Beaches are romantic backdrops for a wedding, from the fresh air to the lulling waves of the ocean to the warm sand. It’s no wonder that many brides opt to celebrate by the sea.

The challenge? Finding a wedding gown that is suited for the often windy and, of course, sandy conditions of a beach. Some brides opt for shorter gowns, worried a full length dress will be too cumbersome.

While tea length gowns are always an option, for the classic bride who still dreams of a floor length dress and is determined to get married on the beach, there are options.

Look no further than the Voyagé collection from Mori Lee, available at Diamond Bridal Gallery. These dresses are made for destination weddings, with lightweight material and gorgeous details meant to work on sandy terrain. Here are our top suggestions and picks:

  1. Go for a Sweep or Fish Tail Train: A chapel length train is obviously not the right fit for a beach wedding. For one it’s too formal; for another, it’s likely to get dirty and hard to manage in gusty wind. If you still want one, opt for a fishtail train, which flares out from the knee, or a sweep train, which is the same length as a fishtail but trails from the bottom of the dress. This chiffon dress, with beaded straps and a simple bodice, complements a sweep train. A fishtail train adds a modern touch to this lace ivory gown.
  2. Pick a Lightweight Fabric: Satin, brocade, and taffeta may be sophisticated picks, but the heaviness and wrinkle-vulnerability of these fabrics make them a poor fit for the beach. Go with chiffon, shantung, or crepe. The delicate chiffon skirt on this dress is paired with a beaded bodice and delicate straps. For a sexier vibe, crepe is the perfect match for this beaded bodice mermaid.
  3. Focus on Neckline Details: Without a dramatic train, you’ll want to play up details near the neckline of the dress, whether you opt for embroidered sleeves or a romantic sweetheart neckline. Details on the upper half of the dress also won’t weigh you down the way beading over all would. The Marion gown features a beaded v neck and cold shoulder bell sleeves; the chantilly lace overall is a lighter detail. The chiffon skirt is elegant but modest on this gown, while the plunging neckline draws attention to a crustal flower pattern across the bodice.