A wedding abroad means sun, sea… and the perfect beach wedding dress.
If you’re jetting off to a stunning beach wedding destination then you’ll need a dress that you’ll feel comfortable in, and one that will fit the laidback holiday vibe of a wedding by the sea.
From romantic, floating trains to glamorous Grecian draping and vintage festival vibes, here’s our pick of the very best beach wedding dresses for weddings abroad. We’ve picked designs that are suitable for nuptials on the sand. Skirts that won’t drag on the sand, lightweight fabrics, and suitable sleeve lengths: we’ve considered it all.
Enjoy our pick of the 30 best beach wedding dresses for a destination wedding.
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1. Blue by Enzoani – Irvine
You’ll feel like a real life mermaid in this Blue by Enzoani dress at your beach wedding! The mermaid shape skirt is full of drama, complemented beautifully by a flattering, fitted top half. Keep your hair and accessories simple and let the dress do the talking.
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2. Whistles - Isla Tiered Dress
Whistles’ Isla tiered dress is the perfect combination of classic elegance and modern boho chic. The neckline and back straps are perhaps the prettiest pieces to this gown. It's minimalist but playful and the ruffles will move beautifully in a soft breeze.
3. St Patrick – Allman
We love the floral embroidery creeping down from the illusion bodice to the skirt of this St Patrick design. The plunge bust offers just the right hint of sexiness and is perfect for brides with smaller busts, while the draped, flared skirt will add balance to your shape. It has a stunning lace train which might be better for weddings not taking place on sand.
4. Martina Liana - Style 1254
If you have a stunning beach setting, you can go for a simple dress that lets your location speak for itself. We adore this sleek fit-and-flare dress from Martina Liana, which is elevated by that stunning bow at the back. You'll look just as good from the back as the front.
5. Justin Alexander – Tatum Jumpsuit
Being a bride doesn’t mean you have to wear a princess dress, in fact you don’t need to wear a dress at all! This jumpsuit from Justin Alexander features all the pretty detailing of a traditional dress bodice - spaghetti straps, embroidered lace and chiffon appliqués lightly embellished with sequins and beading. Then it's combined sharp tailoring of a cigarette trouser. Here you can see it topped with the matching jacket which is ideal for topping your dress in the evening when it gets a bit cooler - it's perfect to dance in.
6. Reformation - Gimlet Dress
A lovely ‘cold shoulder’ option, the Gimlet dress features a fitted bodice, and relaxed skirt, ruffle straps, and a beautiful thigh high split that adds a touch of magic to you final look! It comes in ivory or Champagne to fit with your colour scheme.
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7. Stella York – Style 7086
This beautiful strappy gown from Stella York is the perfect choice for a beach wedding, with its relaxed, floaty skirt and thigh-high split. Pair this with a laidback floral crown for serious summer vibes.
8. Ronald Joyce – Style 18160
You’ll feel like a total goddess in this Grecian style dress from Ronald Joyce. We love the fairytale design and flattering sweetheart bust. With a soft skirt, this is the perfect glamorous beach look which will look amazing gently floating in the breeze. We can see it at a chic European wedding.
9. Needle & Thread - Regency Garden Modern Bodice Maxi Dress
Needle & Thread dresses are ideal for the bride who’s after intricacy and pretty detailing. You can wear this one on the beach thanks to the shorter sleeves, but be sure to take care of the tulle bottom on the sand. Look closely and you'll see birds, floral and hot air balloons on that bodice - gorgeous motifs for a wedding abroad.
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10. Wilderly Bride - Maeve
With a relaxed design, delicate all-over lace detailing and a beautiful keyhole back, this is the perfect dress for sunnier climes.
11. Uterque - White Guipure Lace Dress
Designed to have a form-fitting look, this sexy lace design features a high waist under the bust line, a V neckline, and guipure lace fabric. It's less than £200 so this is a great choice for a beach elopement or to have as a reception dress to change into when you want to hit the wine (spills happen!). Simply divine.
12. Aire Barcelona - Ilias
If you have your heart set on a lace wedding dress for the beach, then consider this stylish fit and flare gown by Aire Bareclona. Your curves will be shown off to perfection thanks to the fabulous silhouette and those sheer bows at the shoulders give a romantic, soft look.
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13. Pronovias - Reynolds
14. Sincerity Bridal - 44090
The feather-light layers and low back are ideal if you’re in a hot location as you won’t overheat!
15. ASOS - Afira Plunge Wedding Dress with Feather Effect Skirt
Are you a fashion-forward bride? This ASOS number features a spectacular feather effect skirt that will catch all your guests’ eyes. The deep-V neckline is also something to write home about!
16. Ghost – Liliana Dress
This fabulous dress by Ghost is all about understated elegance. The pretty frilled shoulders and pussy-bow neck fastening accentuate the décolletage, while the low back will show off your tan.
17. Grace Loves Lace – Sol
The Sol is perfect if you’re looking for a feminine, ethereal look as you walk down the aisle at your beach wedding. The off-the-shoulder armbands featuring a unique leaf-trim will catch the sunlight beautifully and look gorgeous in photos.
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18. Morilee - Bree
Sleek, form-fitting and modern: this contemporary white dress is seriously sophisticated and sultry. This simple high-necked gown is perfect for brides who want to show off their curves and don't need all the bells and whistles to look showstopping.
19. Essense of Australia - D3145
Long sleeves are perfectly appropriate for a beach wedding as long as they're illusion ones like this (otherwise you may get sweaty and feel a bit constricted). The beautiful leaf design will suit the nature-inspired vibe of a beach wedding perfectly.
20. Chi Chi Bridal - Elsie Dress
It’s simple, understated, and classic, and at just over £100, Chi Chi’s Elsie dress is a total bargain. You really can’t get much better than this lovely dress.
21. Grace Loves Lace – Emanuela
The Emanuela dress screams boho cool-girl style and is a great choice for festival-style beach weddings. The geometric lace is light enough to wear in the heat, while the floaty train will look simply beautiful trailing across the sand. Team this with floral hair accessories and a rustic bouquet for dreamy bridal style.
22. ASOS - Louisa Lace Corset Dress with Mesh Skirt
This lightweight corset wedding dress will keep you super cool while making you look totally stunning. Wear it with statement hair accessories for maximum impact - a flower crown to match the floral detailing on the bust will look gorgeous.
23. Blue by Enzoani – Ibarra
The gorgeous Ibarra dress from Blue by Enzoani would make a wonderful beach wedding dress as it’s so versatile and not too clingy. If you don’t mind getting sand on your dress, the train of this gown would look amazing as you sweep along the beach. The strappy bodice has a slightly relaxed feel to it yet still looks super pretty with lace detailing.
24. Kitri - Fontana Lace Midi Dress
Made with intricate ivory floral lace, Kitri’s Fontana dress is the absolute perfect length for a warm beach wedding. It won’t drag on the ground, and fits the body perfectly for those who prefer a body form fit.
25. Morilee - Bridget Jumpsuit
This sexy, flared jumpsuit is the epitome of understated elegance. The off-the-shoulder sleeves are detachable for a two-in-one look meaning you can mix it up for day and night. Wait until you see the satin detailed buttons on the back.
26. Uterque - Ecru Draped Dress
From the pom pom trim to the tie-straps, this ecru draped dress by Uterque has so many gorgeous little details that make it ultra-special. It’s also made with a decadent lightweight satin fabric.
27. ASOS - Lace Cami Wedding Dress with Full Skirt
ASOS’ lace cami wedding dress has a gorgeous deep V-neck plunge for a sexy edge, while the full skirt tones things down and keeps the look feeling sophisticated. That sheer lace section at the waist will keep you cool.
28. Essense of Australia - D3225
A modern, ruched look with a fanciful shoulder bow as a focal point: this dress is head-turning and truly easy to wear. The matte fabric keeps it from being gaudy, but it still has a showstopping, golden age of Hollywood feel.
29. Monsoon - Emmeline Bridal Bardot Embellished Maxi Dress
Monsoon’s Emmeline dress stars intricate pearl beading, a Bardot neck, a concealed zip-back fastening and a layered tulle skirt. The skirt also finishes at the ankle, meaning it’s not too long to wear on the beach!
30. Ghost - Bella Dress
A classic cami silk satin slip dress is always an option, no matter where you’re getting married. This one is especially ideal for a warm wedding by the beach, with its simple straps and lightweight fabric.
Five Beach Wedding Dress Tips
1. Choose a dress that you know you will feel cool and comfortable in.
2. Take into account the heat of your destination and whether it will be windy.
3. Wear a good waterproof mascara in case of any spray from the sea!
4. Be prepared to get your dress professionally cleaned afterwards if your ceremony is on the beach.
5. Think practically when it comes to your choice of footwear (if you choose to wear any) – a pair of low or flat strappy sandals with some pretty embellishment would work well with a beach wedding dress.
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