The 5 Rules for Choosing the Perfect Beach Bridesmaids' Dress

Just a few things to keep in mind if you’ve gone ahead and booked your wedding on the sand

Updated 04/07/17

Photo by Ashley Caroline

After you’ve carefully selected your bridal squad for your upcoming wedding, the next thing you’ll want to do is pick out the perfect bridesmaids' dress so they can strut down the aisle. If you’ve gone ahead and booked a beach wedding, finding the right bridesmaids' dress might come with some rules and suggestions. An outdoor beach wedding comes with a set of challenges that an indoor wedding may not have, such as changes in weather, a more wobbly dance floor, and, of course, sticky sand.

Here are some rules to help you pick the perfect beach bridesmaids' dress.

1. Keep It Short
When picking out dresses, you may want to go with a short length so that the ends of the dress aren't dragging in the sand and the hemline isn't damaged by the beach wind and potential waves. Going short can also allow your bridesmaids to pick out cute shoes, whether they're flat sandals or something more formal, that make the dress pop with their personality.

2. Pick the Right Fabric
When determining what kind of fabric is best for a beach bridesmaids' dress, think about picking something that breathes, like chiffon or cotton. A casual look may be more comfortable for your squad of BFFs to wear when walking down the sandy aisle.

3. Remember the Season
Don't immediately think hot weather just because you're heading seaside. Sometimes, depending on the season, it can be chilly at night on the water. If you're getting married during a month that has seasonally cold temperatures after dark, consider adding a shawl or jacket to the dress you select.

4. Go With the Flow
A flowy bridesmaids' dress may blend better with a beach wedding vibe than one that is skintight. Since it may be a bit harder to move around on sand, you may want to pick a dress that ebbs and flows in the same way the palm trees do at the beach.

5. Simple Can Be Better
One big benefit of doing a beach wedding is that you don't have to splurge on fancy decorations, since the background scenery will wow your guests. That rule applies to bridesmaids' dresses too. Picking something that's softer in color may stand out more than you think outdoors in beach paradise.

Jen Glantz is the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire and the author of the new book Always a Bridesmaid (for Hire). She frequently wears old bridesmaids' dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.

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