beach brides–what hem length did you go for?

posted 2 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 2
539 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

i had a full length dress with a train.  I wore flat sandals (BHLDN jeweled ones!).  It got dirty as hell but i didn’t care lol

Post # 3
1242 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

SeaRhapsody:  Anytime I have a long dress getting hemmed (usually to be in a wedding), I get it hemmed for flats. I think it’s better to get a peak of the shoes then trip at some point. Also, in my experience, it seems that seamtresses (and I’ve used a couple) tend to hem it on the longer side, so I if I’m wearing flats, it’s usually sweeping the floor a bit anyway.

Post # 5
87 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Sorry i forgot to comment, but i went for tea length because i wanted to run in the ocean after we said our vows!!!

Post # 6
532 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I actually had my dress so that heels was the ideal length, BUT I did go barefoot most of the night and it didn’t look weird. I suppose it was a LITTLE longer than it should’ve been but it didn’t seem like a major problem in the pictures.


This is me barefoot:



And this is me WITH the heels (but keep in mind, it was only a few inches. Not some crazy 5 inch heel)



Post # 7
1329 posts
Bumble bee

I performed at a beach wedding a few years ago and the bride (I kid you not) wore an ivory satin gown with a LONG TRAIN.

By the time she got back to the boardwalk, the train was (naturally) an absolute MESS.


I cannot begin to imagine how it must have felt to drag the wet, sandy mess around all night at the reception, but that was apparently what she planned to do.

Common sense- as long as you are prepared to drag a grayish brown, moist appendage with you for cocktails and photos, live it up.

Before you do though, consider ankle length and barefoot, or even with dressy flipflops- you can find them, probably available on Etsy.

Post # 8
174 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I am having everything on the beach – ceremony, reception, after party.  

I am having a long dress, but it is a convertible dress that converts into a cocktail dress for the reception.  In other words the skirt comes off to leave a fitted mini cocktail dress underneath for the reception.  

I plan to be in the long dress for the ceremony and reception and then remove the skirt for the first dance, which opens the dance floor for the after party (we are bringing in a dancefloor on the beach).  I don’t plan on wearing shoes for the ceremony.  The dress will drag a bit because I don’t want my shoes to show.  I will likely wear flats for the reception, but maybe put on heels for the first dance and the after party.  Still up in the air.

I don’t plan on getting in the water on the day of the wedding.  We are doing a photoshoot (trash the dress session) the day after the wedding and getting in the water then (jumping off a cliff).

  • This reply was modified 2 years ago by  iDesigner.
Post # 9
2207 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

ann.reid.9277:  i think it really depends on the material! i got a long, tulle/lace dress with a huge train despite having an outdoor ceremony/reception. after the ceremony, there were TONS of twigs/leaves/dirt in my dress (especially after a potted plant fell on it LOL). after we did our portraits, the tulle totally dried up and all of the debris just fell right out! and you can’t see any of that stuff in the pictures. it was a bit of a pain at the time, but looks soooo stunning in the pictures and felt like a dream (aside from watching spiders crawl up the netting haha). i’m sure the bride you’re talking about in the satin dress was seriously weighed down.. but you only get married once (hopefully) so why not go all out? 🙂


OP, i chose to wear flats during my ceremony and recpetion both rather than deal with differing hem lengths.

Post # 10
1329 posts
Bumble bee

sleepyhead22:  Agreed! The satin bride seemed oblivious to the mess, so definitely not my choice, but more power to her.

Post # 11
703 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I am wearing a tea length dress.

Post # 14
327 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - A sunny beach in Freeport, The Bahamas

I wore a full length dress (no train) and flip flops. 

Post # 15
3 posts
  • Wedding: May 2015

I am planning to wear a trumpet or mermaid style for my beach wedding 🙂 and barefoot…which I am trying to figure out because my fiance is 6’4 and I am 5’3 LOL

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