Here at Hitched, we love a beach wedding. Whether you're jetting off somewhere warm to say your 'I dos' on a far flung beach, or you're opting for a seaside celebration at one of the UK's stunning coastal wedding venues, one thing's for sure; you're going to need a beach wedding dress.
While a beach wedding lends itself perfectly to laidback, relaxed and boho styles, there are also some practicalities to consider. If you're planning to host your ceremony on the sand, you might want to think about a material that's going to keep you cool, as well as something soft and floaty that's easy to move in.
From romantic, floating trains to glamorous Grecian draping and vintage festival vibes, here’s our pick of the very best beach wedding dresses. Skirts that won’t drag on the sand, lightweight fabrics and suitable sleeve lengths, we’ve considered it all to ensure you look and feel your best on your special day.
Our Top 5 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.
The 39 Best Beach Wedding Dresses for 2021
1. Isla Tiered Dress - £325, Whistles
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.
2. Allman - POA, St Patrick
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.
3. Pearl Rose Cami Bridal Gown - £650, Needle & Thread
Whoever said your wedding dress had to be white? This Needle & Thread number screams ‘mermaid chic’ (yes, that’s a thing) and we can’t get enough of the fun hint of pink.
4. Noah - £2,080, Grace Loves Lace
Grace Loves Lace are known for their boho bridal looks, so we couldn’t not include some of their beautiful carefree creations in our beach wedding dress edit. Their Noah gown is ideal for brides looking for something relaxed but with some feminine shape and detail - that Chantilly lace is so dreamy!
5. Style 1254 - POA, Martina Liana
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.
6. Gimlet Dress - £390, Reformation
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. Floral Print Embroidered Dress - £185, Uterqüe
Keep things casual while still making a statement in this pretty Uterqüe number. Made from cooling cotton, we love the sweet floral motifs and embroidered ribbon details. Sunglasses optional (but highly recommended).
8. Style 7086 - POA, Stella York
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.
9. Lavinia Halter 3D Floral Embroidered Organza Wedding Dress - £150, ASOS Edition
You can always count on ASOS to deliver on affordability, and at £150 this floral embroidered organza wedding dress is nothing short of a bargain. The low back detail adds just the right amount of skin, perfect for a romantic beach wedding setting.
10. Rosa Dress - £295, Ghost
When it comes to slinky satin occasionwear, Ghost takes some beating. We’re obsessed with the striking lattice-effect neckline on their Rosa dress, and thanks to the two waist ties that can be fastened in a bow at the back, it will fit your shape perfectly.
11. Regency Garden Modern Bodice Maxi Dress - £275, Needle & Thread
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.
12. Maeve - POA, Wilderly Bride
With a relaxed design, delicate all-over lace detailing and a beautiful keyhole back, this is the perfect dress for sunnier climes.
13. Amour - £590, Jacquemus
Fashion-forward brides will adore Jacquemus’ floor-length Amour dress. Made from 100% linen, the thin double straps will keep things cool on the beach, while the skirt’s maxi volume is guaranteed to add drama. Keep jewellery minimal and let this dress do the talking.
14. Ilias - POA, Aire Barcelona
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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15. Sylvia Dress - £225, Ghost
This Ghost dress might be giving us serious Pippa-Middleton-bridesmaid vibes, but it would be perfect for a beachy bridal look too. Beautifully crafted from satin, we’re big fans of the elegant cowl neck and delicate capped sleeves.
16. Savona Dress - £300, Reformation
At first glance, Reformation’s Savona dress is another simple slip design, but look closer and you’ll see the extra details that make this gown so special. With delicate adjustable tie straps, pearl trim detailing at the neck and a center back slit, you’ll feel so chic on your beach wedding day in this.
17. Afira Plunge Wedding Dress with Feather Effect Skirt - £250, ASOS
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!
18. Sol - £1,970, Grace Loves Lace
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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19. Ruffled Midi Wrap Dress - £60, & Other Stories
Wrap dresses are universally flattering, especially when they’re midi length like this & Other Stories design. Pair with heels and a bold red lip for added drama.
20. Helena Dress - £264, Cecilie Bahnsen
Voluminous sleeves are everywhere this season, and we love Cecilie Bahnsen’s nod to the trend with those cloud-like sleeves. Simple but eye-catching, the crisp white cotton is guaranteed to keep things cool on your big day.
21. Bree - POA, Morilee
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.
22. Crochet Knit Midi Dress - £129, Whistles
If it’s a midi dress you’re after, then how about this number from Whistles? Designed in a knitted crochet style with a slip underneath, this midi dress is perfect for a carefree summer wedding day.
23. D3145 - POA, Essense of Australia
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.
24. Scarlet Embellished Lace Corset Wedding Dress with Satin Skirt - £135, ASOS Edition
If you love the idea of a corset but want to keep things simple, this ASOS Edition dress was made for you. The bodice is embellished with just enough lace for added detail, while the thigh high split keeps things seriously chic.
25. Elsie Dress - £90, Chi Chi Bridal
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.
26. Emanuela - £1,940, Grace Loves Lace
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.
27. Fontana Lace Midi Dress - £66, Kitri
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.
28. Bridget Jumpsuit - POA, Morilee
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.
29. Eve Silk Wedding Dress - £599, Whistles
We love the simplicity of this silk wedding dress from high street heroes Whistles. If you want to keep the tops of your arms covered but ventilation is key (it’s not about overheating halfway through the ‘I dos’), then the delicate shoulder details will be a winner. And just wait until you see the back…
30. Printed Crochet Dress - £185, Uterqüe
Speaking of boho, we are getting serious 60s vibes from Uterqüe’s crochet dress. Keep things simple and go barefoot, or dress it up with layers of delicate necklaces and platforms.
31. Reggio Dress - £435, Reformation
Now that we’ve seen Reformation’s floor-length Reggio dress with a dramatic floral crown, we can’t imagine it without. It adds just the right amount of romance to this beautiful lace number.
32. Multiway Maxi Dress - £111.20, Coast
Coast are the expert when it comes to affordable occasionwear, and they’ve certainly delivered with this multiway maxi dress. Why not wear it Grecian-style with one shoulder for the ceremony before changing it up to the plunging neckline for the evening?
33. D3225 - POA, Essense of Australia
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.
34. Summer - £2,100, Grace Loves Lace
Grace Loves Lace (obviously) nail their lacey looks, but they also create stunning silk slips. If you’re looking for something simple yet sexy, the Summer is the perfect choice. Pair with a floral headband for a sweet boho touch.
35. Neve Embellished Bodice Maxi Dress - £250, Needle & Thread
Look as though you’re floating across the sand in Needle & Thread’s ‘Neve’. With voluminous layers of frothy tulle and a low, plunging neckline at the front and back, all eyes will be on you on your big day.
36. Emmeline Bridal Bardot Embellished Maxi Dress - £299, Monsoon
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!
37. Novio - £470, Jacquemus
Beach wedding dresses don’t come much more striking than this. If you’re after a gown that shows a bit of skin while keeping things oh-so-stylish, look no further than Jacquemus’ Novio design.
38. Bella Dress - £245, Ghost
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.
39. Atlanta Linen Dress - £262, Sleeper via NET-A-PORTER
We couldn’t finish our roundup of beach wedding dresses without including Sleeper’s Insta-famous Atlanta dress. Loved by fashion bloggers everywhere, the linen, smocked design is comfy and stylish. Why not wear the sleeves up for the ceremony and then off-shoulder for the reception?
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