Beach Wedding Bridesmaid Dresses

Most of us have spent a day at the beach for vacation and maybe even for a wedding. You know that the beach scene is not like your typical church or indoor venue.

It requires working with the elements, complimenting the natural scene and ensuring that all parties involved are fit for sailing through the wedding without sand down their dresses and suits. While the bride must seek out a beach appropriate wedding dress for vows on the sand, you must also consider what your bridesmaids should wear that will be beach worthy.

For a beach wedding bridesmaid dress, you must consider a number of elements to make the right choice. From the weather to the color, your bridesmaids need to look good against the sand but at the same time, they shouldn’t work against the beach location. If you are having trouble deciding on bridesmaid dresses for your beach wedding, we have an easy guide for you to follow to make the best decision.

The best beach wedding dresses for your bridesmaids

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Select Light and Flowing Fabrics

Select Light and Flowing Fabrics

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Most beach weddings take place as the sun in beating down. Your bridesmaids will be a great deal happier if you select lighter fabrics that don’t sit tightly on the body. Light and flowing dresses say summer elegance without trying too hard.

Chiffon is always good choice for beach wedding bridesmaid dresses as it flows well with an ocean breeze. It also tends to be cooler on the skin than a fabric like silk or taffeta. A heavier fabric will always look out of place on the beach.

The only aspect to flowing and light fabric bridesmaid dresses that you do need to pay attention to is just how flowing the dresses are. There should be an undershirt that fits a little bit closer to the body in case the wind kicks up as your bridesmaids stand on the altar. If you are worried about a wardrobe malfunction, you can always do a fan test to see just how flowing your dresses could be in a sea breeze.

Choose a Color that Compliments the Beach Setting

Choose a Color that Compliments the Beach Setting

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Beaches feature plenty of natural and soothing colors. Your bridesmaid dresses shouldn’t work against these soft colors of the beach. Due to the unusual setting, the selection process for bridesmaid dresses is much different than for a church or indoor wedding when it comes to color. You need to be mindful of the setting when selecting your colors.

For example, a bright red doesn’t really fit into the beach scene unless you count sunburns. Dark browns and blacks also tend to look out of place on the beach. One color palette that always works with a beach wedding is the colors of the ocean or in essence cool tones. Soft greens, blues and even purples help your bridesmaids standout in the natural setting, but in a good way.

Keep It Short and Sweet

Keep It Short and Sweet

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While long bridesmaid dresses have recently made a surge in popularity for weddings, short bridesmaid dresses work best on the beach. It is important to keep your dresses short so that they don’t drag in the sand. You don’t want your bridesmaids being weighed down by the dress and by the sand at the same time.

You need to select a dress that won’t drag in the sand or get wet if the waves roll in during the vows. The potential for tripping over a long dress down the aisle in the sand is all too common. It is best to keep the bridesmaid dresses either short, knee length or tea length to avoid tumbles down the aisle or sand in those dresses. 

Don’t Over Dress Your Bridesmaids

Don’t Over Dress Your Bridesmaids

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If you are having a beach wedding, you are probably having a more casual wedding. If you put your bridesmaids in overly dressy gowns, their look will clash with the relaxed tone of a beach setting. While you want to keep your wedding special, that doesn’t always mean that your bridesmaid dresses need to be dressy. Clean lines, plain strapless dresses and those frocks without a lot of the bells and whistles keep the affair simple, comfortable and casual.

Factor in Your Theme

Factor in Your Theme

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Just as you wouldn’t select centerpieces and table linens without thinking about your wedding theme, you must do the same with your bridesmaid dresses. Beach weddings can take on all sorts of themes from romantic, bohemian affairs to nautical weddings.

You can have your bridesmaid dresses reflect those themes with subtle details. For example, a Grecian goddess look with the asymmetrical strap works well for beach weddings taking on a romantic elegance theme. If you are going for a more nautical wedding, twist detailing, pleating or even a stripe ties into the nautical wedding theme.

What About The Weather?

What About The Weather?

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Last but certainly not least, you can’t buy beach worthy bridesmaid dresses without thinking about the weather. If your wedding is set to take place during the heat of the day, the style of dress you choose can help your bridesmaids stay cool.

A low back or loose skirt that falls away from the body will help keep your bridesmaids happy and cool at the same time. A staggered hemline also works well for beach weather, especially when these dresses catch the ocean breeze. Such a decision eliminates the worry of a wardrobe malfunction if the winds are too strong.

You also have to think about the weather in terms of how your dresses can mirror the location’s climate. For example, ruffles on a bridesmaid dress work well for a beach wedding as they evoke the spirit of the waves and the sea breezes.

Did you have a beach wedding or are you planning one? What did your bridesmaids wear or what ideas are you planning?

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