Beach wedding dress styles we’re in love with this summer

With the weather heating up and summer holidays just around the corner, there’s never been a better time to get some dress inspiration for your perfect beach wedding. Whether it’s a destination wedding or something a little closer to home, any dress design should take into consideration the time of year and location of your wedding so you can make sure you’re going to look your best throughout the whole day.

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Photo by Perla Photography. Dress from Grace Loves Lace. See the real wedding here.

Heat, sand, piers and salt water can all come into play when it comes to choosing your perfect beach wedding dress, but with so many dress designers available, finding the dream dress to suit your wedding needs is easier than you’d think.

Here are our favourite dress styles and designs for beach weddings this year.


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The flowing sheath dress

When it comes to picking the length and material of a dress for your beach wedding, choosing a material that’s light and will allow you to breathe is important. The last thing you want is to overheat on your wedding day! For a classic wedding look that will keep you cool, a flowing sheath design allows you to have a floor length dress with all the elegance you want in your neckline and bodice. Lighter materials are also a good option for destination weddings where you don’t want to go over your luggage weight limit.

beach wedding dress

Photo by Jimmy Raper Photography. Dress from Grace Loves Lace. See the real wedding here.

The asymmetrical length

If you have your heart set on having a train on your wedding dress, but don’t want it to get dirty, consider a gown that is different lengths at the front and the back. Having a design that is shorter at the front but still longer at the back will keep your dress out of the sand, while still giving you a flowing train at the back. As an added bonus, it will give you more room to move when you hit the dance floor.

Spaghetti straps

Though once a highlight of the late 90s and early 2000s, spaghetti straps are a great way to show off the elegance of your dress while also giving you a more casual beach wedding vibe. Thin straps work with most necklines and lengths, so you can have the design of the dress you want with the summery vibe of your day.

beach wedding dress

Photo by Nika Savins, Imogen Brand-Rakers. Dress from Cupid’s Bridal. See the real wedding here.

Tea-length or mini dresses

Length is such an important factor when choosing a beach wedding dress, as you want to make sure you can keep it in good condition for the entire day. Whether you’re after a more vintage or traditional tea-length dress or a modern mini look, a shorter length will keep your dress out of the sand and away from any stray beach debris. As a bonus, if the weather gets too hot, you can also go paddling without getting your dress wet!

beach wedding dress

Photo by Jesus Caballero Photography. Dress from Forever Vintage. See the real wedding here.

The cropped top and skirt

Nothing says beach day like showing off a bit of skin, and the modern cropped top design and skirt is the perfect way to celebrate your summer beach wedding. It gives you the chance to have an intricate or different design for your bodice, while also having a skirt and material that suits your day. Plus the split in the middle will help keep you cool and feeling fresh throughout the day.

The backless dress or leg split

If you want to show a bit of skin but are looking for a more classically designed dress, having a design with a cut out back or leg split can help give you that extra summery vibe. They’ll keep you open to the sea breeze, while also giving your dress that added character for the day. It’s the best of both worlds!

beach wedding dress

Photo by Stella Studios. Dress from Elizabeth de Varga. See the real wedding here.

Of course, at the end of the day, you want your dress to be perfect for your day. Check out more wedding dress designs to find your perfect match.

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