35 Beach Wedding Dresses Perfect for an Oceanside Ceremony

These dresses are stunning and sand-ready.
by The Knot
Beach wedding dresses from Bridal Fashion Week

With beach wedding dresses, practicality is key. Just like all the other oceanfront-specific considerations that go into planning a beach wedding—from positioning guests so the sun isn't in their eyes to developing an inclement weather backup plan—choosing beach-ready wedding attire can be tough, especially when facing the elements like sand, sun and unexpected breezes.

There are, however, a few simple guidelines to keep in mind. For instance, skip a formal ball gown or chapel train (since they'll weigh you down), and opt for light and airy fabrics that allow for easy movement and offer breathability (like chiffon and silk). Also, choose designs with billowing skirts, slits and lace to maintain airflow and comfort. (One other thing to note? High heels and sand don't mix—opt for wedges or flats instead, and check out some other great beach wedding shoe options here.)

These guidelines are just a start when it comes to choosing a beach wedding dress that works for your vision. Find some of our favorite gowns for every style—from simple beach wedding dresses to sexy ones—straight from the Bridal Fashion Week runways, below. 


Designer Beach Wedding Dresses

Having a beach wedding doesn't mean you have to steer away from high-fashion designs. Find beach-style wedding dresses from some of the top designers in the wedding industry, right here. 

How pretty is this chiffon and halter-neck combo?

Amsale beach wedding dress

Beach wedding dress by Amsale

The light, breezy fabric of this Amsale gown gives this bride the perfect casual-yet-cultured combination. 

You can't go wrong with a clean, strapless design.

Viktor & Rolf​ beach wedding dress

Beach wedding dress by Viktor & Rolf

The strapless top of this Viktor & Rolf gown gives the dress a subtle sophistication. Add a flashy necklace and jeweled earrings to add more pop to this look.  

We're getting serious mermaid vibes from this embellished, spaghett-strap design.

Hayley Paige beach wedding dress

Beach wedding dress by Hayley Paige

Dainty appliques help this Hayley Paige gown stand out. The light skirt will be perfect for a beach environment. 

A high slit and off-the-shoulder design are guaranteed to keep you cool and breezy on a hot day.

Bliss by Monique Lhuillier beach wedding dress

Beach wedding dress by Bliss by Monique Lhuillier

This Bliss by Monique Lhuillier gown finds the perfect balance of casual beachiness and graceful sophistication. 

Short Beach Wedding Dresses

Beach weddings can be casual and carefree. Short beach wedding dresses are perfect because they feel laidback, and eliminate the issue of sand in your hem. Take a look at some of our favorite beach wedding dresses that hone in on the fusion of elegant and casual.

A high hemline means you don't have to worry about high tide.

Amsale Little White Dress​​ beach wedding dress

Beach wedding dress by Amsale Little White Dress

This bold dress option by Amsale Little White Dress will turn heads and is the perfect compliment to a fun and fresh beach wedding. 

A form fitting, knee-length design feels oh-so-elegant.

DB Studio​ beach wedding dress

Beach wedding dress by DB Studio

Who says wedding dress can't be short? Not this pretty lace number from DB Studio. 

A tea-length design like this one feels fancy enough for the beach or the ballroom.

Randi Rahm​ beach wedding dress

Beach wedding dress by Randi Rahm

The layers of this Randi Rahm gown give the dress a lot of visual appeal, as does the delicate pattern in the sleeveless bodice and along each hem. 

Can't you just picture this Justin Alexander design blowing in the breeze?

Justin Alexander​ beach wedding dress

Beach wedding dress by Justin Alexander

The deep neckline of this dress plunges to a full skirt that  looks like petals of a flower? 

Try a lacy and feminine design like this one for your beach wedding.

Galina​ beach wedding dress

Beach wedding dress by Galina

The frilled sleeves and hem give this stylish dress by Galina just the pop it needs. The tea-length cut makes this a perfect beach wedding dress. 

Casual Beach Wedding Dresses

The casual nature of a beach backdrop makes choosing a no-frills wedding dress easy (and venue-appopriate). Don't make the mistake of confusing "casual" with boring—check out our favorite casual beach wedding dresses that still feel elegant and romantic. 

A simple, tiered dress like this one is perfect for a beach wedding (or any bridal shower).

Whistles beach wedding dress

Beach wedding dress by Whistles

The pretty pattern of this wedding dress by Whistles gives it a playful look. The tea-length skirt will look great as you and your partner twirl during your first dance. 

A feminine, Tinkerbell-inspired beach wedding dress is perfect for the girly bride.

Amsale Little White Dress​ beach wedding dress

Beach wedding dress by Amsale Little White Dress

The fitted bodice and wispy sleeves of this Amsale Little White Dress give it an enchanted look. The light fabric will also help you stay cool at the beach. 

The shoulder cutouts and pleated skirt on this casual beach wedding dress will keep you cool all day and night.

Whistles beach wedding dress

Beach wedding dress by Whistles

What's not to love about this Marilyn Monroe-inspired white gown from Whistles?. Let that skirt fly as you spin the night away on the dance floor or under the stars. 

Elevate a casual beach wedding dress like this one with a high-fashion hair accessory and drop earrings.

Galina beach wedding dress

Beach wedding dress by Galina

Cute and casual, this dress by Galina allows for an opportunity to show off your shoes. The cap sleeves and high neckline also make this a unique and fun dress. 

Plus Size Beach Wedding Dresses

Finding the perfect plus size beach wedding dress is easier than ever. Light and elegant plus size beach wedding dresses come in ethereal and romantic styles that enhance a curvy figure.

Try a sexy (and glamorous) slip dress like this one for your beach wedding.

Theia​ beach wedding dress

Beach wedding dress by Theia

The beautiful patterns on this gown by Theia will draw all eyes to you. Add a veil to glam it up or a fun hair piece to make your look more casual. 

This beach wedding dress may have long sleeves, but the sheer eyelet panels balance it out.

Willowby by Watters​​ beach wedding dress

Beach wedding dress by Willowby by Watters

This gown by Watters gives you a beautifully embroidered bodice and a romantic v-neckline.

You can still go for a full skirt if you're having a beach wedding as long as the fabric is light and breezy.

Watters​ beach wedding dress

Beach wedding dress by Watters

This gown by Watters gives you a beautifully embroidered bodice and a romantic v-neckline.


A nude lace beach wedding dress gives off the perfect bohemian vibe.

Wtoo by Watters​ beach wedding dress

Beach wedding dress by Wtoo by Watters

The gorgeous embroidery on this Wtoo by Watters gown really sets it apart and will add a sophisticated vibe to your beach wedding. 

A minimal spaghetti-strap design will make sure your shoulders keep cool.

Theia​ beach wedding dress

Beach wedding dress by Theia

Lace Beach Wedding Dresses

Opting for lace at a beach wedding—rather than a heavier fabric or lots of embellishments—adds breathability to any dress. Check out some lace beach wedding dresses that are romantic, whimsy and vintage-feeling, below. 

This Grace Loves Lace gown is whimsical, elegant and totally beach-ready.

Grace Loves Lace​ beach wedding dress

Beach wedding dress by Grace Loves Lace

Sexy cutouts like these will keep you cool and look amazing.

Costarellos​​ beach wedding dress

Beach wedding dress by Costarellos

If you're a boho bride, try an off-the-shoulder lace beach wedding dress like this one (paired with or without a straw hat).

Willowby by Watters​ beach wedding dress

Beach wedding dress by Willowby by Watters

You can't go wrong with a plunging illusion neckline. Stunning, right?

Jenny Yoo​ beach wedding dress

Beach wedding dress by Jenny Yoo

A high-low hem is perfect for a beach wedding.

Whistles​​ beach wedding dress

Beach wedding dress by Whistles

A corseted bodice will always feel ultra-romantic and vintage-esque. Yes, please.

Costarellos​​ beach wedding dress

Beach wedding dress by Costarellos

Sexy Beach Wedding Dresses

The allure of the sun and surf isn't just idyllic—it's downright enticing. Embrace the enviornment by choosing a sexy beach wedding dress that still feels fashionable. Find our favorites below. 

Don't be afraid to show some skin if you're having a beach wedding.

Wtoo by Watters​ beach wedding dress

Beach wedding dress by Wtoo by Watters

You'll feel like a Grecian goddess in this effortlessly elegant Theia design.

Theia​ beach wedding dress

Beach wedding dress by Theia

You'll make the beach feel even hotter if you wear this sultry Eisen-Stein design.

Eisen-Stein​ beach wedding dress

Beach wedding dress by Eisen-Stein

Sexy, sheer and formfitting, this beach wedding dress proves you can still look totally tasteful and elegant while showing some skin.

Pnina Tornai​ beach wedding dress

Beach wedding dress by Pnina Tornai

This dress is the definition of simple-meets-sexy—and we're obsessed.

Berta​​ beach wedding dress

Beach wedding dress by Berta

You don't have to use warm, beachy weather as an excuse to wear a plunging, sexy beach wedding dress like this one (but it certainly doesn't hurt your case).

Alexandra Grecco​ beach wedding dress

Beach wedding dress by Alexandra Grecco

A glamorous, formfitting bodice mixed with a breezy, sheer skirt is the perfect combination for beach wedding attire.

Jenny Packham​ beach wedding dress

Beach wedding dress by Jenny Packham

Simple Beach Wedding Dresses

Streamlined, simple beach wedding dresses are perfect for an oceanside ceremony (again, you probably won't want to be weighed down by things like heavy embellishments and ornate fabrics). Find some of the chicest simple beach wedding dresses we love, below. 

The shoulder details add a stunning finishing touch to this otherwise ultra-simple Savannah Miller gown.

Savannah Miller​​ beach wedding dress

Beach wedding dress by Savannah Miller

Can't you just picture this unique train billowing in the breeze and ocean water?

Danielle Frankel​ beach wedding dress

Beach wedding dress by Danielle Frankel

This gorgeous gown would look perfect with statement earrings and a tousled hairstyle.

Alexandra Grecco beach wedding dress

Beach wedding dress by Alexandra Grecco

We've said it once and we'll say it again and again: You simply can't go wrong with a stunning slip dress on your wedding day.

Dana Harel beach wedding dress

Beach wedding dress by Dana Harel

Now that you've got plenty of beach wedding dress ideas, it's time to start planning the rest of your beach wedding

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