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.
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! If you are 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.
If the temperature is likely to be warmer, you can’t go wrong with a well-cut linen dress to avoid feeling stuffy and sweaty. At Joules, our Lisia Dress (below left) is carefully darted to make it 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, our Juliana Fit and Flare Dress with interest sleeves (below right) can be dressed up with jewellery and accessories.
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 in floaty fabrics you can move around in.
For a smart, stylish and easy-to-wear option, our Lucinda Dress in French Navy Pansy (below left) has a flattering feminine fit. Floaty with cap sleeves and 100% cotton, it’ll stop you feeling too warm. Our Alisandra Light Blue Spot Shirt Dress (below right) is cut from summer-ready linen too. 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.
A beach changes everything. Sayonara stiletto heels, even wedges are risky on the uneven sand. Despite the footwear considerations, there are a few pros when choosing a summer dress for a wedding on a beach. Most beach weddings automatically adopt a more casual style than a church wedding or an evening ceremony. Shoes are optional, men can dress in shorts and your dress can be less formal; all pros for a wedding in the heat.
There will be little shade on the beach, so stick to lighter shades so that you are not too warm in the sun. Our Riva Printed Sleeveless Jersey Dress (below left) features a pretty print that will look spectacular against the white beach, blue seas and bright sunshine. Just add sandals. Our midi length, soft cotton Rosa Sleeveless Dress (below right) is also an understated, stylish addition to any warm weather wardrobe.
If you are only attending the wedding evening do, why not go all out and dress to impress? A bright floral print will ensure your arrival is noticed and bring a fresh dose of style to the occassion.
Our eye-catching Lucinda Cap Sleeve Dress in Rasperry Bircham Bloom (below left) will suit all manner of wedding styles and is comfortable enough to dance the night away in. Or, if you’re worried about the temperature cooling down once the sun sets, our Alison Plum Harvest Floral Woven Dress (below right) gives a bit more coverage.