While we all love the thought of a celebration in the sunshine, choosing the perfect summer wedding guest outfit can be stressful! After the excitement of opening a beautiful invitation, the fear sets in. What to wear for a summer wedding? Is there a wedding dress code? What colour will the bridesmaids be wearing? Is black or white a no-go zone? Outfits for a wedding guest can become a minefield.
Step forward our top picks for summer wedding guest dresses and outfits for you. Whether formal or field-based, we want you to feel cool and comfortable enough to celebrate the day away. We’ve even covered men’s summer wedding outfits to ensure the whole clan is ready for the all-important wedding pictures. Take a read and scrub up well with the best wedding guest outfits for this summer’s nuptials!
If you’re looking for a wedding guest outfit for abroad, look no further. Weddings abroad tend to have a more relaxed dress code because of the warmer weather. If you’re lucky, you might even have the perfect summer wedding guest dress hiding in your summer wardrobe! Choose light materials such as a floaty shirt dress to avoid feeling stuffy and sweaty. At Joules, we have beautiful wedding guest outfits such as summer dresses that are carefully tailored 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, boho summer dresses are often a popular choice amongst guests. Floaty and feminine – bohemian dresses give a hippie feel to your look and will keep you cool on a summer’s day. For a smart, stylish and easy-to-wear option, discover our flattering summer dresses with a feminine fit and as the evening draws in, you could accessorise either with a neutral chunky cardigan or summer jacket to keep you warm in the cooler parts of the day.
An outfit for a beach wedding automatically adopts a more casual style than a church wedding or an evening ceremony. Men can dress in shorts or even summer jeans and ladies’ wedding guest dresses 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. A relaxed midi dress is the optimum summer wedding guest outfit for a ceremony hosted on the beach – flirty, feminine and indisputably stylish! Shoes are optional as Sayonara stiletto heels and even wedges are risky on the uneven sand. A pair of flat leather sandals would be a great choice though!
A beach changes everything, and despite the footwear considerations, there are many pros when choosing a beach wedding guest outfit. A white sandy beach calls for wedding guest summer dresses which are light and airy but not too floaty just in case a gust of wind catches you by surprise…
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.
Once you’ve found the dress, it’s up to you how far you go with your wedding outfit accessories. From hats to scarves to stylish handbags, there is a lot to think about when it comes to wedding guest accessories. Don’t panic though, we’ve got you covered:
We’ve thought long and hard about what a man should wear for a summer wedding to ensure the gents look on par with the ladies. Depending on the dress code, summer wedding attire for men can range from cool and casual to sleek and super smart. Add a contemporary edge to a classic men’s summer wedding outfit and couple a fitted shirt with a pair of straight leg chinos, perfect for a casual setting such as a barn wedding. Or for a more formal affair, opt for a traditional men’s blazer, perfect when worn with your favourite suit trousers.
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From wedding guest outfits for women to men’s summer wedding attire, follow our style tips and you’ll be the best dressed there (apart from the bridal and groom party, obviously – we can’t outshine those!).