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10 Dresses for a Beach or Destination Wedding (and Shopping Tips!)

Pick a dress that's as special as your location.
Sergio Kurhajec
Shelley Brown
by Shelley Brown

Planning for something tropical, or maybe a seaside East Coast wedding? Wherever your perfect destination wedding takes you, choose a dress that feels just as special as your scenic destination.

1. Laid-Back Details

Theia Couture​ off-the-shoulder lace wedding dress
Sergio Kurhajec

Chic, off-the-shoulder bell sleeves add a summery feel to a cotton guipure lace gown.

Theia Couture wedding dress, $1,695,; Sareh Nouri earrings, $325,

2. Unique Patterns

Tadashi Shoji​ off-the-shoulder lace wedding dress
Sergio Kurhajec

Effortless doesn't have to mean expected. A mix of textured patterns and a sexy bardot neckline give a column dress a one-of-a-kind twist.

Tadashi Shoji wedding dress, $1,000,; Kenneth Jay Lane earrings, $50,

3. Mix and Match

 Anya Fleet​ two-piece crop top wedding dress
Sergio Kurhajec

Get in on the crop top trendwith an airy two-piecegown that shows just asliver of your midsection. 

 Anya Fleet wedding dress, $6,000,; Charlotte Wendes earrings,$2,608, Wendes.DK

4. Elegance Everywhere

Pronovias​ wedding dress with a long lace train
Sergio Kurhajec

Don't skip the dress details you love just because you're jetting off to an exotic destination. Floral lace and tulle are elegant anywhere. If you're worried about how the dress will travel, get in touch with your airline to set your mind at ease.

Pronovias wedding dress, price upon request,

5. Island Style

Naeem Khan​ wedding dress with botanical print
Sergio Kurhajec

Reflect the gorgeoustropical surroundingswith an equally stunningbotanical-print gown. 

Naeem Khan wedding dress, $19,995,;Effy Jewelry green amethyst engagementring, $595,

6. Flowing Fabrics

Christos​ wedding dress with weightless sleeves and tiered fabric
Sergio Kurhajec

A breezy combo of flutter sleeves and weightless tiers equals seriously beachy vibes. Finish the look with a few local flowers tucked into beachy waves or with a unique hair accessory.

Christos wedding dress, $2,640,; Tami Bar-Lev headpiece, $495,

7. Casual Luxe

Watters​ strapless wedding dress with Rebecca De Ravenel earrings
Sergio Kurhajec

An intricate fabric looks just as glam as allover beading but won't weigh you—or your luggage—down.

Watters wedding dress, $2,700,; Rebecca De Ravenel earrings, $395,; Rosey West ring, $3,925,

8. Flirty Hemlines

Rime Arodaky​ short lace wedding dress and Alexandre Birman​ shoes
Sergio Kurhajec

Show off your sun-kissedlegs (and a pair of killerstrappy sandals) in aflirty, short number. Not sure you want to give up a long, flowing wedding gown? Switch into a second dress for the reception or after party.

Rime Arodaky wedding dress, $1,486,; Eric Javits hat, $450,;Mercedes Salazar earrings, $240,; Alexandre Birman shoes, $595, 

9. Alternative Train

Grace Loves Lace​ wedding dress and Bibi Marini​ earrings
Sergio Kurhajec

If your ceremony is on the sand, consider swapping a heavy train for chiffon back streamers. They bring all the drama, but none of the fuss.

Grace Loves Lace wedding dress, $1,870, GraceLovesLace.comBibi Marini earrings, $325,

10. Sultry Silhouettes

GALA by Galia Lahav​ wedding dress with netted cutouts
Sergio Kurhajec

A slinky slip dresswith netted cutoutsfeels right at home ina seaside venue. 

GALA by Galia Lahav wedding dress, $6,000,;Aurélie Bidermann earrings, $205,

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