What to Wear to a Summer Wedding

What to Wear to a Summer Wedding

Wedding Season: If you’re anywhere near by age, you likely have tons of friends getting married, and summer is prime season to tie the knot! I LOVE celebrating marriage, especially now that I know all the hard work that goes into wedding planning.

But, being a good wedding guest means dressing appropriately-not only to not upstage the bride (NEVER white!), but also to fit the feel of the wedding. From a casual or beachy vibe all the way to a fancy cocktail dress, I’ve got you covered with three looks sure to win at summer weddings!

For starters, many brides these days will give you a clue as to how to dress on their invitations or wedding websites-this can be really helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to the bride or a bridesmaid to make sure you’re not over or underdressed!

For the Beach or Casual Wedding

You really can’t go wrong with a maxi dress for a casual outdoor event. If it’s windy, you aren’t at risk of your hemline blowing up. With so many options for patterns and cuts (fun open backs are so hot right now!), your look is sure to be on trend.

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My favorite back details!!

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Add a statement necklace to a pattern, just make sure they are complementary and not competing!

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This is my go-to Maxi for special occasions, but it’s a couple years old now. It’s by Gianni Bini, and I’ve included links to a couple of my favorite of their dresses from this season, as well as a couple less expensive options. My thought for right now: anything floral wins!


For the Rustic Barn Wedding

Being from the South, so many of my friends are opting for very rustic, chic barn weddings. There are so many gorgeous venues for hosting an event like this and details like burlap, sunflowers, and mason jars make for a fun southern vibe.

For an event like this, I can’t help but pull out my Luchesse boots and my favorite bright sundress! If you’re nervous about trying this style, get some information about the event-you’re in the clear if her bridesmaids are wearing boots and the groomsmen are in jeans. Not sure whether you’ll look a little too country? Opt for sandals instead-heels don’t pair well with some venues!

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I love this scallop hem! I also have this dress in white-but I would NEVER wear that one to a wedding!

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In the summer heat, cotton lace gives a laid-back and comfortable vibe.

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My dress is from Lilly Pulitzer last season. I found a few available online in variety of sizes if you really love it, but I’ve also linked a very similar style from this year.

I got my Luchesse boots from Country Outfitters. They are pricey, but the quality is incredible and the styles are classic. If you’re looking to invest for the long haul, I linked a couple of pairs, but I also linked a less expensive option if you’re not ready to commit to the country girl thing!

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Size 2  Size 4  Size 8  Size 10  Size 12


For the Semi-Formal Wedding

Some weddings (mine included) have a more formal feel to them. It’s best for these to go for a classic cocktail dress. Something solid colored and knee length is flattering on everyone and fits the bill quite well. The best thing about dressing for a wedding like this is that investing in a classic silhouette will serve you for years to come. My dress is by Lauren Ralph Lauren (but I found it at TJ Maxx!).

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The side ruching is flattering on every body type.

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Something about pearls always feels formal to me-this is my favorite statement necklace for a fancier look! It’s from Francesca’s and old, but some similar styles are here and here.

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Shoes here should be formal, but still keep in mind location! For an indoor ceremony and reception you can wear a stiletto to dress it up, but if the event is outdoors at all you might be better off with a wedge (like pictured here) so you don’t sink in the ground!


Enjoy celebrating this year at the weddings you attend! At the end of the day, what you wore doesn’t matter as long as you celebrate love and honor the couple. And of course I’ll finish this blog post off with my favorite photograph from my own wedding.


Photo: Kelly Anne Photography



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