Beach wedding dresses capture an easy-to-wear feeling without sacrificing on style. Low back moments mix with boho-print laces, creating simple wedding gowns worthy of a seaside ceremony. Inspired by the wild nature of the ocean, wedding dresses for the beach are effortless, breezy and light-as-air, capturing the beauty of the coastline. From the coasts of New England to the beaches of Saint-Tropez, beach weddings are a style all of their own.

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Common Questions

What is the best material for a beach wedding dress?

Beach brides, you’ll want to choose a wedding dress that evokes a light, airy and effortless feel. Look for wedding gowns with crepe chiffon skirts, lightweight tulle and delicate lace to ensure comfort.

What does a bride wear to a beach wedding?

If you’re planning a beach wedding, decide what type of wedding theme you’re going for. If you’re all in on “nautical,” choose a boho yet sophisticated mermaid or sheath silhouette. Still want the drama of a ballroom wedding with the warmth and natural elements of the beach? You can choose a soft and relaxed Chiffon A-line gown. Pair sandals, flats or bare feet with your beach wedding dress and make sure you’re able to walk down the sandy aisle easily. Beach weddings are often a bit windy due to natural elements, so we suggest choosing an elbow-length veil that won’t fly into the faces of your bridesmaids mid-ceremony.

How to travel with a wedding dress to a destination wedding?

If you’re planning a destination wedding, properly packing your wedding dress is key! We recommend calling your airline ahead of time and asking how they handle large, delicate items. If it’s in your budget, fly first-class or priority boarding so you can store it carefully. Invest in a proper garment bag that will keep your gown safe and clean. Ask a flight attendant if you’re able to hang it in a front closet, but know that you can pack it in the overhead bin (laid flat on top of the other passengers’ suitcases, or rolled if absolutely needed.) Be sure to pack a portable steamer and hang your dress up properly as soon as you reach your final destination.

Where to buy a beach wedding dress?

Essense of AustraliaMartina Liana and Stella York all carry a variety of gorgeous beach wedding gowns! Take a look at their gown galleries then use the store locator to find a retailer near you. Make sure your bridal consultant knows that you’re planning a beach wedding prior to your first appointment.

What to wear under a beach wedding dress?

Because beach weddings often mean warm weather, try to wear as little as possible by opting for cups sewn into your wedding dress. You can find lightweight shapewear to pair with your gown depending on the style, cuts and silhouette. Check out our shapewear blog for a variety of options to pair underneath your beach wedding dress!