What To Wear For A Wedding By The Beach!

10 Dress Ideas For A Wedding By the Beach

When you are invited to a wedding near the beach, especially in the west coast, it's probably best to not assume it’s casual unless specified in the invitation! Oftentimes, a beach wedding, is just several subtle shifts away from normal wedding attire and still technically requires cocktail attire.

Here are some helpful wedding-hacks to remember for weddings by the beach:

1. Most weddings by the beach are not intended to be casual - Avoid Hawaiian prints and sundresses, unless the invitation specifically says otherwise.

2. Gravitate towards neutrals and pastels because they will fit the beach wedding aesthetic!

3. If you plan on wearing darker colors, such as a navy blue or dark grey, consider wearing it for fall or winter beach weddings (colder temperatures).

4. Lean away from bold colors for a beach wedding (avoid bright reds).

5. Even though many people typically wear white at the beach, don't wear a white dress to a beach wedding - you don't want to take the attention away from the bride!

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Below, I've included some great ideas for different dress styles that work so well with beach style weddings and weddings in the West Coast!

Xo B. Lo


1. Lace Dress

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This lace Padua Off Shoulder Dress, $139, is an excellent option for a wedding by the beach! I love this mid-length dress, as it is elegant and versatile for the weather.

2. Dress with Cut-Outs

Tasteful cut-outs, like the ones seen in this Starlet Maxi Dress, $255, is a great way to add some dimension to your look for the day! Pictured above in navy, this dress would work amazingly for a fall or winter wedding in the West Coast!

3. Draped Cocktail Dress

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I highly recommend this Cocktail Draped Dress, $279, as it not only features neural tones (pictured above in gray) that work great for a beach wedding, but it also has a really flattering design!

4. Rose Gold Dress

Trendy and glamorous, rose gold is an essential element for many weddings today! Why not incorporate it into your look for the day? This Naomi Gown, $268, is fully-lined and shimmers from every angle!

5. Off-The-Shoulder Dress

An off-the-shoulder dress will fit a beach wedding aesthetic so well, without diminishing the formality of the event! This Danica Gown, $258, featured above is also blue, which is a color that always looks amazing by the sea!

6. V-Neck Dress

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This Vivian Deep V Dress, $70, is glamorous and works well for warmer weather! Also, the blush color correlates amazingly with a beach wedding aesthetic!

7. Midi Cocktail Dress

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A mid-length dress, like the Keely Midi, $178, seen above, is a wonderful selection for a beach wedding, especially if the ceremony is happening directly on the beach to avoid getting sand on your dress! I love the unique hemline of this dress!

8. Dress with Ruffles

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I love the ruffles featured in this Wren Maxi, $144, as it adds a romantic and bohemian vibe to this wedding look. Another plus is the lilac color, which looks wonderful with every skin tone!

9. Dress with Unique Pattern

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A patterned dress is always a fun addition to your wedding look! This Marianna Halter Dress, $268, works well with a beach aesthetic and is great for warmer temperatures!

10. Champagne Dress

This Lilah Maxi Dress, $239, will add to the festive mood of the day as it will match the champagne at the reception!

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