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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!