35 Beach Wedding Dresses Perfect for a Seaside Soirée

These looks will seamlessly take you from the sea shore to the dance floor.
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Sofia Deeb
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  • Sofia writes and edits articles for The Knot Worldwide with a specialty in fashion and e-commerce.
  • Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Sofia was a writer for Santa Barbara Life and Style Magazine.
  • Sofia studied cultural anthropology and journalism at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Updated Apr 24, 2023
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When it comes to choosing a beach wedding dress, practicality is just as important as style. Whether you're planning an extravagant tropical getaway or an intimate ceremony on the sand, you'll likely want a dress that you can look and feel your best in throughout the day. Relaxed silhouettes and breathable fabrics are key to staying cool and comfortable in any setting, especially when faced with sun, wind and sand. Thankfully, because beaches are an ultra-popular wedding venue for summer nuptials, most wedding dress designers and bridal salons offer lightweight looks that are fit for the occasion.

To help you narrow your search, we've rounded up our favorite picks for every kind of dress code and price range. From basics to boho and everything in between, these 35 looks will help make your day an [ocean] breeze. Once you've found the perfect pick for your seaside soirée, head to our beach wedding shoe roundup to find a comfortable pair to brave the sand in.

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Simple Beach Wedding Dresses

There's a reason why beach weddings are a tried and true option for summer nuptials: their simplicity. When surrounded by gorgeous views as far as the eye can see, you'll find that there's really no need for much extra. If you're looking to let your setting speak for itself on your big day, these five simple wedding dresses are for you.

Chosen by KYHA Mesina Gown

Like a pearl in an oyster, you'll look iridescent in this satin slip dress. With a strapless neckline, relaxed silhouette and dramatic train, this pick is anything-but-ordinary.

Size Range: 0 - 11

Reev Bridal Celeste Gown

How about a beach wedding dress inspired by the beauty of the sea? This strapless satin gown features a seashell-shaped bodice and pleated A-line skirt that's texture and movement is reminiscent of water.

Size Range: Custom

Theia Saffron Gown

Here's a pick that's sure to fare well against a soft coastal breeze. Made from lightweight satin, this slip dress features a delicately draped design on the bodice that gives way to an ultra-relaxed skirt.

Size Range: XS - XL

Watters Designs Lucetta Gown

Whoever said ballgowns and beach weddings don't mix clearly never saw the Lucetta gown. A bustier top and full skirt make it feel distinctly bridal, while the textured bodice adds a laidback touch that's ideal for a ceremony by the sea.

Size Range: 00 - 24W

Grace Loves Lace Mila Gown

At the intersection of simple and sexy, you'll find the Mila gown. Its fit and flare silhouette with an off-shoulder neckline and sweep train were designed to flatter. Pair it with an embroidered veil for a modern understated look.

Size Range: XS - 3XL

Boho Beach Wedding Dresses

The bohemian bride is one who makes her own rules, and that might mean opting for a dress that strays from tradition. If you're ready to embrace your free spirited side, these five dresses are for you.

Bridal by ELOQUII Sequin Gown With Detachable Skirt

This 2-in-1 look will seamlessly take you from the sea shore to the dance floor. Remove the detachable skirt to reveal a fitted maxi dress underneath. Both pieces of the convertible dress feature an intricate boho design adorned in sequins.

Size Range: 14 - 28

Cortana Agora Dress

Looking for something lightweight for a day spent under the sun? We love this boho A-line gown. Because it's made from frayed silk bambula fabric and lined in stretch silk georgette, it will keep you cool and comfortable throughout your celebration.

Size Range: Custom

Sachin & Babi Pippa Dress

If you're looking for a semi-formal dress that pairs well with sunshine and a sea breeze, the Pippa dress has got to be our pick. With a classic smock silhouette and timeless lace detailing, you simply can't go wrong.

Size Range: 2 - 14

Danielle Frankel Wren Gown

For the unconventional bride who isn't afraid to take risks, how about a dress that's reminiscent of an iridescent jellyfish? The Wren gown features four tiers of tulle, each pronounced by a delicate horsehair trimming that creates a unique oceanic effect.

Size Range: 0 - 12

Torrid Ivory Lace A-line Boho Wedding Dress

Let your free spirited side shine in this whimsical plus size maxi gown. The relaxed silhouette features a V-neckline, flutter sleeves, and delicate lace detailing for a look that's beautifully bohemian.

Size Range: 10 - 30

Lace Beach Wedding Dresses

Lace gowns are a classic option for any wedding, but they pair well with beach events in particular due to their breathability. For a lightweight look that will stand the test of time, you can't go wrong with these five lace gowns.

Watters Sirena Gown Ivory

Heading to the tropics for your destination wedding? You'll want to add the Sirena gown to your packing list. With a mermaid silhouette, plunging strapless neckline and a tropical flower lace design, this is one pick that's sure to look stunning on the sand.

Size Range: 00 - 24W

Wear Your Love Mailyn Dress

This floral lace maxi gown is equal parts feminine and fierce. The A-line silhouette features illusion lace bell sleeves, a dramatic open back and a flowing train, with the option to choose your desired length.

Size Range: Custom

Grace Loves Lace Lumi Gown

There's so much to love about the Lumi gown—from its scalloped neckline and illusion lace back, to its side slit and dramatic train. As if that wasn't enough, it's also sustainably made from recycled materials.

Size Range: XS - 3XL

Indiebride London Wylie Dress

Talk about timeless. This look would wow in the 70's just as much as it would today. Sustainably made from egyptian cotton, the lightweight and breathable lace maxi gown is an ideal way to ring in your summer of love.

Size Range: Custom

Wear Your Love Sia Dress

You can't go wrong with a classic, and the Sia dress is a testament to that. Its illusion lace sleeves, open back, leg slit and 24-inch train make it a beach wedding pick that checks off all our boxes.

Size Range: Custom

Sexy Beach Wedding Dresses

If you didn't think beach attire could get any sexier than your favorite bikini, think again. Even against an elegant coastal backdrop, all eyes are guaranteed to be on you when you step out in one of these five beach wedding dresses.

Lulus Extravagance White Ruffled Organza Mermaid Maxi Dress

This gown brings all the bridal glam…and then some. The dramatic ruffles on the skirt of its mermaid silhouette are reminiscent of waves rolling onto the shore, making it a fitting pick for a coastal soirée.

Size Range: 2 - 10

Grace Loves Lace Goldie Gown

There's something about a simple satin gown that's oh-so sexy—especially when it has a silhouette like this. Its pleated waist was designed to flatter your natural curves, while the open back and leg slit bring the drama.

Size Range: XS - 3XL

Bridal by ELOQUII Organza Gown

You're guaranteed to look like a goddess in this stunning one-shoulder wedding dress. The draped, relaxed silhouette and leg slit make it an ideal pick for a laidback, but elegant wedding on the beach.

Size Range: 14 - 28

Ronny Kobo Valencia Flounce-Hem High-Low Gown

Here's another unique beach wedding dress inspired by the ocean. The flounced hem on this asymmetric gown creates texture and movement like water cascading onto the shore. It also features dainty spaghetti straps and a subtle feminine floral print.

Size Range: 0 - 16

Bridal by ELOQUII Satin Mermaid Gown

This pick takes the term 'mermaid gown' to a whole new level. The boned bodice has a unique shape that's similar to a seashell, while the charmeuse waist tie gives the dress an iridescent effect.

Size Range: 14 - 28

Casual Beach Wedding Dresses

Planning a low-key beach ceremony? You'll need a laidback look to fit the vibe. You'll adore these five casual beach wedding dresses, and the fact that they can double as honeymoon outfits for your post-wedding fun in the sun.

Bridal by ELOQUII Cutout Maxi Dress

From your wedding day to your honeymoon, you'll love stepping out in this ivory maxi dress. Its one-shoulder neckline, side cutout and leg slit make it an ideal plus-size pick for a casual dress code.

Size Range: 14 - 28

Sachin & Babi Astor Gown

This simple maxi dress is an elegant option for any summer occasion, from saying 'I do' to sipping cocktails under the sun. Delicate pearl detailing around the bodice gives it a subtle nautical touch that we love.

Size Range: 0 - 14

Cortana Joy Top and Skirt

A summer wedding on the beach offers the perfect chance to show a bit of skin, so why not go for a two piece set? Because this option is made from linen, it's ultra lightweight and breathable despite being long-sleeved. Plus, you can make use of the top and skirt as separates after the wedding.

Size Range: Custom

L'Academie Maxime Midi Dress

This floral lace midi dress has summer written all over it. Thanks to its lightweight fabric and mid-calf length, It's an excellent option to pair with platform sandals for a low-key event.

Size Range: XXS - XL

Show Me Your Mumu Zoey Midi Dress

Here's a casual wedding dress you'll love for your big day (or for honeymoon nights out afterward). Thanks to its charming ruffle details and side slits that extend into an open back, it's the perfect combination of sweet and sexy.

Size Range: XXS - XXL

Short Beach Wedding Dresses

Whether you're choosing a bikini or a beach wedding dress, the same sentiment holds true: sometimes less is more. We think you'll agree that these five mini dresses are nothing short of perfection.

Ronny Kobo Zack Halter Front-Cutout Sequin Midi Dress

This look may have a shorter hemline, but it's certainly not short on bridal glam. The halter neck midi dress features all-over sequin embellishments for a look that's sure to shine.

Size Range: 0 - 16

Bridal by ELOQUII Draped Faux Leather Dress

Get into vacation mode with this charming faux leather dress. With a strapless neckline and flattering ruched waist, you'll be looking sultry for your seaside ceremony.

Size Range: 14 - 28

By Watters Friday Dress

A hot day in the sun calls for a dress that's even hotter. Between its festive floral appliques and peekaboo back, it's safe to say that this sheer lace midi dress is a coastal destination wedding approved.

Size Range: 0 - 14

Sachin & Babi Grace Strapless Back-Bow Mini Dress

You'll be looking like a jewel of the sea in this pearl embellished mini dress. An oversized bow, and sash that trails down the back, gives maximum glam to this mini look.

Size Range: 0 - 16

By Watters Adelia Dress

Did somebody say 'little white dress'? The eye-catching sunflower design on this romantic mini dress makes it a pick that screams summer. Plus, its Juliet sleeves are totally on trend for 2023.

Size Range: 0 - 14

Affordable Beach Wedding Dresses Under $200

Opting for a beach wedding can be a great option for any bride on a budget, but the savings don't have to stop there. These five wedding dresses are all under $200 and are guaranteed to look stunning seaside.

Lulus Duchess Ivory Lace Bell Sleeve Maxi Dress

Calling all boho brides. Here's an all-over lace option that you (and your wallet) are sure to love. Between its bell sleeves, side leg slit and flowing train we simply can't help but swoon over this whimsical pick.

Size Range: XXS - 3XL

DB Studio One-Shoulder Stretch Crepe Sheath Wedding Dress

This one-shoulder gown checks off all our boxes when it comes to beach wedding attire, from its affordability to its timeless sheath silhouette. It's also available in both petite and plus size ranges.

Size Range: 0P - 26W

One33 Social Embroidered Lace Dress

Thanks to Rent the Runway, you don't have to let a price tag stand between you and your dream dress. This festive dress, with an embroidered palm leaf design, can be rented along with all your other wedding event outfits for one convenient price.

Size Range: 0 - 16

Show Me Your Mumu Nicole Maxi Dress

Your favorite summer sun dress just got a major upgrade. This satin maxi dress features an empire waist, sweetheart neckline, kimono sleeves and a relaxed tiered skirt for the ultimate combination of trendy and timeless.

Size Range: XXS - 3XL

Lulus In My Life White Lace Off-the-Shoulder Mermaid Maxi Dress

Show off your summer tan in this sultry off-shoulder gown. The mermaid silhouette, with a flouncy princess-seamed bodice and boho lace design, has 'beach wedding' written all over it.

Size Range: XS - 3XL

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