Bridesmaid Dresses for Destination Weddings

For a bridal party that's headed out of town, these destination-approved bridesmaid dresses are as pretty as they are practical

Beaches are some of the most popular wedding destinations, and with good reason. The crashing waves, painting-like sunsets, and warm, vacation-y vibes make it fun for the whole guest list. When choosing bridesmaid dresses for beach nuptials, mind those hot temperatures. Opt for short or mini hems, halter or strapless necklines, and airy chiffons to keep them happy and breezy. A shorter hemline will also make sand or water a non-issue! If you do want your bridesmaids in long dresses, pick flowy skirts that they can wear with sand-friendly flats or sandals. And, of course, colors like canary yellows, papaya pinks and watery blues (or preppy stripes for a New England bash) will enhance the surfside charm of any celebration.

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Bridesmaid Dresses for Beach Destination Weddings

Melissa Koehler and Jena Olson

Beaches are some of the most popular wedding destinations, and with good reason. The crashing waves, painting-like sunsets, and warm, vacation-y vibes make it fun for the whole guest list. When choosing bridesmaid dresses for beach nuptials, mind those hot temperatures. Opt for short or mini hems, halter or strapless necklines, and airy chiffons to keep them happy and breezy. A shorter hemline will also make sand or water a non-issue! If you do want your bridesmaids in long dresses, pick flowy skirts that they can wear with sand-friendly flats or sandals. And, of course, colors like canary yellows, papaya pinks and watery blues (or preppy stripes for a New England bash) will enhance the surfside charm of any celebration.

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J. Crew

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"Kylie" silk chiffon A-line one-shoulder dress with fitted bodice, $250, J. Crew

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Gemy Maalouf

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Style LPS 13 3458, chiffon deep V-neck dress with lace sleeves and yellow waist belt in orange, $1,400, Gemy Maalouf

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BHLDN

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"Thalia" maxi silk chiffon, one-shoulder dress with ruched waist and a cascading tie at the shoulder, $320, BHLDN

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Jim Hjelm

John Aquino

Two-tone pink V-neck bridesmaid dress, Jim Hjelm

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Kirribilla

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Kirribilla "Lucy" striped scoop-neck dress in bright raspberry, $410, available at Weddington Way

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Joanna August

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"Dani" chiffon dress with bodice ruffle in going to the chapel $250, Joanna August available at Weddington Way

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Jenny Yoo

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"Gigi" front and back V-neck dress with soft drape ruffle, $295, Jenny Yoo

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Wtoo

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Style 597, navy crystal chiffon V-neck dress with shirred above-the-knee skirt with royal crystal chiffon band at hem, $192, Wtoo

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Bridesmaid Dresses for City Destination Weddings

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Brides planning a city destination wedding can worry less about the weather than beach brides—most urban soirees take place indoors and therefore, more emphasis should be placed on the venue's vibe when choosing bridesmaid dresses. Sleek satins and shiny silks are ideal for modern, downtown weddings. Hemlines and sleeves are more flexible, based on the bride's preference and the season. Sophisticated details like sequins, cap sleeves, and metallic belts help celebrate the glamour of a city wedding no matter the season.

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Kirribilla

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"Arabella" sequin dress, $440, Kirribilla

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Wtoo

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Style 226, charcoal luminescent taffeta spaghetti strap floor-length dress with shirred full skirt, pockets and black horse hair and grosgrain ribbon belt, $220, Wtoo available at Weddington Way

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Donna Morgan

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"Emily" strapless floor-length bridesmaid dress, $198, Donna Morgan available at Weddington Way

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Jenny Yoo

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"Piper" luxe shantung dress in silver, $235, Jenny Yoo available at Weddington Way

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David's Bridal

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Style F15409, one-shoulder, asymmetrically draped bridesmaid dress in matte crepe with grosgrain sash and back-bow detail in plum, $149, David's Bridal

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Alfred Sung

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V-neck cocktail dress, style D502, $190, Alfred Sung available at Weddington Way

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Alfred Angelo

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Style 7238, satin V-neck dress in navy, $199, Alfred Angelo available at Weddington Way

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Kirribilla

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"Liddy" silk metallic dress in blue multi-stripe, $385, Kirribilla available at Weddington Way

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Bridesmaid Dresses for Garden Destination Weddings

Amy and Stuart Photography

A garden wedding can take place anywhere, from the Tuscan hills to a suburban park. Wherever the region, use your bridesmaid dresses to conjure up the idyllic setting of your outdoor venue. Flowery prints and lace are great, whether the hem be short or long, as are greens and pastels of any shade. Cotton is always a reliable fabric in case the weather looks iffy.

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Monique Lhuillier

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Style 450092, faux wrap side drape printed taffeta dress with sash, $298, Monique Lhuillier

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Lela Rose

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Style LR182, Lela Rose matte satin and lace bridesmaid dress in punch, $310, available at Weddington Way

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J. Crew

Yellow one-shoulder bridesmaid dress, $235, J. Crew

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Kirribilla

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Kirribilla "Dahlia" silk dupioni dress with layered ruffle sleeves and side-tucked skirt in blush pink, $450, available at Weddington Way

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Dessy Collection

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Style 2832, Dessy Collection sweetheart floor-length dress with shirred bodice and matching flower detail in Isabella print, $244, available at Weddington Way

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Joanna August

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Joanna August "Lacey" ruffled faux wrap dress with waist bow in tiny dancer, $245, available at Weddington Way

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Amsale

Thomas Iannaccone

Floor-length spaghetti strap bridesmaid dress, Amsale

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Dessy Collection

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Strapless sweetheart floor-length dress, Dessy Collection

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Bridesmaid Dresses for Mountain Destination Weddings

Laura Leigh Photo

What's more romantic than saying "I do" with the backdrop of, say, the Rocky Mountains? Not a whole lot. Rustic, mountainside weddings are the perfect opportunity to embrace rich, earthy tones in your bridesmaid dresses. If your mountain wedding is in the winter, give your 'maids long sleeves or a floor-length hem for some extra coverage. Summer weddings can be warm, so strapless dresses in forest greens, cabernet reds, or chocolate browns, are a great way to mix it up.

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After Six

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Halter floor-length dress, style 6613, $230, After Six available at Weddington Way

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J. Crew

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A-line jersey dress with wrapped bodice and cap sleeves, style 41752, $250, J. Crew

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Ivy & Aster

"Orchid" dress in Monet print, Ivy & Aster

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Aria Bridesmaids

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Style 107KC, strapless lace bridesmaid dress with a sweetheart neckline, $198, Aria Bridesmaids

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Watters

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Style 8518, knee-length crinkle chiffon V-neck dress with inset satin ribbon at waist in midori, $254, Watters available at Weddington Way

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Joanna August

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"Holly" floor-length chiffon dress with long sleeves in all tomorrows parties, $265, Joanna August available at Weddington Way

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Alfred Sung

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Cocktail-length halter dress, style D441, $164, Alfred Sung available at Weddington Way

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After Six

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Style 6581, V-neck dress with matching satin trim at waist and hem in oyster, $198, After Six available at Weddington Way

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Bridesmaid Dresses for Vineyard Destination Weddings

Kate Webber Photography

With options like Napa Valley, Italy, Sonoma Valley, Provence, and countless other drop-dead gorgeous locales, it's no surprise that vineyards are perennially popular wedding destinations. When choosing bridesmaid dresses for such a celebration, don't be afraid to go for Merlot reds or vine greens. Embellished shoulder straps, ladylike bows and lace details evoke the stunning scenery. Floor-length dresses are also a festive option if you take the party inside after "I do."

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Wtoo

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Style 295, full-length sweetheart dress, $216, Wtoo available at Weddington Way

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Kirribilla

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"Cecile" bridesmaid dress in silk wool, $420, Kirribilla available at Weddington Way

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Watters

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"Heather" lace cocktail-length dress, $340, Watters available at Weddington Way

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Jenny Yoo

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Bateau neckline dress with tulip skirt, style "Hadley," $225, Jenny Yoo

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J. Crew

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"Arabelle" knee-length strapless sweeetheart dress in ditzy floral, $275, J. Crew

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Amsale

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Style G777C, V-neck knee-length dress in cranberry, $280, Amsale

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Alfred Angelo

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Full-length one-shoulder dress, style 7138L, $175, Alfred Angelo available at Weddington Way

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J. Crew

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A-line, hand-draped v-neck chiffon dress, style 93100, $250, J. Crew

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