One of the first steps in planning a wedding is choosing a wedding venue—and if you’ve chosen a venue on the water, one of the next big items to check off your wedding planning to-do list is choosing the perfect dress for your beach ceremony.
But what kind of dress should you choose? What cuts, fabrics, and styles tend to work best for a beach wedding?
Whether you’re looking for a regal wedding gown or a more casual beach wedding dress, let’s take a look at nine wedding dresses that would be perfect for a beach ceremony—so you can get your creative juices flowing and find the inspiration you need to find the perfect beach wedding dress for you:
When you’re spending your wedding day on the beach, you want a dress that’s easy to move in. The J. Mitchell Dress by Floravere hits all the right notes. The material, a “luxe stretch crepe [that] moves with you so you can dance all night long,” allows for easy movement (and dancing)—and, while the classic silhouette, with a fitted top and slight trumpet skirt, is universally flattering, the low cut back and dramatic bow detail make this dress a total standout.
Many beach weddings embrace a more casual, laid-back vibe—and if that’s the vibe you’re going for with your wedding, a dress that’s too fussy, structured, or over-the-top would feel out of place. With its embroidered top and straight-leg bottom, this jumpsuit from Tadashi Shoji nails the laid-back—but elegant beach wedding attire that many beach brides are going for. And with an under-$300 price tag, it’s perfect if you’re throwing a casual wedding on a budget.
Depending on the location of your beach wedding venue, it can get chilly next to the water. The Belize Dress from BHLDN is perfect for evening beach weddings—thanks to the long sleeves, you won’t have to worry about feeling cold during your ceremony or reception, but thanks to the sheer details and plunging neckline, you also don’t have to worry about feeling dowdy.
If you’re going for a more romantic look for your beach wedding, this Rapunzel-inspired dress—part of Disney’s Fairy Tale Wedding Collection—is a can’t miss. With feminine details such as a lace-embroidered bodice and back bow detail, you’re sure to look like a princess on your big day—and thanks to the flowy tulle and chiffon skirt, you’ll glide across the sand (and dance floor) as you celebrate your seaside nuptials.
Does anything scream “beach wedding” quite like a mermaid dress? With a classic mermaid shape, this flowy, off-the-shoulder number from David’s Bridal keeps the details simple, allowing the silhouette to take center stage.
Pulling off a more structured wedding gown can prove challenging at the beach—but this architectural gown from Anne Barge is an exception. The ground-skimming A-line skirt gives you more freedom of movement than other architectural dresses—and the shorter-in-the-front design hits the perfect note for a fun oceanside celebration.
Worried about the bottom of your dress getting dirty and sandy? Eliminate that problem with this timeless silk stunner, which ends right at the ankle—perfect with a pair of sandals for your beachy “I do’s.”
Another shorter option, this classic V-neck crepe dress from BHLDN will help you capture an effortless, elegant vibe for your beach wedding—and because the tulip skirt hits right at the calf, you don’t have to worry about that effortless, elegant vibe being ruined by sand dirtying up the hem of your dress.
This stunning maxi dress from ASOS’s bridal collection strikes the perfect balance between comfortable (just look at how much it flows), eye-catching (look at that neckline), and memorable (look at that pale grey hue). If you want a dress that’s not only going to work for a beach wedding, but also be one that your wedding guests won’t soon forget—and at an incredible price point, then this dress is a must-try.
Every dress on this list would be a great option for a beach ceremony. But, ultimately, the key is finding a dress that feels true to you and your wedding style. Because when it comes to finding the perfect wedding dress for a beach ceremony, all that matters is finding the perfect dress for YOU.