A wedding abroad means sun, sea... and picking 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, here’s our pick of the very best beach wedding dresses for weddings abroad.
Sweetheart – Style 6118
This beautiful Sweetheart wedding dress is a great option for a beach wedding with its relaxed, floaty skirt. The ruched bodice and wide V-neck has a touch of Grecian beauty about it – pair with a loose updo and pretty hair accessory to finish the look.
Lillian West – Style 6350
You’ll feel like a total goddess in this Grecian wedding dress from Lillian West. The highlight of the gown is the incredible cape that cascades from the back of the straps down to the floor. The dress is complemented with a deep V-neck and delicate embellishment for a truly glamorous beach look.
Ellis – Style 11457
You might want to opt for flat wedding shoes instead of heels if you’re getting married on the beach, so a dress with a long train to cover them like style 11457 from Ellis would be ideal. With clever draping, this stunning dress will accentuate your body in all the right places and the embellishment adds a touch of sparkle.
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Allure Bridals – Style 9304
If you have your heart set on a lace wedding dress for the beach, then consider this stylish column gown from Allure Bridals. The scalloped neckline and romantic lace detailing soften the look and your curves will be shown off to perfection thanks to the fitted material.
Coast – Angelina
This asymmetrical dress from Coast is ideal if you don’t want a fully strapless look. The strap leads into a sweetheart neckline and the chiffon skirt falls to the floor in a flattering column style. Pair this romantic gown with a low chignon as soon on the model or with relaxed waves swept to one side. This style would also work well as a one shoulder bridesmaid dress if you want your girls in ivory.
Lillian West – Style 6390
If you want to combine your beach wedding ideas with vintage elements then this lace and chiffon wedding dress from Lillian West would be a great way to highlight this theme. The cap sleeves and wide neckline are ideal if you’re self-conscious of your upper arms and provide some coverage without the need for long sleeves – which would be sweltering if you’re in an exotic location!
Ellis – Style 15178
The cowl neck of style 15178 from Ellis would beautifully accentuate the décolletage and show off your arms if these are your favourite assets. The nature inspired embroidery would be fitting for an outdoor wedding ceremony if you’re saying your vows against the backdrop of golden sands and the blue sea.
For an alternative wedding dress idea, take a look at this striking embellished bridal kaftan from Dalila’s Kaftans. If a classic wedding dress really won’t work for you on the beach, then check out this beautiful, flowing white kaftan which would look incredible at a destination wedding. The peacock style embellishment really sets off the kaftan and gives it a glamorous edge, plus you’ll feel so comfortable all day in it! Boho brides should wear with a statement flower crown.
Badgley Mischka – Doris
The Doris style from Badgley Mischka is perfect if you want a willowy and statuesque figure as you glide down the beach. On its own, the dress is a lacy column style for a sophisticated destination look, if you add the tiered sheer overlay it is transformed into a floaty beach wedding dress that is completely dreamy.
Special Day - Style E16609
This fuss free white dress from Special Day Bridal is so stunning and would suit a laidback, non traditional bride. The lacy detail at the neckline and waist adds an air of old school romance and the loose blouse is so wearable. Add a white flower in your hair for Hawaiian bridal glamour!
Coast – Avalana
If you’re anything but traditional and want to make a statement with your beach wedding dress (whilst at the same time remaining a little bit practical), then the Avalana dress from Coast could be a match made in heaven for you. The multi layered, high-low skirt exudes red carpet glamour and would keep your legs cool at the same time! Although the dress looks high maintenance, it would actually be a comfortable style to wear on the beach and it has a versatile neckline.
Lillian West – Style 6411
This head turning chiffon wedding dress would make any bride feel like a beach goddess! This contemporary dress from Lillian West has a strapless sweetheart neckline and a fitted, embellished bodice which leads into a lovely flowing skirt. The best dress to dazzle everyone at your destination wedding.
Veromia – Style VR61556
If you are a fashion forward bride then style VR61556 from Veromia could be the beach wedding dress for you. The ruched bodice has a look of Grecian influence whilst the halterneck style keeps the dress on trend. Style your hair into a flawless updo if you’re going for sophistication or wear your hair in a loose style for a relaxed, beachy vibe.
Blue by Enzoani - Ibarra
The gorgeous Ibarra dress from Blue by Enzoani would make a wonderful beach wedding dress as it is so versatile and not too clingy to the body. 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 so pretty with lace detailing.
Coast – Belle Bandeau
Wearing a beach wedding dress can be tricky for obvious reasons, the trailing train getting covered in sand being one of them! Solve the problem by wearing a shorter gown like the Belle style from Coast. The A-line skirt and embellishment keeps the look formal and the strapless neckline is so versatile, plus you’ll be kept even cooler with your pins out! Think carefully about your choice of wedding shoes with this one – you’ll need to combine style with practicality.
Lillian West – Style 6417
For an ethereal beach look, style 6417 from Lillian West is an utterly enchanting wedding dress. The nude coloured dress has a flattering, V-neck crossover bodice and deep criss-cross straps at the back to show a sexy flash of skin. The only downside is that the gown may be hard to have cleaned if you get sand on it, however it would provide a show stopping and feminine look for your wedding day.
Blue by Enzoani - Irvine
You’ll feel like a real life mermaid that’s arrived onshore if you wear this Blue by Enzoani dress to your beach wedding! The mermaid shape skirt is full of drama, complemented beautifully by a flattering, fitted top half. Keep your hair and accessories pared down to let the dress do the talking.
Belle & Bunty - The Bunty
The Bunty dress from Belle & Bunty combines vintage with Grecian beauty for a gorgeous beachy look. The empire waist and plunge neckline makes the gown ideal for brides with a small bust and the delicate corsages at the centre add a unique spin.
Justin Alexander – Style 8815
If you’re planning a wedding filled with retro beach ideas such as ice cream cones and parasols, then this cute tea length number from Justin Alexander would be a great dress to accentuate this theme. The champagne coloured dress has an intricate lace bodice and bow waistband for an hourglass, 1950s shape.
Beach Wedding Dress Tips:
- Choose a dress that you will feel comfortable and cool in
- Take into account the heat of your destination and whether it will be windy
- Wear a good waterproof mascara in case of any spray from the sea!
- 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
- Be prepared to get your dress professionally cleaned afterwards if your ceremony is on the beach
Once you've got the perfect beach wedding dress, check out our round up of the best seaside wedding venues so that you have a beautiful setting worthy of your gown.