Beach wedding dresses – 15 of our favourite looks for a destination wedding

Beach wedding dresses – 15 of our favourite looks for a destination wedding
Otaduy has a great selection of beach wedding dresses and separates available in its London store

Our pick of beach wedding dresses include glamour pieces to show off that tan, as well as simple gowns for beach brides who want to keep their cool

Words Libby Norman

1. Nurit Hen – Sheer glamour

Beach wedding dresses need to be lightweight and this glamorous Nurit Hen design combines an embellished plunge bodice with a gossamer-light skirt. It’s one of a number of fabulous beach-ready designs in the collection, available in London from Mirror Mirror.

2. Muscat Bridal – Casual cool

Muscat Bridal’s Penelope dress keeps it casual and simple with its shoestring straps, slouch pockets and slimline silhouette. The glamour is in the detail – it’s made of beautiful duchess silk and we love the addition of corded lace appliqué.

3. Anna Campbell – Mermaid line

Australian designer Anna Campbell has perfect design credentials for creating warm weather gear and her selection of stunning beach wedding dresses includes this sculptural mermaid-line gown. We love the flattering ruffled shoulders and scalloped-effect lace. London stockist is Blackburn Bridal Couture in Blackheath.

4. Jessica Choay – Chic shift

Something a little different for a beach wedding, this chic silk chift is by London designer Jessica Choay. It’s the perfect number to wear over your swimming costume for the ultimate wedding beach party – also so easy to pack if you’re travelling light.

5. Julie Vino – Beach-to-club gown

Julie Vino offers gorgeous destination wedding gowns that ramp up the glamour, including this elegant cream gown with embellished bodice and skirt. Her exclusive UK stockist is Blush & Ivory in Dulwich.

6. Mikaella Bridal – Swimwear styling

With its swimwear-style neckline and side splits, this gown by Canadian design house Mikaella Bridal offers pared-back and contemporary bridal style. Its form-fitting cut and minimal details are perfect for tropical brides – the train adds a wedding-day flourish

7. Katie May – Sleek column

LA-based designer Katie May has won a huge fan base for her brilliantly cut backless gowns for brides and bridesmaids. This devastatingly simple column gown would be the perfect number for a warm-weather wedding. Also perfect for showing off a tropical tan. You’ll find Katie May gowns in The Wedding Club’s South Kensington and Birmingham stores.

8. Stephanie Allin – Luminous beading

Stephanie Allin always includes great beach wedding dresses in her collections, but her Bellissimo collection has upped the ante with its vintage Hollywood glamour. We particularly love the Vania gown for its luminous beading and embroidery on the bodice, impeccable cut and detachable silk tulle train.

9. Muscat Bridal – Bridal best

If you’re looking for a beach wedding gown that pairs sunshine style with classic bridal credentials, then the Keira from Muscat Bridal fits the bill. With its plunge neckline, this sassy gown finishes at the knee and has layers of pleated tulle and lace to add the wedding-day wow factor.

10. Ritva Westenius – Grecian goddess

This elegant Grecian-style gown is by the long-established London couture house of Ritva Westenius. We love the deep v-back and simple and flattering lines of the skirt – just perfect for a Mediterranean celebration.

11. House of Ollichon – Short and sweet

House of Ollichon specialises in alternative wedding gear, including choice tailored silk trouser suits. This soft neutral two-piece featuring crop top and floaty mid-length skirt is a great choice for a relaxed beach wedding. And also the perfect excuse to show off a  pair of glamour heels.

12. Berta – Red-carpet star

With the showstopping credentials of the main bridal collections, Berta’s new eveningwear line includes standout pieces that would be fabulous for a destination wedding where the emphasis is on glamour. We love this slinky plunge gown with lightweight skirt and thigh split. The exclusive UK stockist of the Berta collections is The Wedding Club.

13. Amanda Wakeley – Strapless finery

A wonderful choice for a destination wedding where you don’t want to compromise on glamour, this beautiful strapless Kassandra gown with flowing skirt has all the contemporary luxury credentials you expect from Amanda Wakeley – gorgeous grosgrain ribbon construction, plus relaxed and flattering styling. We love the slouch pockets and soft tie belt to define the waist.

14. Nurit Hen – Beach-body cut

With a sexy swimwear cut to show off that tanned beach body, this Nurit Hen gown features thin straps, sleek cutaway styling and exquisite lace. It’s available from London bridal boutique Mirror Mirror

15. Otaduy – Summer romance

Barcelona label Otaduy offers a great range of whimsical pieces for the modern bride, but we particularly love the Ritual Lovers collection, inspired by the relaxed Mediterranean vibe. This Cocoroise gown is a standout piece, featuring silken fabric and delightful beading – a go-to style for the sunkissed boho bride.


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