Nautical Bride

A nautical themed wedding is classic New England. From starfish and conch shell decorations to anchor-centric invitations, it’s all traditional décor for the nautical theme. Want to extend the theme throughout your bridal party? Party Dress Express in Fall River, MA will have you feeling the “motion of the ocean” with these great nautical ideas for your wedding gown and entire bridal party!

For the Bride

Let’s start with the star of the show, the blushing bride. If you’re looking for the literal oceanic bridal gown to suit your sea-loving fashion, then we recommend the Disney Collection from Alfred Angelo with our aquatic princess Ariel from The Little Mermaid. Its' mermaid silhouette and strapless sweetheart bodice will showcase your beautiful shape and leave you feeling as in love with this dress as Ariel is for Prince Eric. The glimmering accents on the bodice also pay homage to Ariel’s love of treasures and with three lovely colors to choose from, it can tie in with any nautical bride’s image of perfection. (Ivory/silver, white/silver and ocean blue)

Nautical Bridal Gown: Princess Ariel

If the mermaid silhouette is a bit too literal for your oceanic wedding, we have another gorgeous option: Casablanca style 2172 bridal gown. This gown will also compliment your aquatic fancy with its empire waist and exquisite beadwork. It is perfect for walking down the beach or boardwalk with the light layered chiffon fabric and one layer of silky charmeuese. The top beading consist of crystals, rhinestones, seed beads and pearls that resemble the sparkle of the water as the gleaming sun hits the waves. And the beaded spaghetti straps are detachable for an alternate look.

Nautical Bride: Casablanca style 2172 bridal gown


For the Bridal Party

Our top pick for the bridal party is designer Bill Levkoff, style 945. These dresses will compliment the beachy bride perfectly! The dress is chiffon with a ruche bodice and a v-neck top. It is bound to have your bridesmaids feeling sea-worthy with its easy movement and lightness to dance in. The dress is extremely versatile and looks fantastic in different colors. It’s also a great way to incorporate one of the newest trends too – having your bridesmaids wear the same dress in different colors! Marine and pewter are great colors to pair together for a nautical theme – and the canary and capri colors mimic the blue ocean and the warm sunshine. Coral, mint and glacier are also fabulous summer color options. Style 945 below pictured in: (left to right) Row 1: Canary, Capri, Row 2: Pewter, Marine.

Nautical Bridesmaids' Dresses: Casablanca Style 945, Canary
Nautical Bridesmaids' Dresses: Casablanca Style 945, Capri
Nautical Bridesmaids' Dresses: Casablanca Style 945, Pewter
Nautical Bridesmaids' Dresses: Casablanca Style 945, Marine

Our second pick to coordinate with our coast-loving bride is from Allure Bridesmaids, style 1415, which is shown below in salmon. This long dress is light, graceful and adds an elegant touch for the bride looking to add some “yacht club flair” for her bridesmaids. The strapless sweetheart neckline and empire waist compliments many body shapes and the chiffon fabric is movable for those bridesmaids who like to twirl on the dance floor.

Nautial Bridesmaids' Dresses: Allure Bridesmaids, style 1415

Another great trend is to dress your bridal party in the same dress color, but in a different dress! This option allows your bridesmaids to pick out their own dress style – ensuring that they feel their best. Below are beautiful options from the Dessy Collection featured in Fuchsia. From left to right are styles - Row 1: 2942(Dessy), 6730 (After Six), Row 2: 8159 (Social) and 2931 (Dessy)

Bridesmaid Dress: 2942(Dessy)
Bridesmaid Dress: 6730 (After Six)
Bridesmaid Dress
Bridesmaid Dress: 2931 (Dessy)

Since most nautical or beach themed weddings happen in the summer time, especially for New England brides, consider these summer color combos for your bridesmaids wearing same style/different color bridesmaids' dresses:

Bridesmaids Dresse: Allure, Salmon
Bridesmaids Dresse: Allure, Watermelon
Bridesmaids Dresse: Allure, Hot Pink
Bridesmaids Dresse: Allure, Waterfall
Bridesmaids Dresse: Allure, Banana
Bridesmaids Dresse: Bill Levkoff, Coral
Bridesmaids Dresse: Bill Levkoff, Mint
Bridesmaids Dresse: Bill Levkoff, Glacier
Bridesmaids Dresse: Bill Levkoff, Capri
Alfred Angelo:
Bridesmaids Dresse: Alfred Angelo, Sunshine
Bridesmaids Dresse: Alfred Angelo, Aqua
Bridesmaids Dresse: Alfred Angelo, Pomegranate
Bridesmaids Dresse: Alfred Angelo, Coral
Bridesmaids Dresse: Alfred Angelo, Fuchsia


Bridal Accessories

Accessorizing the bridal party, as well as the bride, is also a great way to extend the nautical theme. Opt for pearls! They are derived from oysters and will fit right into your maritime vision. The pearl is symbolic of purity and innocence and it is often sewn into bridal gowns or worn as jewelry by the bride.

Yellow and rose gold can also be a beautiful way to accessorize the bridal party. They both have been becoming more popular based on the idea of hidden treasure that may be hiding in the deep blue sea.

Bridal Accessories: bridesmaid gift pearl earring and necklace set
Bridal Accessories: bridesmaid gift starfish earrings & necklace set
Multi Strand Pearl Necklace & Earring Set Abalone Pendant Necklace Set
Bridal Accessories: Pearl & Crystal Gold Bangle Bracelets
Bridal Accessories: Gold Open Heart Medallion Necklace
Gold with Crystal & Pearl Bangle Bracelets Gold Open Heart Medallion Necklace
Bridal Accessories: Vintage Pearl Chandelier Earrings
Bridal Accessories: Anchor Bangle Bracelet
Vintage Chandelier & Pearl Earrings Anchor Gold Tone Bangle Bracelet


Whether you’re getting married on the coastline, on a yacht or are just looking to incorporate some beach themed elements to your special day, look no further than Party Dress Express to help ease your shopping and keep the dress aspects of your wedding sailing smoothly into the sunset!


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