Seas the Day: Now is the Perfect Time to Shop for Beach Wedding Guest Dresses

You'll look stunning by the sea with one of these 25 looks.
three beautiful beach wedding guest dresses
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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.
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Updated Jul 10, 2023
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Summer is quickly approaching, and with it comes wedding season. Chances are, you might have a few coastal destination weddings on your calendar for the upcoming season. If so, now is the perfect time to start exploring your options when it comes to beach wedding guest attire. Whether you're attending a tropical destination wedding or a local seaside soirée, dress codes might look a little different than what you're used to. Thankfully, we're here to help.

From flowy maxi gowns to ruffled mini frocks, there are plenty of options to help make finding your dream look like a day at the beach. To give you a headstart on your search, we've handpicked 25 of our favorite wedding guest dresses for coastal nuptials. Keep scrolling to discover options in every style and dress code. Then, head to our roundup of beach wedding shoes to find the perfect pair to top off your look with.

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25 Beach Wedding Guest Dresses Worth Adding to Cart

Ready to dive in? These 25 beach wedding guest dresses are ideal for coastal celebrations.

Maeve Tiered Halter Midi Dress in Blue

Heading to the beach for a destination wedding this summer? Don't forget to add a little blue dress to your packing list. Because it can easily be dressed up or down, this halter-neck midi dress is an ultra-versatile option for any occasion.

Size Range: 00 - 16

Reformation Aribella Silk Dress

Weather you're attending a wedding abroad or staying local, this dress will bring a little slice of the Amalfi Coast to you. Made from 100% silk, the midi-length slip features a charming Italy-inspired design and subtle ruffle detailing at the neckline.

Size Range: XS - XL

Farm Rio Yellow Macaw Bloom Midi Dress

Rain or shine, this vibrant yellow pick is guaranteed to bring a touch of summer sunshine to the event. The tiered midi dress features a scalloped neckline and open back, along with a festive floral and macaw print.

Size Range: XXS - XL

ELOQUII Off The Shoulder Pleated Dress

When it comes to formal beach wedding attire, this plus-size pick checks off all our boxes. Its bold black florals make a serious statement against the bright summery green. Plus, its off-shoulder neckline and puff sleeves are oh-so flattering.

Size Range: 14 - 32

ASTR The Label Gaia Dress Midi Dress

This midi dress has summer written all over it. Between its colorful floral design, to its open back, adjustable straps and a side slit, we're simply obsessed. Finish off your look with a comfortable pair of block heels or even go barefoot for a ceremony in the sand.

Size Range: XS - XL

By Anthropologie Sweetheart Bubble-Hem Dress

You can never go wrong with a pop-of-color, and this look is a testament to that. The A-line midi dress, featuring a charming bubble hem, is available in a variety of fun shades including fuschia, lime green and baby blue.

Size Range: XXS - XL

Reformation Baela Linen Dress Willow

Show off your summer tan in this off-shoulder pick. Made from lightweight linen, the floral midi dress is guaranteed to keep you cool and comfortable as you go from the sea shore to the dance floor.

Size Range: 0 - 12

ASTR The Label Palace Floral Cutout Ruffle Maxi Dress

This semi-formal beach wedding guest dress will fit right in at a seaside ceremony. A tropical print gives the stylish maxi dress a distinctly summer look while side cutouts, open back and airy skirt make it an ideal option for warm weather.

Size Range: XS - XL

Looking for something lightweight and breathable? Here's a linen look you'll love. With puff sleeves, a sweetheart neckline and a belted waist, it's the perfect way to achieve an elegantly understated look.

Size Range: 0 - 12

Hutch Puff-Sleeve Dress

This festive number is guaranteed to take you to the tropics. Available in both petite and plus sizes, the colorful mini dress features trendy puff sleeves, a wrap around waist and a tropical flower print.

Size Range: XXSP - 3XL

ASTR The Label Flutter Sleeve Tie Back Maxi Dress Green Apple

Here's a pick you're bound to have on repeat all summer long. With flutter sleeves, a sweetheart neckline and an airy skirt, we love this vibrant green midi dress for a ceremony by the sea.

Size Range: XS - XL

WRAY Marais Dress Ocean Micro Gingham

A day at the beach offers the perfect chance to break out the neons. This smocked midi dress features an eye-catching micro gingham pattern with a rich blue hue and pockets for your convenience. We love that it's available in a wide range of sizes.

Size Range: XXS - 6XL

For Love & Lemons Suzette Maxi Dress

While we love the overall look of this floral maxi dress, its details are really what sets it apart. Its adjustable halter neckline and back straps are decorated with unique and trendy 3-dimensional floral appliqués.

Size Range: XXS - XL

Farm Rio Pink Richelieu Midi Dress

With a laser cut palm tree design, you could say this bright pink midi dress is practically begging to be worn on the beach somewhere. To keep things nice and breezy, it also features a deep V-neckline and dramatic side slits.

Size Range: XXS - XL

Ulla Johnson Isabela Dress

Here's a casual look we love for nuptials on the sand. Its neutral tones will perfectly compliment your outdoor setting. Finish off the look with a floppy sun hat and a pair of platform espadrilles.

Size Range: 0 - 16

Reformation Baxley Dress Es

Throw on your favorite sandals and get ready to hit the sand. This cap sleeved floral midi dress is a lovely option for a semi-formal wedding on the beach. Not to mention, you'll get plenty of wear after the event.

Size Range: 14 - 24

J. Crew Collection Tie-Neck Cap-Sleeve Maxi Dress in Ivory Tidewater

Take on the ceremony in style with this cap-sleeved maxi dress. Its blue and white print is perfect for summer. Plus, its tie-front detail can be worn a number of ways, so you can switch up your look each time you don the dress.

Size Range: 00 - 24

Torrid Maxi Eyelet Strapless Smocked Bodice Dress

When it comes to destination weddings, the best way to avoid overpacking is to opt for a look that can be worn multiple times throughout the trip. We love that this strapless black dress can be worn for the ceremony and then again as a bathing suit cover up for post-wedding festivities.

Size Range: 10 - 30

Lulus Radiant Ruby Red Floral Print Chiffon Maxi Dress

Looking for a fabulous dress for a fabulous price? This look is for you. Between its colorful floral print, asymmetrical neckline and ruffle detailing, this maxi gown is sure to turn heads for all the right reasons.

Size Range: XS - XL

Ulla Johnson Ella Cutout Halter Dress

Thanks to its vibrant purple color, this halter-neck midi dress is sure to stand out against a backdrop of white sand. Plus, it's made from 100% cotton, so it will keep you cool and comfortable throughout the day.

Size Range: 0 - 14

Old Navy Waist-Defined Smocked Tiered Midi Cami Dress

A simple sun dress + a pair of strappy sandals = our go-to summer look. In a beautiful black shade with a flattering smock silhouette, we love this midi dress for both weddings and everyday wear.

Size Range: XS - 4XL

Show Me Your Mumu Adele Halter Maxi Dress Deep Emerald

Beach weddings offer the perfect chance to show a bit of skin, and this satin pick does so in an elegant way. With a wrapped halter neck, open back and dramatic side slit, it's the perfect option for a cocktail dress code wedding by the sea.

Size Range: XXS - XXL

Showpo Vacay Maxi Dress Teal Floral Satin

Vacation mode: on. Between its kimono sleeves, deep V-neck, and fun tropical print, this satin gown is made for sipping cocktails on the sand.

Size Range: 0 - 16

Farm Rio Blush Floral Birds Jumpsuit

Capture an effortless vibe for your day at the beach with this chic patterned jumpsuit. With a deep V-neckline and wide legs, it offers an elevated take on a classic summer look.

Size Range: XS - XL

Sachin & Babi Riley Dress Amaranths Spray

Lightweight chiffon, whimsical ruffles and a botanical print makes this off-shoulder maxi dress an excellent pick for a hot summer day on the beach. Top off your look with a pair of neutral-toned wedges and statement sunnies.

Size Range: 0 - 14

3 Things to Know Before Choosing a Beach Wedding Guest Dress

Choosing the right fabric and silhouette is key.

When it comes to beach wedding attire, functionality is just as important as style. Because most beach weddings take place in the summer, heat and humidity are key factors to consider when choosing an outfit. To keep cool throughout a day in the sun, we recommend choosing a dress made from lightweight materials, like linen and cotton, which are also breathable and moisture-wicking. In terms of style, opt for looser silhouettes featuring shorter hems and flowy skirts.

Dress codes may be slightly more casual.

Due to the laid back nature of beach weddings, dress codes may look a bit different from other venues. Beach formal is a popular dress code for nuptials on the sand. While still formal, the guidelines tend to be a bit more lenient. For instance, sun dresses and sandals might make acceptable options for this type of event. Your invite should contain the specifics about dress code. When in doubt, talk with the couple about what you plan on wearing.

Comfortable shoes are a must.

While going barefoot on the sand is not uncommon for beach weddings, you'll want to have a comfortable pair of shoes on hand to get you to and from the venue, as well as for the reception. We recommend choosing footwear that will offer support when walking on the sand. Sandals and flats are always a good option, however if you're looking to add a bit of height, wedges and platform espadrilles will do the trick.

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