If you’re a beach-loving bride planning your wedding, you know that finding that perfect swimsuit for your big day and your honeymoon is just as important as finding the perfect dress. We don’t want to say it’s more important, but we’re also not not saying that. Because while that floor-length ball gown with a train is totally stunning, you can actually wear bridal swimsuits again and again.
So, whether you’re planning a tropical destination wedding or simply want to take a dip in the ocean during your reception, a bridal swimsuit is a must-have!
With so many options out there, you’ll need a bridal swimsuit stylist: aka us.
That’s why we’ve hand-picked five stunning bridal swimsuits that will make you feel confident and beautiful on your special day. From elegant one-pieces to stylish bikinis, these swimsuits are perfect for any beach bride looking to make a splash. Grab your SPF 30 sunscreen, and let’s dive into the perfect wedding with these five bridal swimsuits for beach brides.
Why Do Brides Wear White?
It seems like white and bridal fashion is as linked as pool parties and summertime — well, maybe. In fact, more than 80% of brides wore pristine white dresses on their wedding days. But where does this tradition come from? Fun fact: This practice likely dates back to more than 2,000 years ago, to the Roman Republic, when brides wore a white tunic.
The popularity of the white wedding dress dipped and rose throughout the years, but by the late 19th century, it was as popular as ever, largely thanks to Queen Victoria. Of course, white bridal couture is largely a Western thing; countries all over the world have different colors associated with weddings.
Bridal fashion is always changing. For example, statement sleeves have returned from the 1980s alive and well. Scrunchies are back from the 1980s/1990s, and we couldn’t be happier about it. Colorful or floral print bridal dresses are more common than ever, but the vast majority of brides still choose white or at least something in the white/cream/champagne family.
With that color insp in mind, let’s dive in (pun intended) to the basics of bridal beachwear:
Factors To Consider When Choosing a Bridal Swimsuit
Shopping for a bridal swimsuit is exciting, especially when you’re planning a beach wedding or honeymoon. Your suit should make you feel as confident as Ariel rocking a shell bra and match your wedding theme and style.
Here are some factors to consider when choosing a bridal swimsuit:
You want to feel comfortable and confident in your swimsuit throughout the day, whether taking a dip in the ocean or lounging by the pool. Choose a swimsuit that fits well and doesn’t dig into the skin.
We are the first to tell you that you can wear whatever style of swimsuit you want, regardless of your body type. Rock it with confidence! Your personal preference should dictate whether you want a suit with more or less coverage. One-piece suits will offer a bit more modesty, while bikinis show a little more skin.
Color and Style
Sure, most brides opt for white, but you don’t have to. Choose a color and style that complements your skin tone, hair, and wedding theme. White and ivory are popular choices, but you could also go for pastels or bold colors.
Look for swimsuits made of high-quality materials that won’t stretch or fade over time. Sometimes it’s worth paying a bit more to have a quality piece of clothing that will last for years rather than just a season or two. Wearing your bridal swimsuit on your romantic anniversary trip to Mexico? Yes, please.
Don’t forget to add some pizzazz to your look with a cover-up, hat, sunglasses, woven tote bag, and jewelry that matches your bridal vision.
What Are Some Bridal Swimsuit Styles?
When it comes to bridal swimsuits, there are several styles to choose from. It’s totally your call, but we think you should go with whatever makes you feel. Here are a few styles to think about when you’re browsing bathing suits.
A one-piece suit will give you a bit more coverage and support, and they are perfect for brides who want a classic, elegant look. You can find various styles such as halter, strapless, or deep v-neckline suits. They may be classic, but they can also be super sexy.
A two-piece bikini is perfect for brides who want to show off a little skin. Anyone can rock a bikini, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! Or, for more coverage and a 1950s-style throwback, high-waisted bikini bottom styles will never let you down.
Women with larger busts might want to consider a top that will offer enough support to be comfortable, but other than that, just choose a suit that makes you feel good.
Monokinis combine the sexiness of a two-piece with the coverage of a one-piece. A monokini usually has strategically placed cut-outs or straps that create a unique design. These are pretty universally flattering suits, and they’re also super fun.
Tankinis provide the coverage of a one-piece with the ease and flexibility of a two-piece. With a tank top style top and a bikini bottom, they’re the perfect choice for brides who want a balance between coverage, sexiness, and simplicity.
What Are the Top Five Bridal Swimsuits for Beach Brides?
Okay, now that you know some of the important factors to consider and the different styles available, let’s dive into the top five bridal swimsuits that we’ve curated just for you. These are a few of our faves, and we are also launching a brand new bridal line that you will absolutely love.
1. The Amalfi One Piece
If you know that you want a predominantly white bathing suit but that you might want a print or cute floral detail, this one's for you. With a simple spaghetti strap style and a scoop neck top, the Amalfi screams cottagecore bride.
Haven't figured out your “something blue” yet? We’ve got you. The delicate cornflower blue floral print is beyond perfect. And if you don’t love the pattern? This suit comes in 10 other colors.
2. The Tropez
Want to flaunt a little skin? You’ve gotta check out the Tropez two-piece. With a crocheted fabric, triangle top, and low-rise bottom with medium coverage, this one is just right for a honeymoon with your loved one.
3. The Mykonos One Piece
The perfect bathing suit doesn’t exist … Wait, yes, it does.
The Mykonos features wide shoulder straps for amazing support for all body types, a super deep plunging neckline, and a medium leg cut with full bottom coverage. If you’re going with traditional white, this suit comes in not one but TWO types of fabrics: flat white or ribbed white. Take the plunge and feel like a million bucks!
4. The Ventura
This two-piece suit could not be any cuter. For our slightly sportier brides, the Ventura offers a supportive and dynamic take on a staple. The scoop neck top has removable soft cups. You could pair it with any of our ribbed white bottoms or banded bottoms.
The banded bottom has a high leg cut with cheeky coverage. And who isn’t feeling a little cheeky on their honeymoon?
5. The Nantucket
This daring suit has a one-shoulder style and a zebra jacquard print for something a little different. We’re offering The Nantucket as an option for a bride who wants a suit in a color other than white.
This one comes in black, navy, red, and the limited edition Topaz and Holly. You’re gonna love this choice.
Accessories to Complement Your Bridal Swimsuit
To complete your beach bride look, don’t forget to accessorize your swimsuit. You’ll want to go with some of these items:
A cover-up provides much-needed protection from the sun and extra coverage if you need to stop in somewhere additional attire is required. The Palma Romper with a removable belt is perfect for casual strolls down the pier, and the linen Amora Dress is so breezy yet elegant that you might want to wear it getting ready for your big day (or the big day itself!).
A Super Cute Hat
A hat not only adds style to your look but also protects your hair and face from the sun and keeps you cool. A wide-brimmed straw hat or a floppy sun hat will do the trick.
The Hat Attack Washed Cotton Crusher was on the front cover of INSTYLE — for a dang good reason. This hat is soft, handmade, and has SPF protection. Also, it’s adorable beyond words.
If you don’t have a good pair of sunglasses that you love, drop everything and go find some! Aviators are always in style; cat-eye glasses are classic cute, and oversized glasses give that Jackie O vibe that we can’t get enough of. Heart-shaped sunglasses are super on-theme and make for some memorable pictures.
Just a touch of jewelry adds some sparkle and elegance to your beach look. We love a delicate necklace, a pair of statement earrings, or a couple of kitschy plastic bangles stacked on one wrist. If you’re a diehard fitness watch wearer, maybe consider switching out the band for a nice clean white one that will match your suit. Note that you might want to take off any pricey pieces (looking at you, engagement ring) while doing water sports or building an epic sandcastle — unless you want to spend the rest of your day metal detecting up and down the beach.
Whether you’re looking for a bridal swimsuit for your wedding day or for your honeymoon, we love your commitment to making your wedding exactly what you want it to be. Enjoy the tradition of wearing white, or don’t. You do you!
Just make sure to find a suit that makes you feel like the queen that you are, throw on some accessories, and don’t forget your sunscreen. Bon voyage!