35 Beach Wedding Dresses You'll Love

Having 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. 


  1. 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. 

  2. How pretty is this chiffon and halter-neck combo?

    Amsale beach wedding dress

    Beach wedding dress by Amsale

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

    Viktor & Rolf​ beach wedding dress

    Beach wedding dress by Viktor & Rolf

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

    Hayley Paige beach wedding dress

    Beach wedding dress by Hayley Paige

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. A formfitting, knee-length design feels oh-so-elegant.

    DB Studio​ beach wedding dress

    Beach wedding dress by DB Studio

  9. 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

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

    Justin Alexander​ beach wedding dress

    Beach wedding dress by Justin Alexander

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

    Galina​ beach wedding dress

    Beach wedding dress by Galina

  12. 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. 

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. Plus Size Beach Wedding Dresses

    In 2019, 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.

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

    Theia​ beach wedding dress

    Beach wedding dress by Theia

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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

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

    Theia​ beach wedding dress

    Beach wedding dress by Theia

  23. 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. 

  24. 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

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

    Costarellos​​ beach wedding dress

    Beach wedding dress by Costarellos

  26. 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

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

    Jenny Yoo​ beach wedding dress

    Beach wedding dress by Jenny Yoo

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

    Whistles​​ beach wedding dress

    Beach wedding dress by Whistles

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

    Costarellos​​ beach wedding dress

    Beach wedding dress by Costarellos

  30. 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. 

  31. 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

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

    Theia​ beach wedding dress

    Beach wedding dress by Theia

  33. 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

  34. 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

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

    Berta​​ beach wedding dress

    Beach wedding dress by Berta

  36. 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

  37. 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

  38. 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. 

  39. 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

  40. 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

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

    Alexandra Grecco beach wedding dress

    Beach wedding dress by Alexandra Grecco

  42. 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

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