If the aisle of your impending wedding is made of soft white sand and your ceremony backdrop consists of roaring ocean waves, then you've come to the right page. As if wedding-dress shopping isn't overwhelming enough, choosing the right dress for a beach wedding is no easy task. Since the venue is typically more casual and the weather is warmer, there are a few extras to consider before saying yes to your dream beach wedding dress.
Light, airy, and delicate should refine your search. Look for fabrics and silhouettes that won't weigh you down and will keep you feeling cool and calm in the heat. Think a streamlined silhouette and shorter train—or skip the train altogether; the less volume, the better. Lean toward lighter fabrics like silk, chiffon, and organza. And if you're jetting off to a tropical island for a destination wedding, keep in mind how well the dress will travel; some fabrics wrinkle more easily than others.
And don't forget about the venue. A private beach along the French Riviera gives you a little more leeway to rock a more bedazzled gown than a low-key affair on a Caribbean island, for which a simpler strapless sheath gown may be more well suited.
If you still can't decide which way to go, these 10 dresses from the Spring 2018 collections are sure to give you a bit of beachy inspiration.
This Flora sheath offers up delicate lace detailing, adding a bit of boho to the balmy breezes.
Pronovias proves that you can still go classic in tropical attire. This gorgeous gown's silhouette offers up a dose of formality, while the layers of chiffon and the sleeveless style keep things light enough for a seaside setting.
If there was ever a place to show some leg, it's the beach! Reveal your tanned gams in this Marylise high-low wedding dress.
Equal parts laid-back and romantic, this Watters wedding dress perfectly captures the vibes of the beach.
Whoever said that beach-appropriate gowns aren't fashion-forward, say hello to this super-chic frock by Galia Lahav. Can't you just envision those chiffon sleeve accents billowing in the ocean breeze?
The lacy illusion bodice of this Lihi Hod number is as sultry and hot as the summer sun.
Crop tops are a total bridal fashion do—especially on the beach! The point d'esprit tulle and two-piece style of this Flora frock is whimsical and the very definition of fun in the sun.
For beach brides who prefer a minimalist aesthetic, this Savannah Miller wedding dress offers summer simplicity with an unfussy silhouette and off-the-shoulder neckline.
This Rebecca Ingram wedding dress emits a romantic softness, thanks to a sheer illusion neckline with floral lace detailing.
The intricate laser-cut lace of this Watters gown is just too cool, and the halter neckline will show off your sun-kissed arms. (Remember to pack sunscreen!)