27 Stunning Beach Wedding Dresses
If you're planning an oceanfront ceremony, you probably already know that your wedding dress will—in some way or another—play into the location. For some brides, this means donning a slinky, move-with-you silk sheath that won't blow up and away during gusty waterfront vows. For others, this implies finding a wedding dress that keeps them cool and protects them from the sun's rays thanks to shoulder-shading cap sleeves or a full-cover back. Whatever you decide to wear on the big day, keeping the elements top of mind while shopping will only increase your comfort when it's time to celebrate.
To help you search for the perfect beach wedding dress, we've rounded up our favorite gowns that brides wore to their own seaside nuptials. The main takeaway from these brides' looks? Whether you're throwing a nautical-inspired wedding or a fiesta on the sandy beaches of Mexico, most of you will want a beach-ready look that flows and moves as easy as an ocean breeze (just like this bride's floaty, backless number by Carol Hannah). But what if you've always envisioned a dramatic, figure-hugging mermaid wedding dress and a beach ceremony? Here's the good news: You don't have to give up one idea in order to have the other. Believe it or not, traditional ball gowns or trumpet silhouettes can feel right at home on the shoreline—all you have to do is go for it.
Though the silhouette you choose on your sun-soaked big day is entirely up to you, you'll want to make sure that you don't overheat. Several of the following brides prove how statement-making, unexpected beach garments can absolutely work to your advantage on warm-weather beaches. Click through to discover all of our favorite beach wedding dresses. Their versatility will definitely surprise you.
A Little Sheer
This bride's subtly-beaded Mira Zwillinger sheath shimmered under the warm sun—and showed a peek of leg, thanks to a semi-sheer skirt.
Though it wasn't a typical beach wedding dress choice, this bride's elevated Monique Lhuillier ball gown was beautifully juxtaposed against the casual, natural setting. The garment, was, however, perfectly designed for the warm weather—note the spaghetti straps and light-as-air skirt.
Boho-chic and entirely effortless, this laser-cut lace ensemble from Rue de Seine was the perfect choice for a wedding on the shores of Santa Marta, Colombia.
To honor her wedding location's constant sunshine, this bride donned a cheerful yellow frock by Sarah Seven for her sandy ceremony.
This bride's traditional Watters wedding dress—featuring a feminine sweetheart neckline, beaded belt, and trumpet skirt—felt decidedly classic, but still appropriate for the beach setting.
This bride kept her big-day ensemble simple, donning an effortless strapless A-line dress for her post-ceremony walk on the beach.
Light as Air
The floaty components of this bride's get-up—from the lightweight skirt of her Monique Lhuillier wedding dress to her matching veil—ensured she was comfortable under the sun.
See-through lace kept this bride's Essense of Australia wedding dress' corseted bodice from feeling too restrictive during the outdoor ceremony.
Color and palette played a major role at this couple's Mexico destination wedding, starting with the bride's bold, floral Lela Rose dress.
The lace floral appliqués on this bride's Pronovias wedding dress referenced the indigenous lotus blossoms surrounding the ocean-front ceremony site.
Her Jenny Packham gown's short, lace sleeves protected this bride's shoulders from the overhead rays.
Everything about this bride's Berta wedding dress—including the elegant crisscrossed pattern, the dramatic V-back, and subtle shimmer—referenced the celebration's overall theme: beachy sophistication.
Don't let this bride's fitted Lovely Bride wedding dress fool you—just a few hours later, she actually did "the worm" on the dance floor while wearing the garment. It was the ultimate choice for both the beach setting and celebratory, dance-filled evening.
This bride's illusion open-back Berta garment showed off her subtle tan, courtesy of her destination wedding location: Cancún.
For her Mexico beach wedding, this bride tried on just under a dozen dresses before choosing what she thought would be "the one." But, when it arrived she realized she hated it! So, she called her maid of honor and drove to a bridal boutique near her hometown, where she chose the first and only dress she tried on: an Enzoani lace sheath that happened to be hemmed to her exact height. If that's not fate, we don't know what is.
This bride donned an Oscar de la Renta gown, which matched the ocean water's hue and served as her "something blue."
Gown with Lace Appliqués
A lightweight, A-line Oscar de la Renta gown with Chantilly lace leaf appliqués was more than appropriate at this Thailand beach ceremony.