Published on

Feb 12, 2024

Collection Spotlight




Real Bride Stories

We love a summer wedding! There’s something magical about this warm and welcoming season. To help out our brides-to-be, we’re sharing our top tips for finding unique beach and summer wedding dresses for 2024! Whether you’re planning a relaxed beach wedding or destination affair, are a plus-size bride, or getting married for the second time—we’ll share the ideal fabrics, best necklines, and our favorite details so you can find your dress come true. 


We’ve got summer weddings on our mind, and we know our brides are looking for more than just the perfect weather or locale; they need a beautiful designer dress to go with it! And when it comes to gowns, there are lots to choose from. A designer summer wedding dress will feel effortless and look fantastic no matter the situation. There are some things to consider when shopping for the perfect warm weather wedding dress. You should take into account the fabric of the gown, the cut of the silhouette, and if it will fit your venue and style. We can answer all these questions and more.


First, let’s talk about indoor vs. outdoor weddings. If you’re having an indoor summer wedding, you have plenty of options. A hotel on the beach, a beautiful restaurant on the water, or even a lighthouse are great venues for an indoor summer wedding. You get all the beauty of the season, plus the benefits of a cool, air-conditioned space. This allows for potentially heavier fabrics, like crepe or satin, and long illusion sleeves. Indoor weddings tend to be more formal, so if you still want that summer feel—with a black-tie dress code—opt for an indoor wedding with a view. We recommend gowns like our Pia Wedding Dress, a timeless satin ball gown with modern detailing. 

Outdoor weddings let you embrace all the season has to offer. We love a chic garden party, and there’s something classic about a beach wedding. Think about keeping your guests comfortable by offering cute sunglasses they can wear, a paper fan, or water to keep them cool in the summer heat. With warmer temperatures, an outdoor wedding calls for lighter fabrics, shorter dresses, and sleeveless styles. We think a gown like our Penny Wedding Dress, in lightweight tulle with its off-the-shoulder sleeves , would be a great choice!


Destination weddings are a great way to embrace a summer or beach wedding. They bring a sense of adventure and excitement to your wedding day and create an experience that your guests will remember forever. Destination weddings are also a great option if you’re looking to elope. From a Caribbean Island to a Lake Como Italian affair, a destination wedding feels special. Something to consider is finding contacts in the city you’ll be hosting your wedding to help coordinate. Having a planner will help you source your vendors to create the perfect day. When picking your gown, we say let your location influence the dress. It’s important to choose a gown that will travel well, so we would recommend slimmer silhouettes in breezy fabrics that can easily be steamed to help you achieve a flawless look for destination wedding dresses. A designer dress like Daniela, style 5956, is a beautiful option for a destination summer wedding. The airy tulle A-line has a draped surplice bodice adorned with beautiful beading and whimsical off-the-shoulder tie sleeves. Jessie, style 15016 is a destination dream! The couture, crepe dress looks luxe in a sheath silhouette with stunning frosted embroidered lace cascading down the bodice and contouring the sides of the gown. The best part is the breathtaking back with sheer detailing and gorgeous cut-away lace petal train.


Not all summer weddings are beach weddings, but we think there’s something special about a seaside ceremony. Summer is the perfect time to have a beach wedding. It allows you to get the most out of the environment, like beautiful blue waters and cloudless skies. If you’re having your ceremony directly on the beach, plan accordingly with your decor and seating. It could be cute to offer your guests sandals or fans to keep them comfortable, and as a take-home item to make your wedding a day they won’t forget. Take inspiration from the scenery by incorporating the bold blue and turquoise colors of the water into your color scheme, and there’s nothing like a sunset on the beach to make your big day special. A gown like our our Phila Wedding Dress is a great choice if you’re looking for beach-style wedding dresses. The boho style has a relaxed chiffon skirt, that’s perfect for a summer beach wedding, with peek-a-boo botanical beaded embroidered accents. Our Meredith Wedding Dress totally embraces that beachy, boho style with airy A-line tulle skirt and frosted floral lace appliqués. With its sheer, ruched bodice and illusion side cut-outs you get an elegant, yet effortless, beach wedding look.


If you’re a bride who prefers things on the simpler side, we’ve got you covered. There are plenty of options for our brides to rock  simple summer wedding dresses. These effortless gowns look understated while still feeling totally bridal. Our Prospera Wedding Dress is a relaxed A-line with a chiffon skirt that’s perfect for a summer wedding. The corset bodice features pearl and crystal beaded botanical embroidery over romantic Chantilly lace making this a great simple wedding dress that will stun at a boho beach wedding. If you’re looking for no sparkle at all, our Phoenix Wedding Dress, might be the one for you. The chic crepe fit and flare has a structured, corset boned bodice with a cool cowl neckline that leads to detachable wrap around sleeves creating a cold-shoulder look. The faux-wrap skirt is artfully draped with a sexy skirt slit that will have you looking as hot as the weather at your summer wedding.


For our carefree brides that are looking for a casual summer wedding dress, we have options for you. Casual doesn’t have to mean boring, and these dreamy gowns have beautiful details in silhouettes that are comfortable and effortless; perfect for a casual summer wedding. Our Nyssa Wedding Dress is a cool and casual slip dress with romantic details. The slinky, soft satin gown has a draped cowl neckline and open back with delicate lace edging that adds a feminine touch. The front skirt slit ands more movement to the dress and reveals a sultry pop leg, making this a chic, yet casual, wedding dress for our summer brides. Another option, that’s perfect for our plus size brides, is our Nadia Wedding Dress. The free flowing chiffon creates beautiful movement on the A-line silhouette. The strapless bodice features a angular neckline and asymmetric draping for added texture on the casual gown with bishop sleeves for a whimsical touch.


With the heat that comes along with a summer wedding, some of our brides may be interested in a short dress. Short wedding dresses are sweet, a twist on tradition, and a great option for a summer wedding. For a short summer bridal gown that feels a bit more classic, there’s our Lindsey Wedding Dress. The sophisticated sheath mini dress takes sleek crepe and contrasts it with romantic frosted embroidered lace sleeves. The off-the-shoulder neckline is totally timeless and the illusion back with take your breath away. If you love a bit of whimsy, there’s our Naomi Wedding Dress. The short flared A-line features a sheer sweetheart bodice with couture corsetry and asymmetrical draping. The flounced tulle skirt has cascading three-dimensional floral embroidery for a fairytale look. And if you’re looking to make a statement our Lourdes Wedding Dress offers big drama in a small package. The full A-line has a sleek satin bodice with a sweetheart neckline and contoured seaming paired with a frilled feathered skirt for incredible texture and dimension. 


The summer season is the perfect time to play with color in your wedding dress. Pretty pastels and warm nudes look beautiful for a colorful summer wedding dress. If you’re looking to make a splash at your summer wedding with a colorful dress, try our Persephone Wedding Dress. This fairytale gown has colorful frosted floral embroidery decorating the lightweight tulle mermaid. The sweetheart bodice has a subtle sheerness that exposes the couture boning and makes the colorful embroidery really pop for a summer statement wedding dress.

Special Considerations for Plus Size Brides, Older Brides, and Second Marriages

Some brides may feel that there are certain restrictions put on them for what they can and can’t wear to their summer wedding. We make gowns for every bride, so we’re positive you can find your perfect summer wedding dress. If you’re a plus-size bride, you may be worried about finding a flattering gown in a style suitable for a summer wedding. Our Julietta Collection was designed specifically for our curvy brides. The Julietta Collection is full of supportive styles in stunning silhouettes and all kinds of fabrics that are designed to beautifully enhance your shape. Our Nadette Wedding Dress is the perfect choice if you love the effortless boho look and nothing looks sexier on a curvy figure than our Nicky Wedding Dress! If you’re a mature bride, you may be looking for more coverage in your gown. Our Grace Collection was created with modesty in mind. These gowns offer full coverage without losing any of the beautiful bridal style you want in a designer wedding dress. A gown like our Nichelle Wedding Dress is a great option for a summer wedding dress, featuring a bateau neckline and short sleeves with a billowing boho tulle skirt. We love how the delicately beaded, leafy embroidered appliqués brings in that summer vibe. Sometimes brides who are getting married for the second time are looking for a dress that’s a little less traditional. Our Nanette Wedding Dress is a unique A-line ball gown in intricate laser cut floral tulle, creating a beautifully abstract botanical pattern. The scalloped edge on the corset bodice and detachable pouf sleeves help to make this a statement summer wedding dress that’s perfect for our second time brides.


With summer being the hottest season of the year it’s important to pick the right fabric for your wedding dress. You want a fabric that is breathable and easy to move in. Our number one choice would be chiffon. It’s a lightweight material that has an effortless feel. Soft to the touch, a chiffon summer wedding dress will make it look as if you’re floating, especially when caught by the breeze. Chiffon fabric also has a simple elegance to it that lends itself beautifully to a beach or summer wedding. If you’re looking for a style that has a little more volume, we recommend a soft tulle, net, or organza gown. These fabrics often have a gossamer-like quality to them that makes them feel light as air, yet achieve a fullness that chiffon can’t. These fabrics also create a beautiful draping effect that we think will look stunning for a summer wedding. 


When it comes to necklines it’s often personal preference which cut you go for. For a summer wedding, we think styles like strapless, sweetheart, and halter work best. A strapless neckline lets you beautifully show off your decolletage and shoulders. Strapless necklines feel more modern and provide the breathability you would want in a summer wedding dress. Another option is the classic sweetheart neckline. This bridal staple is romantic and helps to emphasize your curves. This neckline can also be strapless, offering you the same benefits as the straight neck style, or paired with straps that will provide more support should you need it. If you’re looking for a neckline that’s a little more fun, we think a halter neck also makes for a perfect summer wedding dress choice. This style gives a beachy feel, wrapping around your neck to show off your shoulders. Halters also show off your back. The backless or keyhole look that this neckline gives is a great choice for summer or beach wedding dresses.


A summer or beach wedding is the perfect opportunity to choose a dress that has a beautiful back! Backless gowns, keyhole backs, and strappy details are our favorite when it comes to cute back details on a summer wedding dress. Our Blaire Wedding Dress, is the perfect choice if you’re looking for cool cutouts. The dress has illusion detailing and an open keyhole back, lined with blingy beading, that we can’t get enough of! Our Marlow Wedding Dress is effortless and ethereal with romantic crystal beaded three-dimensional floral lace on a soft A-line silhouette. The open back is stunning and we love the dainty touch of the tie-back detail. If you’re looking for glitz and glamour at your summer wedding, nothing tops our Paisley Wedding Dress with its illusion back designed with iridescent crystal and pearl beading.


If you are a bride who prefers a sleeve there are a couple of options that best suit a summer wedding dress. Dainty cap sleeves will offer coverage and support while still feeling appropriate for the season. The cap sleeve style stops just below the shoulder, leaving most of your arm exposed, keeping your arms cool and with a full range of movement. Our plus-size brides will love our Nina Wedding Dress. The chic fit and flare will contour your figure in stretch crepe and we love the sheer floral bodice and blingy pearl beaded straps. For the modern-minimalist summer bride, our Peyton Wedding Dress has an effortless look in stretch crepe with its oversized cuffed neckline creating cool cuffed sleeves. If you want a sleeve that feels a bit more dreamy we’d choose a draped style. This type of sleeve can technically be worn on the shoulder should you need more support, but we think it looks best off-the-shoulder for a summer wedding. The soft, off-the-shoulder drape looks effortless and feels that way too. A perfect style for this is our Pacifica Wedding Dress, a billowing ball gown in floral embroidered organza. The best part, many of our draped sleeves are detachable. This gives you the option for two looks in one.


A designer summer wedding dress needs the perfect accessories to go with it. First and foremost, a veil. For many brides, it’s putting on a veil that finally brings their bridal vision to life and a summer wedding deserves a fresh and elegant veil. With the heat, we think that something shorter—like a fingertip-length veil—works best. Our Pearl and Crystal Finger Tip Length Veil has a touch of sparkle with crystals and pearls that will pop at a summer wedding. If you love lace, our Embroidered Appliqués on Tulle Veil is accented by bold floral lace, perfect for boho brides. For something a little more trendy, add a pair of gloves to your wedding day look! Our Crystal Beaded Net Gloves are a sheer net, opera-length glove with blingy crystal beading that’s sure to sparkle in the summer sun.


A summer wedding is the perfect time to celebrate on the beach. The beach is a beautiful location with crashing waves and salt in the air, but there are things to consider like the sand and sun. So you might be wondering, what should a bride wear to a beach wedding? You want a dress that feels breezy, something that will keep you cool, and fit the beachy vibes. 

The best silhouettes for wedding dresses for the beach are effortless A-lines and relaxed fit and flares. We recommend fabrics like chiffon and net, which make for a lightweight beach wedding dress. The perfect neckline really is personal preference, but we think a plunging v-neck or strapless sweetheart is great for a beach wedding. When it comes to back details for a beach wedding dress, we love a beautiful open back. Showing some skin at a beach wedding feels completely appropriate, and an open back is perfect for wedding dresses for a beach wedding. For the brides who are asking “can you have sleeves on a beach wedding dress?” The answer is absolutely yes! Something simple like a cap sleeve or draped, off-the-shoulder sleeve are great options for designer beach wedding dresses, but we also love a dainty strap.

If you’re looking to accessorize your beach wedding dress, consider pieces like detachable sleeves and overskirts. These accessories are versatile and give you two looks in one; the perfect transition from ceremony to reception! Make a statement with our Three-Dimensional Floral Lace Appliqués Tulle Sleeves, or add on an airy tulle overskirt that will beautifully billow in the summer breeze, like our Overskirt with Crystal Beaded Waistband.

Ready to find your dream summer wedding dress? Begin your search at one of Morilee’s partner retailers