty lace accents, and well-placed cutouts, the shape of this gown flatters in all the right places while still allowing movement. Take it to the next level with gold-toned jewelry and a sleek ponytail for a high-impact look.
SHOP NOW: Watters, from $1,350
As a rule of thumb, your bridal accessories should complement—not overwhelm or compete with—your wedding day look.
Prosecco Dress by Reformation
Getting hitched while on vacay has officially never looked so good. Easy on, easy off, this smocked back dress is just right for a stint at the beach. It's made from a lightweight georgette fabric (to withstand the hot summer heat) and features a sweet tie-front bow.
SHOP NOW: Reformation, $298
Kylie Gown by Dana Harel
For the bride who wants it all. From the slightly risque corset-style top to the handmade pearl beaded tulle skirt, this show-stopping gown is ready for a seaside fête.
SHOP NOW: LOHO Bride, $7,000
Billy Dress by By Romance
While the relaxed shift silhouette reads beach-casual, it's the removable tulle petticoat (wear it during the ceremony and ditch it for the after-party) that brings the pomp and circumstance. Due to the abbreviated length, you won't have to worry about the hemline dragging in the sand.
SHOP NOW: LOHO Bride, $495