Nov 7, 2017 Shopping Picks

18 Destination Wedding Dresses That Are Beyond Beautiful

by Allyson Payer
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Planning a destination wedding isn't exactly a piece of cake (no pun intended), but finding the perfect, destination wedding dress doesn't have to add to the stress. As you know, venue, location, and season are big factors when choosing a wedding dress, especially when the wedding is taking place somewhere exciting. So how to decide, when faced with thousands of dress options?

The first step is to not panic, and the second is to consider the terrain, architecture, and general vibe of the destination, plus what type of attire you'd pack if you were just vacationing. (Taking a trip to Napa, for example? Your suitcase is likely filled with casual yet romantic dresses, which should give an indication as to the type of wedding dress you'll want if you're having a vineyard wedding.)

Or you could just peruse our below guide to six common destination-wedding locales, from sandy shores to Las Vegas. We have tips and pretty dresses to shop that would perfectly suit each type of wedding. Read on to shop 18 beautiful wedding dresses according to destination.

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Getting married by the sea? (Consider yourself lucky.) Here, it's best to avoid a dress with a train, but a dress with some movement to it is a must—it'll look stunning in photos thanks to the inevitable sea breeze.

Shop Beach-Ready Wedding Dresses:

Stone Fox Bride The Frederika Dress ($4900)

Reformation Pleated Maxi Dress ($428)

Ranna Gill Myra Dress ($370)

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Our best advice for a Vegas wedding is to have fun with it and think outside the box. A few options are a jumpsuit, a shorter dress, or something with sparkles.

Shop Las Vegas–Ready Wedding Dresses:

Cushnie et Ochs Devon Crossover Detail Stretch Cady Dress ($1595)

Jill Jill Stuart Mara Jumpsuit ($280)

Adrianna Papell Embellished Scoop Back Gown ($312)

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Embrace the old-world feel of a European fête and choose something with Victorian accents (or even a princess vibe).

Shop Europe-Ready Wedding Dresses:

Stone Fox Bride The Rita Dress ($4300)

Fame and Partners Queen of the Night Dress ($399)

Watters Opaline Ballgown ($1450)

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We love a clean, modern look for a desert wedding. There are a slew of options on the market for modern brides, from formal to casual, and you’re definitely not confined to a wedding dress when seeking something modern. Explore the option of ordering a cool designer dress like the below from Roksanda.

Shop Desert-Ready Wedding Dresses:

Roksanda Maury Drop-Waist Wool and Silk-Blend Gown ($3630)

Self-Portrait Bardot Guipure Lace-Trimmed Satin Gown ($609)

ASOS Curve Deep Plunge Origami Bow Front Maxi Dress ($76)

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Vineyard weddings are intrinsically rustic, thus calling for a gown that skews more bohemian. We love something romantic, like a breezy off-the-shoulder dress, for this destination.

Shop Vineyard-Ready Wedding Dresses:

Temperley London Off-the-Shoulder Metallic Fil Coupé Organza Gown ($1995)

Houghton Morgan V-Neck Empire Gown ( $2750 ) ($1925)

Christy Dawn The Athena Dress ($1800)

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A chic long-sleeve dress is our top choice for a mountain wedding. If the wedding is taking place in the summer, just be sure to choose something with sheer sleeves, e.g., lace or Swiss-dot fabric.

Shop Mountain-Ready Wedding Dresses:

Theia Nicole Lace Gown ($1495)

Roland Mouret Ella Wool-Crepe Gown ($4610)

Fame and Partners Laced Victoria Dress ($329)

Next up, shop more wedding dresses you can buy off the rack.