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What to Wear to a Summer Wedding: 3 Stylish Outfit Ideas

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As warm weather starts rolling in and classes wrap up, wedding season begins! Personally, I’m gearing up for the many weddings I will be attending this summer (including my own!).

The rules about what guests should wear to a wedding are becoming looser and looser, but as you think ahead to each wedding, it’s important to note that different weddings call for different attire. Also, different kinds of guests require different kinds of preparation!

Sometimes, you’ll know ahead of time what kind of setting the wedding will be in, and other times you won’t. Either way, you’ll want to be prepared for anything – you want to make sure you’ll have a great time!

Below, we’ve created three cute and stylish outfits based on different types of wedding guests, as well as some tips for looking your best during wedding season. We hope these will help you be ready to enjoy these summer weddings to their fullest, no matter what kind of guest you are!

Guest #1: Wants to dance the night away!

Wedding Outfit - blue dress, coral accessories, sandals
Dance Necklace | Forever21 Skater Dress | Lori’s Flower Ring | Wet Seal Pyramid Sandals | Fossil Wristlet

  • For optimal movement when you’re out on the dance floor, I recommend this season’s trendy skater dress! It’s flouncy, fun, and most importantly, it won’t restrict you to boring dance moves. CautionThis dress might not be formal enough, depending on the setting of the wedding. If you know the bride or groom well enough, feel free to check the dress code ahead of time. Or if you’re worried it won’t be dressy enough, you can always style it up with accessories!
  • Consider bringing a wristlet instead of a full-sized wallet or purse. This way you can loop your belongings on your wrist just in case there isn’t a safe place to put your bag while you’re out dancing to your heart’s content. Maybe there will be a coat check or a non-dancing friend who will watch over your things, but it never hurts to be prepared for the worst-case scenario. Even if you can leave it behind at your table, you’ll be thankful that you brought something lightweight and hassel-free.
  • Wear comfortable flats! Yes, heels are super cute, but you can find some stylish sandals this summer that will keep your feet feeling fresh and ready to groove. You won’t want to have anything in the way of you breaking it down on the dance floor!

Guest #2: Wants to make a fashion statement.

Wedding Outfit: High-Low Dress, Wedges, Statement Jewelry
Francesca’s Bracelet | Wildfox Couture Ring | DeBlossom Wedges | GoJane High/Low Dress | ASOS Pyramid Earrings | Jeweliq Necklace

  • A dramatic high/low dress is sure to make a statement. This super-modern look works to frame your legs in a flattering way, plus it leaves a fluttery trail behind you whenever you walk. Caution: This could be tricky on the dance floor, depending on how low your dress dips in the back – people could step on it! Trust me, you don’t want a rip or tear in your dress from someone else’s clumsy dancing.
  • Opt for a pair of stylish and summer-appropriate wedges. These would look fab with a high/low dress and often are designed with a platform to give you added height. Plus, these transition really well between indoor/outdoor areas. If you’re wearing standard heels, your stiletto could easily sink into soft grass, but a great pair of wedges won’t do that.
  • Don’t shy away from statement jewelry! Something super sparkly will give your look just the right amount of bold appeal.

Guest #3: Wants to keep it classy.

Wedding Outfit: peplum dress, ankle strap heels, classic accessories
Steve Madden SunglassesSteve Madden SandalsDorthy Perkins Peplum Dress | Carolee Bracelet | Kate Spade Pearl Earrings

  • A polished peplum dress will give you that sophisticated look you’re going for (or for a more traditional look, try a nice, fitted sheath dress). Think business casual – poised and professional. Caution: This type of dress will make it a little more difficult to dance, but hey, if you’re trying to keep it classy, then I’m sure you have some respectable dance moves to go with that.
  • Simple, timeless heels. You may want to go classic with the shoes, but keep in mind that timeless doesn’t mean boring! Don’t feel like you can’t add a touch of modern style with a texture or a pop or color – we say go for it!
  • Classic pearls or sophisticated drop earrings may be the route you want to take. Think about a Southern Belle-inspired style! Also, if you’re attending an outdoor ceremony, you’ll be thankful you brought a pair of classic sunglasses to shield your eyes from the summer sun.

What do you think?

Are you attending a wedding this summer? More than one? What kind of guest are you? Are you the bride? What do you want your guests to wear one day? Do you have other tips for wedding guests? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

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17 Responses to “What to Wear to a Summer Wedding: 3 Stylish Outfit Ideas”

  1. 1
    June 8th, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    These outfits are nice, but I feel like they’re too casual to wear to a wedding.

  2. 2
    June 8th, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    I just went to my first (of many!) weddings of the summer today! It was a semi-casual indoor event– at a club, with bands!– so I went with a maxi dress and Chucks :) Maybe not appropriate attire for every wedding, but for this one– perfect :)
    My own wedding was a full on black tie formal event, but I hardly remember anything about it– let alone what anyone wore– because I was so busy! So wear what you feel comfortable and confident in! The bride is so wrapped up in other things that she won’t be worrying about you :)

  3. 3
    June 9th, 2013 at 12:17 am

    My style is by no means conservative but I love the third “classy” look!

  4. 4
    June 9th, 2013 at 2:32 am

    First let me say CONGRATULATIOMS! on your upcoming marriage. May you be blessed with many happy years. Next the only rule I would say is DONT WEAR WHITE even if it is a outdoor barn wedding full of country charm. Just don’t do it. As a photographer and former banquet hall employee I used to cringe when I saw people wearing white and us banquet people pointed it out and would all be disgusted.. White is for the bridal party only. Now as far as your looks the first and last are most appropriate the high low one makes me feel like it has a train and yet again that is something reserved for the bride along with tiaras.

  5. 5
    June 9th, 2013 at 4:48 am

    I’m going to my own wedding in August, we are keeping everything very low key and simply going to the court house and then spending the day sight seeing with our loved ones. The skater dress outfit is cute but would be wicked short on me, I”m wearing a cream colored lace maxi skirt and I haven’t figured out a top yet. Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials.

  6. 6
    June 9th, 2013 at 5:49 am

    Congrats on going to your own wedding :)
    Love the outfit choices!

  7. 7
    June 9th, 2013 at 7:20 am

    Pretty :) I’ve never been to a wedding casual enough for these outfits, except the last one, but the blue high-low dress is gorgeous!

  8. 8
    June 9th, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    I just wore almost the exact same outfit as #2 to a friend’s garden wedding last month, and I was the only one with a dress like that – I got tons of compliments! I wore a statement necklace and drop earrings, but instead of wedges I had flat white and gold sandals, and they were perfect for dancing!

  9. 9
    June 9th, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Another good idea is to have a formal look ready to go for last minute events.

  10. 10
    June 9th, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Love these!

  11. 11
    June 9th, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Love the peplum dress outfit!

  12. 12
    June 9th, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    The third one is cute. The first two are way to casual for any wedding I’ve ever been to. For daytime weddings the first one would be okay (with different shoes and accessories the dress could work for night).

    That second one though….any other high low dress would be fine but the one pictured, with the midriff cutouts, that’s just not okay for any wedding. You should always lean towards the conservative side with wedding outfits…there will be older family members there who might not appreciate your daring fashion statements.

  13. 13
    June 10th, 2013 at 12:25 am

    Congrats on your upcoming marriage! :)

    I loved this post ’cause I just got back from a long wedding weekend! I was a bridesmaid in my friends wedding! Unlike K, I’ve only been to weddings where the attire was like the first two outfits. And I love the rose ring in the first outfit!

  14. 14
    June 10th, 2013 at 12:27 am

    In my opinion the first 2 are too casual for a wedding but they are both really cute. I really like #2 but I would not wear it to a wedding

  15. 15
    June 11th, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    I am going to a very special wedding on July 20!!!! Any ideas for someone petite? And something age appropriate? I like the peplum but it wouldn’t be flattering on me.

  16. 16
    June 11th, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    I like the first and third looks, but I think the second dress is incredibly inappropriate for a wedding. Not even a casual wedding, it is just not appropriate for the nature of the occasion, period.

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