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The Best Beach Bridesmaid Dresses for Your Wedding by the Sea

by Wedding Shoppe Blogger: Jessica C. November 23, 2016 @ 9:27 am

Bridesmaid Dresses

Whether you’re jetting off to a fabulous resort on a tropical island or hosting an intimate affair in the quaint, coastal town where you were born and raised, more and more brides are choosing to forgo the church and traditional reception venue for a wedding on the beach. But brides planning for their nuptials to take place with the sand beneath their feet and the ocean by their side often find themselves asking the same question—will I be able to find beach bridesmaid dresses for my girls?

If you’re on the hunt for beach bridesmaid dresses for an ultra-casual barefoot event or a formal affair that just happens to be taking place in the sand, you’re in luck. There are hundreds of bridesmaid styles to choose from that are simply perfect for any outdoor wedding, and it’s easy to find exactly what you’re looking for if you keep a few key points in mind.

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Best Beach Bridesmaid Dresses for Your Wedding by the Sea

1. It’s All About the Weather

Brides, we beg you, do not outfit your beach-bound ‘maids in full-length satin gowns, silk dresses that can easily be stained with salt water, or netting gowns that will likely attract the sand like a magnet. Most women agree that when it comes to a beach wedding, the perfect fabric choice is chiffon. Chiffon is lightweight and airy, it can be found in nearly every imaginable color and silhouette, and it offers an easy, breezy sense of spirit. Chiffon is unquestionably the best choice when it comes to beach bridesmaid dresses.

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2. Short or Long? That’s Completely Up to You

Just because your ceremony and/or reception are taking place on a sandy shore doesn’t mean you’ve opted for a casual affair. We’ve seen brides throw beach weddings that were incredibly relaxed. Others throw affairs more lavish than one could ever expect. It’s important to consider the entire vibe of your wedding before you decide what length you want your dresses to be. Short may seem like the logical option for a wedding on the coast. No one really wants to wear a gown that’s been dragged through the sand all day, but there are plenty of long styles to choose from with details that add a carefree touch and make them perfect for a serene, outdoor event.

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3. Stay Calm with Pastels or Go Bold with Brights

Lots of brides choose to play up the natural landscape by opting for beach wedding attire in hues that complement the sand, surf, and sea. From pale shades of dusty blue or rich turquoise tones to vibrant corals or soft neutral hues, there are no hard and fast rules on what color to choose for your beach wedding. Go with your gut—shades of blue and sea-inspired greens can look soothing and calming against a coastal backdrop. But eye-catching brights may add that spark of excitement and energy that the sand and sea just can’t provide.

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4. Semi-Formal Style: Check Out These 5 Favorite Short Beach Bridesmaid Dresses

With literally hundreds of designs to choose from, it’s tough to narrow your choices down to just a few favorites, but we’ve picked these 5 stunning styles as inspiration to help you get on your way to finding the perfect look.

Kennedy Blue Luella

Kennedy Blue Luella is fun, chic, flirty, and festive all at the same time. This short chiffon design features a flattering ruched bodice, a V-neckline, and double spaghetti straps that create a unique crisscross design in back. The A-line skirt and airy cut is perfect for hot summer days, tropical destinations, or afternoon ceremonies in the blazing sun.

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Kennedy Blue Londyn

Sometimes, you just have to have lace, and the Alfred Angelo 7377S dress allows you to enjoy the lightweight and airy feel of chiffon with the added beauty of a lace bodice for a bit of romance. This design has a timeless look in a sleeveless silhouette with an A-line skirt, a buttoned back, and an always-flattering illusion sweetheart neckline.

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Kennedy Blue Faith

With an updated classic neckline that puts it perfectly on trend for the 2018 bridal season, Kennedy Blue Faith strikes the perfect balance between traditional and trendy, making it ideal for the woman searching for a bridesmaid dress for a beach wedding. The knee length hem, overlapping bodice, and A-line skirt are ultra-flattering on ‘maids of all shapes and sizes.

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Bari Jay 1550-S

Fluttering cap sleeves and a pleated bodice add texture and subtle touches of romance to the Bari Jay 1550-S bridesmaid dress. In soft chiffon with a knee length skirt, this look is perfect if you’re starting your day with a ceremony on the beach and ending the night with a posh indoor reception.

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Kennedy Blue Jodie

Kennedy Blue Jodie is one look that your ‘maids are likely to wear again and again. With spaghetti straps, a V-neck, a V-back, and a figure-flattering elastic waist with a loose bodice, this design captures the essence of casual elegance without even trying. Kennedy Blue also offers a convenient at home try-on service, so you can order a few samples and try on different silhouettes, sizes, and colors from the comfort of home!

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5. Long Chiffon Dresses: The Right Details Make Them Perfect for the Beach

You’ve heard the saying before – it’s all in the details. And when it comes to finding the perfect long gown for a beach wedding, the details really can make or break the entire look. From high slits to subtle ruffles, these 5 looks have an effortless quality about them that makes them great for any outdoor affair.

Kennedy Blue Parker

If you’re searching for a full-length style, the Kennedy Blue Parker gown may be just what you’re looking for. With its strapless top and pleated bodice, this gown boasts carefree, versatile appeal that can be dressed down or dressed up with different types of jewelry and accessories.

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Allure 1502

Long silhouettes are always a good choice for a wedding, but if you’re getting married on the sand, you’ll want to look for details that add a bit of casual, carefree appeal. The Allure 1502 gown does the trick with spaghetti straps, a loose bodice, an elastic waist, and a side slit that will look simply beautiful blowing in the sea breeze.

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Belsoie L184052

A high-low hem adds a subtle ruffled effect to the Belsoie L184052 gown. Crafted from chiffon with a strapless sweetheart neckline and a pleated bodice, this style lets you enjoy the look of a full-length gown with a playful shortened front hem for added charm.

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Wtoo 102

A faux wrap silhouette makes the Wtoo 102 gown an ideal choice for any beach wedding. This chiffon bridesmaid dress features slender spaghetti straps, a V-back, and a self-fabric tie sash that highlights the wrap-inspired A-line skirt.

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Bari Jay BC-1606

Your beach wedding is the perfect occasion on which to wear a full-length gown with cut-outs accents. Detailed with a cutout keyhole back and slender straps that meet in a V-shape, the Bari Jay BC-1606 gown boasts a loose A-line skirt and an asymmetrically pleated bodice. If a full-length gown isn’t your thing, this beauty is also available in a short knee-length version.

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If you want your ‘maids to look elegant, exude confidence, and feel comfortable, opt for chiffon bridesmaid dresses for your beach wedding. Decide on your colors, find your ideal silhouettes, and take advantage of unique services such as Kennedy Blue’s at home try-on service. If you fall madly in love with more than one design, you can always mix and match your ‘maids in four or five different looks!

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