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Beach Wedding Dresses: The Summer Bride’s Guide


Beach Wedding Dresses: What You Need To Know

beach wedding dresses guide

First of all, if you’re lucky enough to be having a beach wedding – congratulations, you’re going to have an amazing time! Secondly, do you have a good idea about which styles of dress make good beach wedding dresses? In this blog we’re going to look at beach weddings, some of the pitfalls you need to watch out for, and of course give you some great beach wedding dresses to think about!

Why Beach Weddings?

Really, the question has to be, “Why not?” It’s warm, you have the comforting feeling of sand between your toes, and everyone’s in that honeymoon spirit straight away. Not to mention some of the amazing locations you might wish to choose! Hawaii, Thailand, Bali, Greece, Jamaica…the list goes on.

sunset | beach wedding dresses

Every bride wants her wedding to be memorable, and if you can capture wonderful beach sunsets, in an incredibly picturesque setting, it promises to be an amazingly romantic time! Very different to a local church or registry office (unless you already live in a tropical place)! Beach weddings are also usually fairly informal, after all the nature of the event doesn’t lend itself to the stricter formality of a church wedding. This is great for brides like you who love mixing things up and trying new ideas. Instead of suits and formal dresses, your guests will be wearing beachwear, sun hats, sandals, or maybe even be barefoot. How relaxing and fun! It also means that you will be wearing a beach wedding dress that’s very different to traditional wedding dresses.

What To Be Careful About When Wearing Beach Wedding Dresses

The beach may be gorgeous and romantic, but it’s also wet, hot, and sandy. These three elements are not good friends of most wedding gowns. You may want to avoid wedding dresses with long skirts and trains. These are a magnet for sand and water, and you neither want your wedding dress to look dirty, nor become waterlogged and heavy! Beach wedding dresses avoid this, and we’ll come on to those later. You may also wish to pay attention to the sun. Everyone likes some sun, but weddings can be long days and you and your guests need to stay hydrated and covered to avoid sun-stroke. [caption id="attachment_6594" align="aligncenter" width="300"]beach wedding sun hat Sun hats for guests and yourself are a must. [/caption] To keep everyone comfortable consider hosting the wedding in the morning, or later on in the afternoon to avoid the hottest part of the day, and you could set up beautiful awnings like in this picture to provide some shade: [caption id="attachment_6589" align="aligncenter" width="300"]beach wedding dresses | awnings These awnings look great, and provide much-needed shade during your ceremony.[/caption] Needless to say, you should also take some cool boxes of water with you so everyone can grab a bottle if they’re thirsty and have a ready supply of sun-screen too.  

What Are Beach Wedding Dresses?

Beach wedding dresses are a lot simpler, informal, and easier to wear than elegant, highly decorated, and formal wedding gowns. However they’re no less special in their own ways! They tend to be quite light and drape, in a Grecian style. This is why sheath styles and high waistlines tend to be fairly common. Beach wedding dresses are great because:
  1. There are usually made from very light materials such as chiffon and organza. This makes them comfortable in the heat, and doesn’t attract much sand (even with longer skirts).
  2. They’re lighter in weight, meaning that brides feel more comfortable wearing them.
  3. Styles are typically informal, looking fresh, modern, and pretty.
  4. They’re less expensive than traditional wedding gowns as they take a lot less work and material to make, freeing you up money for the future!
Let’s look at some beach wedding dress styles now: Short dresses are convenient for the beach, and they are so comfortable!

Sweetheart Applique Tulle Skirt Knee-length Wedding Dress

Style Code: 08897 | $138

[caption id="attachment_6597" align="aligncenter" width="195"]Sweetheart Applique Tulle Skirt Knee-length Wedding Dress Style Code: 08897 | $138 This cute tulle and lace beach wedding dress is fun, modern, and stylish. The short skirt makes it free and easy to wear too![/caption]   Talking of Grecian, this beautiful gown drapes in such an elegant way and is very light.

Sweetheart Waistband Sheath Wedding Gown

Style Code: 08913 | $124

[caption id="attachment_6598" align="aligncenter" width="195"]Sweetheart Waistband Sheath Wedding Gown style 08913  $124 Clean lines, light chifon, and a comfy high waist make this sheath gown perfect for beach weddings.[/caption]  

If you are planning to venture down into the surf, then how about a two-in-one wedding gown like this? You can adjust the skirt from long to short in seconds! 

[Two In One Wedding Dress] Lace Slinky Dress With Tiered Tulle Overskirt

[caption id="attachment_6599" align="aligncenter" width="300"][Two In One Wedding Dress] Lace Slinky Dress With Tiered Tulle Overskirt Style Code: 10949 $195 It's two dresses in one, and just perfect for the beach as you have a long skirt to cover up if needed, and short dress for fun on the sand![/caption]In a hot place a shorter dress is a refreshing choice, and this style is so pretty you'll be looking forward to wearing it again and again! 

Straps Empire Waist Knee-length Wedding Dress

Style Code: 08877 | $89

[caption id="attachment_6600" align="aligncenter" width="195"]Straps Empire Waist Knee-length Wedding Dress Style Code: 08877 $89 So pretty, and this beautiful dress is a keeper as it can be worn throughout your time abroad.[/caption]   Finally another sleek gown, but this one has a pretty floral one-shoulder for extra support and decoration!

Chiffon Floral Shoulder&Waist Ruffles Wedding Dress

Style Code: 08912 | $118

[caption id="attachment_6601" align="aligncenter" width="195"]Chiffon Floral Shoulder&Waist Ruffles Wedding Dress Style Code: 08912 $118 Another comfortable and loose gown, this chiffon style has pretty flower decorations too![/caption]

Your Turn…

Did or would you have a beach wedding? Which of the beach wedding dresses shown above do you prefer? Where would you like to get married if you had the choice?   PS. Don’t forget that you can get an extra 10% OFF your beach wedding dresses by becoming our fan on our facebook page’s OuterInner.com bride discount tab.  
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