Even though I’m done with weddings for the summer, you might have a few to attend so I’ve put together a guide for what to wear to a summer wedding! Weddings are joyous occasions, but the wrong outfit during a summertime wedding can leave you scowling through the whole ceremony. Here are my suggestions for different summer wedding guest looks, including details on what I’ve worn to weddings this summer.
Most of these dresses are available to rent via Rent the Runway for a fraction of the retail cost!
Daytime/Informal Wedding – Cocktail Attire
If you want to take advantage of your summer glow, wear a bold and bright colored form fitting dress. Warmer skin tones look great in yellows and oranges, while cooler skin tones pop in jewel tones, like royal blue or magenta. If you’re in the middle like me, kudos, pick a color, any color!
Beach Wedding – Beach Chic Attire
Dress: Cynthia Rowley
Florals are more than appropriate for beach weddings, so incorporate them in breezy maxi dresses and playful coordinating sets. You can even find rompers and playsuits that work for beach weddings, just make sure they aren’t too short or you’ll be uncomfortable getting low on the dance floor!
Formal Wedding – Black Tie Attire
Summertime black tie weddings are probably the toughest to dress for, because formal ball gowns can be stuffy and hot. Opt for long dresses with tasteful cutouts, pastel colors, and geometric patterns. If you want to really stand out, choose a formal jumpsuit in a rich tone.
Cultural Wedding – Bright Attire
Dress: Monique L’Huillier
If you’re attending a Nigerian, Indian, or other cultural wedding, the very last thing you want to do is wear an LBD. Cultural weddings tend to be very colorful, so stand out with a brightly colored dress! Better yet, join the rest of the crowd and wear cultural attire – you can borrow one from a friend, or try Etsy for a one-of-a-kind piece.