Celebrating one's nuptials by the sea provides ample opportunity to choose from an array of effortlessly chic bridal gowns. Luckily, there are nearly as many alternatives to the traditional ball gown as there are grains of sands on the beach. More casual beach wedding dresses make use of sheer panels, openwork lace and ruffles. Simple beach wedding dresses include those with midi lengths that feel easygoing, yet sophisticated. Boho wedding dresses are another choice: romantic and dreamy like a tropical island. Meanwhile, short beach wedding dresses feel cheerily free-spirited while providing wedding-friendly frills.
Look for lightweight materials for your beachfront or destination wedding dress. Silk, cotton blends, crochet, chiffon and lace make for breezy beach dresses. While not explicitly bridal, many white or ivory cocktail dresses will work wonders in a beach wedding, plus they can be worn afterward on the honeymoon. Below, check out 15 alternatives to the heavily embellished wedding gown that instead are easy, breezy and downright gorgeous. Post-wedding, you can relax poolside, confident you were a thoroughly beachy bride.
When a suitcase and carry on just aren't enough opt for a trendy tote to pack even more honeymoon essentials. These eight on-trend totes will take you from everyday use to honeymoon seamlessly!
With Cinderella's dainty slipper in their collective memories, some brides seldom think about comfortable shoes on the big day. But there's no wisdom in wearing wobbly stilettos to an event at which you might actually want to dance. Modern brides are opting for practical wedding shoes that can be worn more than once, as opposed to extremely high-heeled shoes that leave their tootsies blistered on the honeymoon. Also, we get it: Some very tall brides prefer to seek out more sensible heels, including flats, wedges and kitten heels that may also boast cushioned footbeds and supportive straps. So if you, too, want to dance the night away at your wedding, check out this list of swoon-worthy wedding flats that are just as ravishing as 4-inch heels (and much more practical). These styles from ASOS, Nordstrom, David's Bridal and more will take you from the ceremony to the after party in blissful comfort.
Gone are the days when you rolled out of bed in your pajamas and hopped on a plane. Today, every step of the honeymoon is documented, including your flight! Make sure you're ready to kick off your honeymoon with these on-trend, travel-ready outfits that are definitely Instagram approved.
Every beach wedding delivers the basics: salt air, gorgeous views, crashing waves and unmatched tranquility. Beyond those elements, what more do you need? Decor that is fit for a beach bride, that's what! Seaside motifs, whether subtle or over-the-top, can heighten an already breathtaking scene. Among the complementary imagery and materials for a beach wedding are ocean-derived items such as sea glass, starfish, sand dollars, coral fans and clam shells. Some brides can choose to go a little more nautical by incorporating sailor knots, rugged rope, fishing floats and anchors. Placing some palm leaves in strategic locations will up the tropical isle vibe. Check out a treasure trove of beautiful items from Etsy, Michaels, Walmart and more that will enrich your waterfront wedding.
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The possibilities of a fabulous night are high when you don the Bariano Layla Light Blue and Rose Gold Floral Print Midi Dress! El...asticized, adjustable spaghetti straps top a princess-seamed bodice with lightly padded, molded cups, made from light blue... read more
Light up the night in the Bariano Elle Nude and Silver Sequin Strapless Maxi Dress! A stunning silver sequin pattern covers a stra...pless, sweetheart neckline with darting, lightly padded cups, hidden boning, and no-slip strips. Fitted bodice gives way... read more
The Bariano Allison Black Lace Strapless Maxi Dress makes a memorable event extra chic! Stunning black crochet lace forms a beauti...ful overlay across a nude liner. Molded cups with no-slip strips top a princess-seamed bodice with hidden supportive... read more
Our effortless pull-on dress takes you from day to night with a v neckline and attached sleeve ties on sexy cold-shoulder cutouts.... Soft, wrinkle-resistant and perfectly packable, our knit travel dress is ready for your next escape. Unlined. 95%... read more
White cotton broderie anglaise dress from Ganni featuring a sweetheart neckline, a relaxed fit, a knee length, pleated details, lo...ng Juliet sleeves and a deep V back. read more
Black cotton broderie anglaise flared dress from Ganni featuring long sleeves, a round neck, a front fastening, a flared style, a ...broderie anglaise design and bishop sleeves. read more
100% cotton. Made in India. Machine wash. Unlined. Button front closures. Breast flap pockets. Eyelet lace fabric. Semi sheer.
Ganni - In true Ganni style, the feminine appeal of this black Sandrose dress is juxtaposed with exaggerated proportions for a dir...ectional slant. Crafted from cotton with intricate floral broderie anglaise, it is cut with billowing blouson sleeves and flares out from the waist with a centre godet panel for a whimsical note. Toughen it up with chunky boots for a darkly romantic take on garden-party dressing. read more
Fabric: Mid-weight eyelet lace Geometric print Waist-length style Mock neck Elbow-length sleeves Zip at back Two button cuffs Unli...ned Shell: 100% cotton Wash cold Imported, India Measurements Measurements from size 36 Length: 22.75in / 58cm, from shoulder read more
Crisp broderie anglaise makes this snowy poplin dress-styled with full, gathered sleeves and front-and-back V-necklines-at once el...egant and casual. Style Name: Ganni Broderie Anglaise Dress. Style Number: 5719748. Available in stores. read more
From the Paradise Collection. Eyelet embroidery and puff sleeves add an airy, feminine quality to shirtdress silhouette. Point col...lar Three-quarter puff sleeves Button cuffs Front button closure Chest flap pockets Fitted waist Cotton Machine wash Imported SIZE & FIT Mini silhouette About 34" from shoulder to hem Model shown is 5'10" (177cm) wearing US size 4. Contemporary Sp - Contemporary Collections. GANNI. Color: Black. Size: 38 (6). read more
100% cotton. Made in India. Machine wash. Embroidered eyelet lace fabric. Hidden back zip closure. Semi sheer.
Ganni - Ganni's black broderie-anglaise cotton Sandrose blouse will bring carefree femininity to your ensemble. It's crafted with ...exaggerated ruffled cap sleeves and a pintucked bodice which is accented by beige buttons on the back. Style it with high-rise jeans for a weekend lunch date. read more
Crafted out of a cotton eyelet fabric, this pretty blouse has a romantic silhouette. Mockneck Balloon sleeves Concealed back zip c...losure Cotton Machine wash Imported SIZE & FIT About 23.5" from shoulder to hem Model shown is 5'10" (177cm) wearing US size 4. Contemporary Sp - Contemporary Collections. GANNI. Color: Bright White. Size: 36 (4). read more
Printed Broderie anglaise Concealed zip fastening along back Fully lined Machine wash Imported Gathered
GANNI's Spring '19 lineup takes inspiration from the Danish countryside - it's where Creative Director Ditte Reffstrup grew up. Cu...t from broderie anglaise cotton in a flattering A-line shape, this unlined skirt has an asymmetric hem that's slightly longer at the front. Wear it with the hiking boots from the show. read more
Huishan Zhang's embroidered lace dress comes in a contemporary tiered panel design with a sheer striped panel at the décolletage.
Crafted from lovely white broderie anglaise, this dress channels Self-Portrait's charming, party-ready DNA.
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Velvet opts for a beautifully feminine look this season with the Cayla dress.
Jonathan Simkhai's pure cotton dress exudes whimsical romance with a broderie anglaise finish.
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Jonathan Simkhai's pure cotton dress oozes whimsical flair with a broderie anglaise finish.
Feminine broderie cotton anglaise dress in A-line silhouette. Deep V-neck. Cap sleeves. Scalloped at neck, cuffs and hem. Banded w...aist. Flared skirt. Back ladder detail. About 38" from shoulder to hem. Cotton. Dry clean. Imported. Model shown is 5'10" (177cm) wearing US size 4. read more