I just got off a phone call with a bride I'm working with who's having a tough time finding a great wedding dress for the beach. I've posted this photo of a wedding we had this summer. This wedding dress is one of the best I've ever seen for the atmosphere and the beach environment. It's simple, sophisticated, and basically, beachy. One of the things to keep in mind when shopping for a beach wedding dress is to not overdress for the location. Giant, satin ballgowns are perfect for cathedral weddings, but they look out of place on the beach. Not to mention, beaches are sandy and often hot and humid, so consider the weight of the dress, as well. The last thing you want is to look out of place at your own wedding. And believe me, it happens.
Ruth, thanks for sending me this photo. I can't remember who desinged your dress or where you got it, but if you're out there and want to pipe in, that'd be great. I will say that J.Crew has awesome beach wedding dresses. They're extremely well-priced, too. Also, the wrong wedding dress isn't the only thing that can look out of place at a beach wedding. The groom's attire can be totally wrong, as well. The groom in this photo, however, looks perfect for the occasion and location. Personally, tuxes can be a little heavy and a little overdressed. This suit is the perfect color and degree of formality for this bride's dress. They look great. And they were really nice to work with!!