Hosting a beachside wedding this year? Get inspired with our edit of nine of the best coastal chic wedding dresses

Words Joy Montgomery

After the weather we’ve had recently, it comes as no surprise that countless Brits are choosing to pack their bags and fly to warmer climes for their big day. Beach weddings are particularly romantic. They capture all the relaxation and escapism you get on holiday, paired with the joy of having your nearest and dearest around you while you make your vows.

The other benefit of a warm-weather wedding is that outfit-wise, you don’t have to buy any rainy weather back-ups. You can choose your dress safe in the knowledge that the weather will be balmy.

There are, however, things to take into consideration. For example, you need a dress that leaves room to breathe – no one wants to be sweating in a constricting bodice from the get go. Also, you want a dress that complements the surroundings. Whether it’s a modern jumpsuit, flowing slip dress or cool cutout crepe – beach wedding dresses are all about channeling bohemian cool. Somehow a meringue just won’t cut it.

The high street is offering a plethora of laid-back bridal looks this season. We love Whistles’ lace jumpsuit – perfect for the fashion-conscious bride – simply pair with a floral headband and block-heeled sandals. Alternatively, Dolce & Gabbana’s cutout crepe gown will offer a grown-up elegance to the proceedings. Its longer sleeves will keep you cool in the midday sun.

Scroll through our gallery to discover the best beach wedding dresses to buy now

WHISTLES

Victoria Lace Wedding Jumpsuit, £549; whistles.com

DOLCE & GABBANA

Cutout crepe gown, £11,750; net-a-porter.com

MONSOON

ANALIA BRIDAL DRESS, £399; monsoon.co.uk

TEMPERLEY LONDON

Anastasia embellished tulle and silk-chiffon gown, £2,495; net-a-porter.com

MICHAEL LO SORDO

Alexandra silk crepe de chine gown, £1,205; net-a-porter.com

SELF-PORTRAIT

Off-the-shoulder pleated guipure lace-trimmed chiffon gown, £320; net-a-porter.com

MONSOON

ANNUSHKA EMBELLISHED BRIDAL DRESS, £229; monsoon.co.uk

TOPSHOP BRIDE

Cutwork Lace Bardot Bridal Dress, £450; topshop.com

COAST

Patience Full Midi Dress, Ivory, £127.20; johnlewis.com

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