What to Wear to a Summer Wedding : Guest Looks that Won't Break the Bank
Summertime is upon us, and you know what that means…summer weddings! If your mailbox is full of save-the-dates and wedding invitations, then you’ve come to the right place. Over 2 million couples will get married this year, with many of those weddings taking place in the summer. If you find yourself struggling with what to wear to those summer weddings, have no fear. We’re here to help with several styles that are perfect for the festivities, and the best part is they won’t break the bank!
Many people assume that wedding guest outfits go hand in hand with dark colors and rich fabrics, like silk and velvet, but these are some of the last things you want to wear in the sweltering heat of a July afternoon! Always keep the heat in mind when dressing for a summer wedding. Lightweight, breathable, and flowy dresses can be your best friend in fighting the balmy weather. If you’re still stuck on the black, then try out something like this tulip hem layered dress or this sheer mini dress. Both are chic, summer-appropriate, and extremely airy…and you still get your black. Add your pop of summer color with a small clutch!
Total Look = $156.00
An outdoor summer wedding is a perfect time to loosen up and get adventurous with color! Think whimsical garden party vibes. Floral prints are the obvious choice for a garden party type of event, but if you want to stand out from the rest, go with a vibrant solid instead. This long front-tie dress is cheery and bright, with lots of sophisticated details. Pull your hair back in a full or partial updo to really let this dress have its moment. Add sandals and some simple jewelry and get ready to accept some compliments! Don’t worry, you’ll look stunning without taking the spotlight away from the bride.
Total Look = $137.00
Midi dresses are great for casual and cocktail wedding gatherings. If you’re not really into vibrant colors, then try something a little more neutral. Earth tones like beige, creams, light browns, and tans are great go-to summer colors. This mini dress checks all the summer wedding guest boxes with its fern-like gio-print, lightweight and flowy fabric, and neutral color palette. Set off your classy casual look with a statement necklace and earrings. Summer weather can be unpredictable, so bring along this open-front dolman sleeve cardigan. It will come in handy if it gets chilly during an evening wedding or in case unexpected rain forces the party inside an air-conditioned venue.
Total Look = $123.00
Floral prints are perfect for summer weddings, so you can’t go wrong with florals when picking out your wedding outfit. For casual weddings, consider a mini-floral print top for a look that’s fun and flirty. Or, if you’re into making more of a statement, don’t be afraid to show off an abstract or oversized floral print to really stand out from the crowd, such as this bold one-shoulder top. Consider wearing white bottoms, which always add a touch of elegance and embody that summer vibe. If you’re going to be indoors during the wedding, pair your tops with a darker contrasting blazer for a casual chic look.
Total Look = $190.00
Semi-Formal Long Dresses
Semi-formal wedding attire typically means a long dress, but you still want to have that warm-weather vibe. Semi-formal is somewhere between casual and formal. Keep in mind that it still has “formal” in the description, so you want to look put together but leave the ball gown at home. If you’re not entirely sure how formal to dress, check out photos of the wedding venue to get a better feel of the atmosphere. This breezy one-shoulder maxi dress has all the elegance you need, and the light sage color is trending this summer. Elevate your ensemble with accessories, like statement earrings to complete your outfit. Add a woven straw bag to top off your summer look.
Total Look = $184.00
Summer is synonymous with the beach and many couples take to the sand to say their nuptials. A beach or seaside venue comes with its own set of factors to consider. Go for garments that are breathable and opt for no-fuss accessories, like minimalistic jewelry and flat sandals that will stand up to the heat and uneven terrain. Beach attire also opens up the door to a plethora of possibilities as far as patterns and prints! These waist tie pants are a fun option with their palm print, wide flowy legs, and a contrasting striped cloth belt. Add a sleeveless top and a cute hat and you’re ready to watch those “I do’s”.
Total Look = $190.00
Summertime is a superb time for a country wedding. If you have the pleasure of attending a summer country wedding, then take advantage of this grand opportunity and have fun with your attire. A country wedding isn’t so much about glitz and glam, but more about simple and understated style. Nature usually takes a central role in the country theme, so opt for beautiful floral prints with hues of lilac, soft yellow, pink, and red. This winning look will have you emerging as a stunning wildflower and the bride will appreciate the addition to her country backdrop. This gorgeous lace-trimmed floral dress has the perfect mix of colors, is short enough to avoid dragging in the dirt, and has all the country zeal!
Total Look = $124.00
Is your summer wardrobe typically super casual and the thought of dressing up in the heat strikes a little fear in your heart? Navigating your outfit as a wedding guest can be challenging and it can be confusing to decipher the dress code. No need to worry, there are some easy rules to follow and there are always great options for the laid-back dresser. Regardless of how casual the summer wedding is going to be, skip over denim, shorts, tank tops, and flip flops no matter how tempting it may be, as these garments are generally frowned upon for wedding attire. Keep it lowkey and wedding appropriate with this tiered shirt dress! Add some simple bracelets, braided sandals, and a small clutch for a look that’s summer wedding approved without sacrificing your comfort level.
Total Look = $160.00
Animal prints may seem like a risky choice for a wedding, but when done right you can totally pull it off! After all, what’s the point of dressing up if you can’t have a little fun! Minimal styling is the key to successfully executing an impactful print. Keep your hair and makeup simple and opt for jewelry that compliments your dress without going overboard. If you love animal prints, then this dalmatian printed mini dress is ideal for a casual summer wedding. The bubble sleeves, ruffled neckline, and tiered baby doll cut give off that summer vibe, while the tasteful animal print elevates the look. This unique dress will make an impact without drawing attention away from the bride.
Total Look = $152.00