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What’s the best wedding dress style for a beach wedding?
It’s all about your location. Your first thought may be a full lace A-line gown but this simply will not fit in with a laid-back celebration on the beach. Equally, wearing a simplistic chiffon, shift dress would look out of place in an elegant European castle.
For a breathtaking beach wedding we would suggest a bohemian wedding dress, which will move beautifully in the sea breeze. Or why not try something with a statement lace or keyhole back.
Think ahead and choose a material for your wedding dress which is going to breathe and keep you cool on your big day. Loose fitting fabrics such as chiffon and organza are perfect for a Caribbean climate. But keep in mind that generally things get much cooler in the evenings abroad and so pack matching boleros for you and your bridesmaids just in case.
Our round-up of the best boho wedding dresses for a beach wedding are ideal whether you’re walking in sandals or a barefoot across the white sands of your wedding destination.
If you’re looking for something short for your beach wedding, check out our pick of the best short wedding dresses.
W419 by Alexia
The lace detailing at the shoulders and waist is what elevates this simple column dress by Alexia into something really special.
The soft cowl neck is super feminine and is low enough so that you won’t get hot under the collar.
F171011 by Jasmine
This sophisticated Alencon lace gown by Jasmine has delicate beading in a cascading vine pattern – the perfect design for sunny climes.
Shoulder straps add interest to the top half and the dress drops down low at the back to keep you cool. The pretty skirt flares out softly from the knee all the way to the floor.
6772 by Voyage
We love the fancy free design of this flirty 50s-style dress from Voyage – a brand that knows a thing or two about destination dresses.
Short at the front and long at the back with a cute jewelled waistband – it ticks all the boxes. Add a pair of sparkly strappy sandals and you’re good to go!
Hartwell by Blue by Enzoani
This is absolutely perfect for a destination wedding somewhere hot. The delicate beaded floral lace appliqués on the straps are perfectly balanced with a figure-hugging low-backed dress with romantic lace overlay.
6045 by Sweetheart
Matte satin won’t glare too much in the sun, so it’s the perfect choice if you’re getting married abroad. This elegant fit and flare gown by Sweetheart has lovely detail at the back with satin-covered buttons and a chapel length train.
Bohemian wedding dresses tend to be more relaxed in their style and shape, but that doesn’t make the details any less significant.
From lace, embroidery, subtle ruffles and even rope detailing – it’s the details that ooze boho charm here.
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While Maggie Sottero dresses may be better known for their clever corsetry that complements every bride, this bridal powerhouse also has plenty of options for the relaxed bride.
Here, subtle bands of lace appliqué introduce a soft patterning effect, complemented by the antique ivory fabric.
Layer upon layer of the softest fabrics evoke an undeniably dreamy aesthetic, with off-the-shoulder sleeves and a knotted bodice adding boho flair.
What makes this design stand out from other bohemian wedding dresses has to be the exquisite lace puddle train which is the perfect fit for a beach wedding.
Cherry Williams London
Sleek silhouettes aren’t only suited to city chic weddings. Cherry Williams London gives this gown a bohemian vibe with draping to the sleeves and a relaxed take on the bateau neckline.
Building on the trend for front skirt slits showcased in 2016, Berta reveal a more daring design than ever. The wider slit showcases the semi-scalloped lace edging, drawing attention to it as it cascades to ground level.
Team this dress with crystal barefoot sandals and you’ve nailed boho, beach wedding style.
Grace Loves Lace
Halternecks are still big news in bridal. Delicate straps and large lace motifs give this style a laid-back twist.
Bohemian wedding dresses needn’t always mean flowing fabrics with very little structure. For the perfect balance, try this design from Pallas Couture.
The deep plunging bodice and structured lace interest gives way as the gown flares out after skimming the hips into a whimsical tulle skirt. Although more formal than many, boho brides could still rock this dress with ease.
More often associated with formal wedding dresses, don’t discount sleeves if your style is more relaxed. Here, mid-length lace sleeves softly extend the bodice and neckline detail.
Draped sleeves, intricate lace and a plunging back make this dress utterly beautiful and bohemian.
For a more traditional take on bohemian wedding dresses, try a gown like this one from Temperley London.
The floating fabric, capped sleeves and understated appliqué keep the look laid-back, with the more structured bodice adding a timeless touch. Fancy a floral crown to? Browse our pick of the best wedding hair accessories.
More Beach Wedding Dresses from True Bride
These lightweight wedding dresses from the latest True Bride collection are perfect for a party on the beach. Elegant and timeless, they all share a lasting beauty yet have a casual feel that make them perfect for a wedding abroad.
If you’re tying the knot on the sand, remember that you may not need a traditional train. You may want your hemline to be shorter, and you won’t want lots of heavy underskirts – think floaty fabrics that will blow in the sea breeze and you won’t go far wrong. Here are some of our favourite looks for 2020.
Style W110 by True Bride
Style W110 is an airy, chiffon dress that boasts a Grecian-inspired drape at the back.
The modest train makes this perfect for a beach setting – it won’t weigh you down or hold you back.
Style W138 by True Bride
Style W138 has a light, fluid shape with a sheer illusion neckline, encrusted with sparkly beads and accents of lace.
A gorgeous choice for a low-key bride still looking for a gown with an edge. Check out our round-up of the best lace wedding dresses here.
Style W134 by True Bride
Style W134 is perfect for a country or rustic beach setting abroad.
This is a simple, informal lace wedding dress without all the fuss. Elegant simplicity at its best.
Style W112 by True Bride
For a fashion-forward and unique look, style W112 is a stunning choice for a beach bride.
A short wedding dress with a sassy full A-line skirt and a statement crystal detail at the waist, it is guaranteed to wow your guests.
Style W998 by True Bride
Style W998 is inspired by the glamour of Hollywood sirens and decades gone by.
A lightweight satin gown with a simple cut and low back, making it perfect for a glamorous destination wedding – think ‘private villa in Ibiza’ or ‘the Amalfi coast’.
Style W951 by True Bride
Style W951 is a casual yet super romantic gown perfect for a beach wedding ceremony. It has subtle crystal beading which is sure to catch the sunshine – or candlelight.
This wedding dress can be worn with a sheer tulle bolero for that added evening coverage should you need it.
Top Tips for Buying Beach Wedding Dresses
Choosing a wedding dress is a tricky task at the best of times but when you have to factor in sand and scorching temperatures, there are a few rules that you must consider.
Shorter dresses are perfect for a beautiful barefoot beach wedding although a longer dress in this environment can add a little more romance. If you are considering a longer beach wedding dress try a light and floaty fabric, not only will this keep you cool but it help while sauntering down the beach.
Again, keep it light on the accessories if you’re having a beach wedding – a veil is a good option to keep your hair in place. Alternatively, embrace the sea air with a couple of hair slides among your tousled locks.
Anyway, we asked the team at Benjamin Roberts for their top tips for buying beach wedding dresses, and here’s what they had to say…
Buy a lightweight fabric wedding dress for your wedding abroad
Seek out lightweight fabrics such as tulle and chiffon. Chiffon is very flattering and cool, it won’t crease up after travelling and you can hang it in a steamy shower room and any small creases will fall out after just 20 minutes. Consider silk chiffon if you can afford it as it’s slightly more luxurious.
A good tip is to place tissue paper over any beading or crystals on your wedding dress so that when it’s folded and packed in your luggage, the embellishments don’t ‘dent’ the fabric in flight.
Buy a detailed back wedding dress for your beach wedding
Consider a wedding dress with a low, sexy back, with strings of beads falling from shoulder to shoulder.
This looks beautiful if you’ve managed to get a tan first and the guests will love looking at the back of your dress while you’re saying your vows.
Think about style details where the dress might have tulle or chiffon lengths of fabric that will catch the breeze, too. If your wedding dress does have details like this, you may not need a traditional veil.
Buy a paddle train wedding dress for your wedding abroad
Always try to aim for a puddle train which literally means it sits behind your ankles like a puddle of fabric and doesn’t look too out of place on a beach or at a tropical resort.
Avoid heavy thick satin dresses for your wedding abroad
Avoid heavy, thick satins that will make you look and feel overdressed for the beach. Also, don’t buy a wedding dress with too many layers of petticoats, as they will stick to your legs in hot weather.
Avoid wedding dresses with a heavy corset for your beach wedding
Steer clear of dresses with a heavy corset – they will make you sweat more and you’ll feel awkward and unable to breathe in high temperatures. Get the right underwear and you’ll have all the support you need.
What Should I Wear To A Wedding On The Beach?
First, we’ll start with a quick hit list in case you’re pressed for time. If you want to go in-depth, we have plenty of information throughout this article.
- Think linen or cotton, not wool.
- Ties are optional.
- “Casual” still requires attention to detail.
- You don’t have to wear dress shoes, or any shoes for that matter.
- Waistcoats offer dressiness & comfort simultaneously.
- Keep the colors light.
While we associate beaches with summer, folks getting married on beaches aren’t necessarily getting married in the summertime. There’s a good chance that if you’re reading this, you’re planning a destination wedding to a tropical locale during your home country’s winter.
If so, good on you! It’s essentially a built-in honeymoon, and your guests will appreciate the opportunity to get out of dodge for a while.
Getting married or even just being in a wedding is an exciting time, and getting to do so on a beach just adds to the fun. Beaches make for wonderful photographs and videos, not to mention good old-fashioned memories.
But deciding what to wear to a beach wedding can be confusing for grooms and guests alike. Typical beach gear is as casual as can be. Men often wear bathing trunks, flip-flops, and sunglasses. That’s generally the end of it.
As you might imagine, this simply won’t cut it when you or your friends are getting hitched. Let’s explore some different options.
Beach Wedding Ceremonies
Beach weddings are just about the most informal weddings around. As such, it’s not really necessary to discuss formal versus informal dress codes as we did in our other wedding guides. The vibe is, by default, dressed down.
With that said, you still have plenty of options at your disposal. Some things to consider when making your decision as to what to wear are:
- Just how casual is the event going to be? Some men want to wear a suit even with waves crashing at their feet. Others give that idea side eye for days.
- Have you ever been described or described yourself as “sweaty?” If the answer to either of these questions is “yes,” then you might want to consider comfort above all else.
Beach Wedding Suits: Tips To Stay Cool & Look Good
It’s not at all uncommon to wear a suit to a beach wedding, especially if the reception is in a nearby location with air conditioning. It is a very special occasion after all, and a bit of sartorial decorum to signify this is always a good thing in our book.
The question is, how do you look awesome in your suit while maintaining at least some semblance of comfort? Here are a few tips:
Linen and cotton are your friends: While you can certainly wear a wool suit in a tropical weight to a beach wedding, linen and cotton are better choices. Not only do they tend to be better suited (pardon the pun) to warm climates, but they will both acquire a bit of wrinkle to them with even minimal wear.
This look of being slightly rumpled, elegantly disheveled, or whatever you want to call it, is perfectly suited (ahem) to a beach wedding’s casual nature. Furthermore, every guy can benefit from owning a summer suit (lots of folks get married in the summer), so it makes sense from a long-term investment standpoint too.
Colors & Accessories
We suggest linen or cotton suits in khaki, light blue, light grey or white. If you’re a groom thinking about wearing a white suit, make sure your fiancé is cool with it.
Lots of guys nowadays aren’t letting their fiancés look at their suits in the same way that grooms aren’t allowed to see the dress until the day. Naturally, you do not want your wife-to-be to be furious for wearing what has traditionally been her color and her color only.
- Lose the tie: Even if you’re wearing a shirt with a perfectly-fitted collar (which is to say, one that doesn’t strangle you to death), forgoing the tie is a good idea for the beach. This again hearkens back to beach weddings’ laid-back vibe, and you will simply be more comfortable.
- Avoid dark colors: Dark colors attract sunlight (and therefore heat), whereas lighter colors reflect them. This isn’t to say that wearing all white is like walking around in your own personal air conditioner, but it will be much less stuffy and far more appropriate than a dark navy suit, for example.
Regarding color: color decisions for the groom and wedding party will likely be dictated by the wedding colors, a set of colors that determines the color theme of the event. This influences just about everything from floral arrangements to cake icing.
More relevant to this discussion, it can also influence what you wear in terms of your accessories. We have a guide for color coordination if you need help with it.
Guests should not worry about adhering to wedding colors.
Casual Wedding Attire Options
Suits aren’t the only acceptable clothing options for weddings. One reason that folks decide to have beach weddings in the first place is that it’s more casual, so it makes sense that grooms and their groomsmen would dress down.
Here are a few ideas as to how to do that while keeping things stylish.
- Shorts: Well, not shorts per se. Roll up your trousers like you would shirt sleeves. You’ll be cool and comfortable, and your groomsmen and guests will surely appreciate following your sartorial lead.
- Head-to-toe linen: It’s very popular to wear linen shirts and trousers. It’s casual but still smart, and it’ll keep you reasonably cool.
- Wear a waistcoat: A vest with trousers and a shirt will add a dash of rakishness to your ensemble, and they can also be found (or made for you, either bespoke or made-to-measure) in linen. Being a sleeveless garment, it will also be cooler than a full suit. An added bonus is that wearing a vest affords you a place to put a boutonniere, as you can see above.
Best Beach Wedding Shoes For Men
Beaches pose particular issues regarding footwear for guys. For many of us, it’s difficult to picture wearing anything but a dress shoe with a suit. Being on a beach, however, changes the game a bit.
Here are some of the best footwear options for men involved in beach weddings:
The following sections include more information about men’s beach wedding shoes and our top recommendations for each style of shoe.
If you’re adamant about wearing dress shoes, we completely understand. Furthermore, the whole ceremony may not take place on a beach and it would look odd for you to stroll up the aisle of a local venue with flip flops!
We’d generally suggest loafers over other styles of shoes. Firstly, it’s likely going to be summer so they’d be more fitting. Similarly, if you’re taking your shoes on and off, laces would be inconvenient. You could also consider monkstrap shoes instead as they’re dressier and equally easy to remove in a hurry!
There are many different types of loafer and we cover them all in separate guides. We’ve listed them here in order of formality:
Since they’ll likely be taking a beating in the sand, avoid shoes that are too luxurious as you might regret damaging them. You can also protect your shoes beforehand with some wax or dubbin. Additionally, tan is a safe color as it works well for the setting and scratches won’t be as visible.
Nevertheless, don’t feel like you have to wear something cheap. Beckett Simonon is an excellent brand that offers superb value as well as a 20% discount with the code BU20. Meanwhile, Ace Marks is a little more expensive but shipping is quicker as the shoes aren’t made-to-order.
Finally, a tough call is whether to opt for Blake-stitched or Goodyear-welted shoes. Goodyear welts offer additional water resistance but can be stuffy. However, Blake-stitched shoes have slimmer profiles and breathe better in the heat.
Since Goodyear welted shoes are more expensive, it’s your call!
Quintessential beach footwear, flip-flops are great particularly if you’re wearing shorts or just trousers and a linen shirt. Make sure that they’re on the dressier side (insofar as flip-flops can be dressy). Nothing athletic-inspired, nothing super bulky.
Just slim, streamlined, and (ideally) with leather straps. Most importantly, ensure that your toes are not gross. Get a pedicure or even medical treatment if you have to. Another alternative is Birkenstocks, which can embody a wonderfully Bohemian feel to the event.
Our Top Recommendation: OluKai Ohona Flip Flop
We know, you won’t be on a boat during your ceremony. But boat shoes are a great hot-weather shoe whose nautical heritage speaks directly to the huge body of water next to which you’re getting married.
Our Top Recommendation: Allen Edmonds Maritime Boat Shoe
Going shoeless is an option. It is the beach, after all…
If you go this route, make sure that you’re standing on a blanket or something. There’s no pain in the world like bare feet on hot sand!
Another misnomer, driving shoes are made for driving but are barely ever worn for that purpose exclusively. Comfortable and casual but still slim and handsome, drivers are great for beach weddings.
Our Top Recommendation: Oliver Cabell
We used to feature slides in this space and while there are some attractive leather options, they don’t quite have the same carefree Bohemian vibe as classic espadrilles!
Indeed, espadrilles are wonderful to wear on the beach and a great alternative to sandals. Fold the back down and wear them like slippers or pull them up and wear them like loafers!
Our Top Recommendation: Soludos Dali Espadrilles
A cream-colored linen suit with white Chuck Taylors is perhaps a bit trendy, but it’s also fun. If you’re the kind of guy who lives in sneakers and is getting married on a beach, consider this option.
Our Top Recommendation: Beckett Simonon
Dressing Your Groomsmen For Beach Nuptials
Our advice as outlined in our general wedding guide still stands for beach weddings. A couple of common themes are:
- Have everyone dress identically: It’s simple, it’s easy, and it makes for continuity in photos. Everyone in matching suits, everyone in matching vests, everyone in matching shorts, whatever you like. The choice is yours.
- Dress your groomsmen identically with you dressed a bit differently: If you prefer to have a bit of a spotlight on you as the groom, then this is definitely the way to go. A couple of ideas here are:
- Groom in a suit, groomsmen in trousers and a vest in a matching color
- Groom in matching trousers & waistcoat, groomsmen in trousers & shirts the same colors as the groom’s
- Everyone in matching vests, trousers, & ties, but groom in a different color tie.
For instance, the groom and groomsmen can wear the same suit, but the groom’s shirt, tie, and pocket square are all different. The suits could certainly benefit from some alterations, but the color story and general aesthetic theme are all there.
Finally, consider a boutonnière to unify the wedding party with a pop of color!
How Guests Should Dress
As we’ve stated, beach weddings are inherently casual. It’s reasonable to assume that your guests will want to look nice but also still be comfortable, so giving them some guidance is helpful.
It’s wise to say “beach formal” on your invitations. This will indicate to guests that they should dress up but still keep in mind that they’ll be contending with sun, sand, and water.
For men, this means a summer suit, with a tie being optional. It can also mean simple linen slacks and a button-down shirt. The best thing to do is think of what you’d wear to a nice restaurant in the summertime and use that as a guide.
If the dress code is “casual,” then you’re safe in slacks and a button-down or even a polo shirt. Don’t wear jeans, t-shirts, or other street clothing to a wedding. “Casual” in this sense means, “Hey, come celebrate with us and have a good time.”
It doesn’t mean, “Come to my wedding looking like you’re just rolling out of your house to run errands”!
Getting married on the beach is a great time whether you’re a groomsman, groom, or guest. We’ll leave you with a hit list of things to remember as it relates to what you wear:
- Think linen or cotton, not wool
- Ties are optional
- “Casual” still requires attention to detail
- You don’t have to wear dress shoes
- Waistcoats offer dressiness & comfort simultaneously
- Keep the colors light