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What do you wear to a beach wedding? If you accepted a wedding invitation to a beach wedding, you’re probably wondering, what am I supposed to wear? We’re here to help with the latest Ask Emmaline question from wedding guest, Jasmine. She wants to know what kind of dress to wear and where to buy beach guest dresses that are appropriate for the event.
“Dear Emmaline, I’m attending a beach wedding this summer but I am not sure what to wear. Do you know what kind of dress I should wear and where to buy beach guest dresses that will be perfect for the wedding? Thank you!”
Hi Jasmine, great question! First, let’s talk about exactly what beach wedding guest dresses are appropriate for the dress code. Then, we’ll share twenty-five of the best beach wedding guest dress suggestions for 2023 so you’re ready to go!
First, what is the dress code for beach weddings? Let’s discuss it!
What to Wear to a Beach Wedding
Beach wedding meaning: Casual!
Beach wedding attire is informal and casual in style: guests wear either a dress or jumpsuit, linen pants, suit pants, and a button-down shirt or linen top. For shoes, consult these beach shoes for guests for your guide. The jewelry and accessories you select should coordinate with the level of formality; in this instance, accessories will be more casual in nature.
If the beach wedding is semi- or formal in nature, you will choose something more formal in style. However, most beach wedding dress codes will be casual.
While a casual dress code with beach noted on the invitation may have you feeling underdressed, don’t worry! Most guests will be following suit and this is the type of wedding where you won’t want to be overdressed. You’ll feel uncomfortable in style — and weather! Hot, humid temps call for casual beach dresses, linen suits for men, and digging your toes in the sand.
In our round-up, we’re sharing the best beach wedding guest dresses 2023 has to offer in every price range and with seasonal picks for summer, fall, winter, and spring styles.
NOTE: Unless the invitation notes it is a formal or semi-formal beach wedding, you’ll err on the side of more casual beach wedding guest dresses. We are sharing a few semi and formal beach guest wedding dresses in this list, too, just in case.
Where to Buy Beach Wedding Attire
If you’re interested, one of the best places to shop beach wedding guest dresses is Lulus. Their beach wedding guest dresses have their own dedicated section here, which makes it easy to shop by length, color, size, style, and even sleeve.
You can also sort by most popular, top-rated, or by price. I love how you can access tons of real reviews and ratings by customers, along with photos taken from Real Weddings. What a fun way to shop! You can really envision how the dress will look on you.
Plus, right now they’re having free shipping on $50+ and free returns for a limited time here.
If you prefer more luxury, you can shop formal or semi-formal beach wedding guest dresses here at BHLDN. They have tons of new dresses added all the time in rich, luxe fabrics and materials.
Let’s get started — you have a beach dress to shop for! :)
Beach Wedding Guest Dresses
1. Best for Pink Floral, $69
This stunning satin midi dress is the perfect beach wedding attire for female guests. Love the floral print here! It is one of my favorite tropical dresses for beach wedding wear. By Lulus.
2. Best Navy Floral Print Maxi Dresses, $89
Okay, if I were to buy a beach wedding guest dress right now, THIS is the one I’d buy myself. This is one of the prettiest tropical print beach wedding guest dresses I’ve seen yet and I adore the tiers, the open back cut-out, and the length! Buy it here.
3. Best Strappy Dress, $69
This strappy dress hits at the midi length, perfect for attire at a beach wedding. You’ll stay cool and look fashionable. Shown in mauve. Shop here.
4. Best for a High-Neck Sleeveless Dress, $69
What a pretty floral print! Love the color, the length, and the high neckline shown here. This dress is available here.
5. Best Shoulder-Tie Beach Wedding Guest Dress, $79
This floral print is so charming! I love the feminine detail of the shoulder tie; very trendy right now, btw. Get it here
6. Best Wrap Style Dress, $79
This is the best beach wedding guest dress that has a wrap-style and gorgeous navy blue floral print. Shop here.
7. Best Floral Print with Long-Length Maxi Skirt, $89
Check out this beautiful beach wedding guest dress with a stylish floral print, a long-length maxi skirt, and a nice and cool satin material. By Lulus.
8. Best Tropical Beach Wedding Guest Dresses, $89
This is one of the most popular tropical beach wedding guest dresses of the year, probably because of this stunning shade of sage green and the gorgeous silhouette. This dress features thin straps, a deep v-neckline, and a waist tie for a flattering look. The length of the skirt is a floor-length maxi, made for dancing! Buy here.
9. Best for Short Sleeves, $59
Wear this midi beach guest dress to the wedding and you’ll love how cool you’ll feel! Plus, it’s a great option if you’re looking for a guest dress with sleeves. More colors are available. Shop here.
10. Best Bodycon Beach Guest Dress, $59
I love this dress in pink! It’s also available in a pretty shade of green, shown below, as well as hot pink or black. You can shop this look here.
11. Best Royal Blue Beach Attire with Sleeves, $69
This lovely dress is perfect for a seaside ceremony. What a lovely print! Buy it here.
12. Best Short Dress, $56
This fun dress hits at the knee and is available in this poppy shade of yellow or olive green. Cute! Buy it here.
13. Best for Yellow Floral Print, $74
A cute, short wedding guest dress for the beach in sunny yellow and with darling ruffles on the sleeves. Buy here.
14. Best Strapless Beach Wedding Guest Dress, $69
Here’s a darling strapless dress with tiers and a nice midi length in bright and bold lime green. This is one of the most popular beach wedding guest dresses of the season! Buy it here.
15. Best Green Floral Print Maxi Gown, $89
For a more formal beach wedding, wear this sage green maxi dress. I love the cut and silhouette! Buy here.
16. Best High-Low Midi Dress, $89
This is a perfect semi-formal beach wedding guest dress. It has a very intricate design, tie-straps, and a nice ruffle high-low hem. Cute! Buy it here.
17. Best for Ruffles, $78
Ooh, I bet you’d love to wear this pretty guest dress on the beach! Shown in mauve, but also available in navy blue. Shop now.
18. Best Floral Pattern, $79
This off-the-shoulder guest dress is a stunning choice for a beach wedding. Love this color! Shop here.
19. Best for Midi Beach Wedding Guest Dress, $78
A midi length, the prettiest floral print, and straps: what more could you want? This looks like one of the best beach wedding guest dresses 2023 has to offer, IMO. Buy it here.
20. Best Patterned Maxi Beach Guest Dress, $89
21. Best for Shoulder Coverage, $78
This dress has a navy blue swiss dot fabric with a short cape sleeve and stylish midi length. It’s a beautiful beach wedding guest dress. Shop here.
22. Best Smocked Beach Guest Dress, $68
A smocked dress makes a lovely beach wedding guest outfit, especially this one with a floor-length skirt and cut-outs on the back. Shop here.
23. Best Off-the-Shoulder, $59
A stylish dress with an off-the-shoulder neckline like this is perfect for a beach wedding guest dress, especially for semi- or formal events. Shop here.
24. Best for Lace, $69
This is one of my top picks for beach wedding guest dresses, especially if the forecast calls for hot and humid temps. It is short, backless, and features elegant allover lace. I like this color! Buy it here.
25. Best French Countryside Beach Guest Dress, $99
Last but not least, this floral print high-low hem dress is a popular choice for a wedding guest. Get it here.
Thank you for writing, Jasmine! I hope it helps! :)
On to you: which of these beach wedding guest dresses is YOUR style? Tell us in the comment box below!