In the market for a beach wedding dress? We’re here to help you pick the right one to rock on your big day. The humidity and heat aren’t friends with weighty ball gowns, and you’ll need to keep that (among other things) in mind. We’ve created this guide so that you feel comfortable and confident when you tie the knot by the water.
Here’s what you need to keep in mind when shopping for a beach wedding dress.
The fabric you choose matters
While you’re probably focused on wedding dress silhouette and style, you need to pay attention to fabrics, too. Some are better suited for beach weddings than others, so take note. Since it’s probably going to be warmer out, you want to choose something lightweight like chiffon, organza, batiste, crepe lace, rayon or tulle. Fabrics like velvet, gabardine and faille are weightier and might cause you to work up a sweat before you get to the altar (you definitely don’t want that!). Silk and satin should also be avoided as they tend to crease easily, which isn’t the best for humid conditions.
You may want to skip the full-coverage gown
If you’re tying the knot on a balmy beach, not in a traditional church wedding venue, you can be a little less modest with the way you dress. Strapless gowns, shear details, plunging necklines and shorter hems all work great for beach weddings, since they let you breathe a little more. As we all know, you’re more comfortable on a beach the less you wear, so if you’re feeling daring, go for the opposite of full-coverage with your gown style!
You don’t need a train
While dramatic wedding dress trains, like Kate Middleton’s, work great in more traditional ceremony spaces, they’re not the best for beaches. You don’t want the train of your beach wedding dress ripping on rocks or gathering up sand, so go for something shorter than monarch or cathedral-length. We suggest going trainless or choose something on the shorter side, like a sweep or court train.
You should plan for a shorter veil
The reasoning for this is the same as for the train - you don’t want to ruin your cathedral or chapel-length veil. You can either go without a veil, rock a dramatic headpiece or wear a bridal veil style that hits somewhere higher than your ankles. This will also put more focus on your dress, so embrace it and choose a beach wedding dress with a more detailed back and bodice.
Doubling down is always an option
Want to wear something more traditional to your ceremony? Think about purchasing a second, beach-friendly frock for your reception. You don’t want to sweat off your wedding makeup due to your gown choice, so choose an airier frock or outfit combo for dinner and dancing. A white maxi dress or two-piece set can be just as wedding-worthy with the right bridal accessories.