March 22, 2023

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21 Beach Wedding Guest Dresses that Pair Perfectly With the Stunning Seascape

We’re totally jealous that you have a beach wedding in your travel plans this summer, and if you’re stuck on what you’re going to wear at the seaside ceremony, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Beach wedding guest dresses come in a range of styles, from fitted mini dresses to ruffled maxis, so it’s all about your personal preference.

Beach weddings typically have a light, airy and bohemian essence to the themes, but that doesn’t mean glamorous, black tie-esque options are excluded. Most couples declare a dress code for their special day to guide you to the right style selections. Here, our top 21 choices for beach wedding guest dresses to help you decide on a beautiful look. Pro tip: don’t stress over the shoes. Your toes will be in the sand anyway.

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Best Overall

A dreamy maxi gown with a high slit is a wonderful choice for a beachy setting. The light fabric will catch the sea breeze while the A-line silhouette keeps you comfortable while you dance the night away.

Buy It ($89)

Size range XS to XL

Best Wrap Dress

Available in 15 gorgeous colors, this wrap dress is a great option (that can be easily reworn elsewhere). This one is bump-friendly, too.

Buy It ($72)

Size range XS to XL

Best Ruffled Option

We love this overtly feminine option, from the ruffled tiers and straps to the bold pink hue. The midi length is great if you don’t want the bottom of your dress to hit the sand. Customers say it runs a smidge tight, so refer to the size guide before you buy.

Buy It ($168)

Size range XS to XXL

Best Silk Dress

A buttery soft silk dress is a luxurious route to take, but definitely one of our top favorites. This gorgeous dress has a fitted bodice with stretch smocking in the back so it doesn’t squeeze you too tight, and adjustable tie straps for customizable length. It’s available in three colors and one pattern, all of which are beautiful choices.

Buy It ($298)

Size range 0 to 12

Best for a Casual Wedding

A short skater silhouette will fit a more dressed down occasion appropriately, and you still get the elegant aspects of the detailed pattern, breezy chiffon material and low back. You can choose between three shades: Rose pink, dusty blue and mustard yellow.

Buy It ($49)

Size range XXS to XL

Best Amazon Option

This stunner has more than 5,000 five-star ratings on Amazon, and we’re obsessed with the basic silhouette and satin material. You can choose between 20 different colors and patterns, and customers mention it runs a bit small, so grab a size up.

$21; $20 at Amazon

Size range XS to XL

Best Cocktail Dress

Are you as in love with this draped mock neckline as we are? This cocktail dress has an asymmetrical length and an open back to keep you cool in the humid beach temps. While we’re partial to the green, you can also grab this one in red or black.

Buy It ($194)

Size range XS to L

Best for a Caribbean Wedding

Headed to a tropical location for your bestie’s nuptials? We recommend a dress like this maxi. Full of beautiful colors and flower prints, this fun option is destined to see a beachy sunset and a sandy dance floor.

Buy It ($62)

Size range 0 to 12

Best Boho Maxi Dress

This moody-hued option has a classic maxi silhouette and would look gorgeous with some large earrings with a messy ponytail. We aren’t trying to tell you how to style your whole getup, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t remind you to add some body shimmer to really show off your decolletage.

Buy It ($325)

Size range XS to 3x

Best One Shoulder Option

If your dress is only going to have one sleeve, you may as well have a big poofy one. This gorgeous midi is going in our carts, beach wedding or not. The side cut-outs add a bit of extra detail (or ventilation) for truly humid days.

Buy It ($85)

Size range 0 to 14

Best for a Formal Wedding

Keep the seaside theme by going with something elegant but light. This satin dress has a simple silhouette with a mid-thigh slit and that’s all it really needs to look formal and beachy. Plus, you’ll match the ocean.

Buy It ($69)

Size range XS to XL

Best Satin Midi Dress

A satin dress for a wedding is a go-to for us. We love the square neck and bow details around the shoulder straps and waist for a bit of femininity. The side slit is great for showing a little leg, but we like it for the extra room when we drop it low on the dance floor.

Buy It ($188)

Size range XS to XXL

Best Black Option

You can never go wrong with a classic LBD. This fitted option has one shoulder strap and slight rouching along the midsection that will hug your curves for a flattering fit.

Buy It ($178)

Size range XXS to XL

Best Halter Dress

The halter tie on this dress drapes into a long bow for an extra feminine detail. The bold hue will highlight your tan and you’ll have room for an extra piece of cake thanks to the roomy silhouette.

Buy It ($187)

Size range XS to L

Best Tiered Dress

Satin looks beautiful when it’s tiered since the fabric doesn’t bunch or look bulky. This navy color is absolutely stunning, and the high neckline looks delicate and very Audrey Hepburn.

Buy It ($79)

Size range 2 to 10

Best Strapless

A flouncy strapless number will have you twirling all night one. This one has a chiffon jacquard floral pattern that gives it a luxurious effect, and the bodice’s top layer is so adorable for a beachy, breezy wedding.

Buy it ($68)

Size range XS to XL

Best Pastel Option

A pale green is stunning sea or land. This asymmetric dress has rouching from head to toe to accentuate your shape.

Buy It ($215)

Size range XXS to XL

Best Short Dress

The coolest part of this dress? It has a slight floral scent to match the pattern. We love the pink flowers decorating this mini silhouette and would pack a light cardigan in case the beach has a brisk breeze that evening. The fabric is midweight with little to no stretch, so make sure you consult the size chart before ordering.

Buy It ($220)

Size range XXS to 2X

Best Short Sleeved Dress

You’ll look captivating in this gorgeous dress, since everything about it is breathtaking. From the striking color to the pleats on the sleeves and skirt, this option is a must-have. Oh, and the back twist and keyhole opening make it a winner all around.

Buy It ($60)

Size range 0 to 14

Best Jumpsuit

If you’re more of a jumpsuit kind of gal, this wide-leg, sweetheart neck silhouette is right up your alley. The dusty purple color will look stunning against a sunset seascape and if it’s a daytime ceremony, you won’t have to worry about strap tan lines.

Buy It ($78)

Size range XS to XL

Best Petite Option

The voluptuous ruffles and intricate pattern on this dress are enough to sell us on it, but we also love that it comes in petite-sizing, meaning the 5’3″ and under crowd can (finally) have floor-length dress that fits. (The petite falls 48″ from the shoulder.)

Buy It ($375)

Size range XS to L

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