While we all love the thought of a celebration in the sunshine, choosing the perfect dress to wear to a summer wedding can be stressful! After the excitement of opening a beautiful invitation, the fear sets in. Is there a dress code? What colour will the bridesmaids be wearing? Is black or white a no-go zone? It can be a minefield.
Step forward our top picks for wedding guest outfits for you this summer. Whether formal or field-based, we want you to feel cool and comfortable enough to celebrate the day away.
Weddings abroad tend to have a more relaxed dressed code because of the warmer weather. Choose light materials such as a well-cut linen dress to avoid feeling stuffy and sweaty. At Joules, we have dresses that are carefully darted to make them as flattering as possible, even after a sit-down wedding meal. Opt for strappy heels or flats; whichever you feel more comfortable in. For a smarter affair, dress up your outfit with jewellery and accessories.
Although a wedding abroad will inevitably cost you a bit more money than one in the UK, just think of it this way; you get the chance to combine it with a fabulous summer holiday! So if you’re lucky enough to be heading abroad for a friend’s wedding you need a perfectly packable outfit, whether you are headed to a rustic Italian village or a chic French city hotel.
Back to Blighty and a more traditional affair, it is highly likely you might attend a ceremony at a church or registry office, before moving on to another location for the celebrations. From stately home gardens and hotel grounds, to renovated barns and luxurious tepees, you are guaranteed to be outside enjoying the sunshine. From socialising to wedding photos to celebrating long into the evening, enjoy the special day feeling your best.
For a garden wedding you should wear floaty fabrics you can move around in. For a smart, stylish and easy-to-wear option, wear a dress with a flattering feminine fit and as the evening draws in, you could accessorise either with a neutral chunky cardigan or blazer jacket to keep you warm in the cooler temperatures.
Most beach weddings automatically adopt a more casual style than a church wedding or an evening ceremony. Men can dress in shorts and your dress can be less formal, but be sure to opt for lighter shades so that you’re not too warm in the sun as there will be little shade on the beach. Shoes are optional as Sayonara stiletto heels and even wedges are risky on the uneven sand.
A beach changes everything, and despite the footwear considerations, there are many pros for when choosing a summer dress for a wedding on a beach
For an evening wedding reception make sure you wear something that will suit all manner of wedding styles and is comfortable to dance the night away in. Opt for something that gives a bit more coverage for when the sun sets and the temperature cools down. If you’re dressing to impress, a bright floral print will ensure your arrival is noticed and bring a fresh dose of style to the occasion.