Beaches are some of the most popular wedding destinations, and with good reason. The crashing waves, painting-like sunsets, and warm, vacation-y vibes make it fun for the whole guest list. When choosing bridesmaid dresses for beach nuptials, mind those hot temperatures. Opt for short or mini hems, halter or strapless necklines, and airy chiffons to keep them happy and breezy. A shorter hemline will also make sand or water a non-issue! If you do want your bridesmaids in long dresses, pick flowy skirts that they can wear with sand-friendly flats or sandals. And, of course, colors like canary yellows, papaya pinks and watery blues (or preppy stripes for a New England bash) will enhance the surfside charm of any celebration. Article courtesy of Brides.com, Authorship credit: Terri Pous
“Kylie” silk chiffon A-line one-shoulder dress with fitted bodice, $250, J. Crew
Style LPS 13 3458, chiffon deep V-neck dress with lace sleeves and yellow waist belt in orange, $1,400, Gemy Maalouf 04 of 45
“Thalia” maxi silk chiffon, one-shoulder dress with ruched waist and a cascading tie at the shoulder, $320, BHLDN
Two-tone pink V-neck bridesmaid dress, Jim Hjelm
“Gigi” front and back V-neck dress with soft drape ruffle, $295, Jenny Yoo
Style 597, navy crystal chiffon V-neck dress with shirred above-the-knee skirt with royal crystal chiffon band at hem, $192, Wtoo 10 of 45
Bridesmaid Dresses for City Destination Weddings
Brides planning a city destination wedding can worry less about the weather than beach brides—most urban soirees take place indoors and therefore, more emphasis should be placed on the venue’s vibe when choosing bridesmaid dresses. Sleek satins and shiny silks are ideal for modern, downtown weddings. Hemlines and sleeves are more flexible, based on the bride’s preference and the season. Sophisticated details like sequins, cap sleeves, and metallic belts help celebrate the glamour of a city wedding no matter the season.
“Arabella” sequin dress, $440, Kirribilla 12 of 45
Style F15409, one-shoulder, asymmetrically draped bridesmaid dress in matte crepe with grosgrain sash and back-bow detail in plum, $149, David’s Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses for Garden Destination Weddings
A garden wedding can take place anywhere, from the Tuscan hills to a suburban park. Wherever the region, use your bridesmaid dresses to conjure up the idyllic setting of your outdoor venue. Flowery prints and lace are great, whether the hem be short or long, as are greens and pastels of any shade. Cotton is always a reliable fabric in case the weather looks iffy.
Style 450092, faux wrap side drape printed taffeta dress with sash, $298, Monique Lhuillier
Yellow one-shoulder bridesmaid dress, $235, J. Crew
Floor-length spaghetti strap bridesmaid dress, Amsale
Strapless sweetheart floor-length dress, Dessy Collection
Bridesmaid Dresses for Mountain Destination Weddings
What’s more romantic than saying “I do” with the backdrop of, say, the Rocky Mountains? Not a whole lot. Rustic, mountainside weddings are the perfect opportunity to embrace rich, earthy tones in your bridesmaid dresses. If your mountain wedding is in the winter, give your ‘maids long sleeves or a floor-length hem for some extra coverage. Summer weddings can be warm, so strapless dresses in forest greens, cabernet reds, or chocolate browns, are a great way to mix it up.
Ivy & Aster
“Orchid” dress in Monet print, Ivy & Aster 32 of 45
Style 107KC, strapless lace bridesmaid dress with a sweetheart neckline, $198, Aria Bridesmaids