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What to Wear to a Summer Wedding: a Guest's Guide

Summer Wedding Dress Codes

Posted • October 11 • Dress for a Night • Designer Dress Hire

Summer weddings are a blast. The key to looking your best as a guest is choosing the right outfit. Summer weddings bring numerous dress codes from casual to formal, and it can be tricky navigating what to wear. You don't want to overshadow the bride and groom, but you also want to look stylish and put-together. So, what's the perfect solution? Read on for our guide to dressing for summer weddings!

What to Wear to a Summer Wedding

The Australian summer brings new fashion trends consisting of bright colours, patterns and statement silhouettes. The heat of the summer means opting for shorter dresses and dresses with no sleeves. There is so much choice in finding a wedding guest dress as there are so many colours and patterns to experiment with.

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Can you Wear a Mini Dress to a Wedding?

Now you're probably thinking, can you wear a short dress to a wedding? The answer depends on the type of mini dress and also the type of wedding you are going to.

If the dress code is formal, a mini dress may not be the most suitable option. If you are attending a conservative family wedding, a mini dress with cut outs may also not be the most suitable option.

If you are attending a casual or cocktail wedding then a mini dress is perfectly acceptable, especially during the season of summer. We love Aje mini dresses where you can really experiment with your style and opt for something that is not your ordinary mini dress.

Can you Wear White to a Wedding as a Guest?

Wearing white to a wedding as a wedding guest was considered taboo as it distracts from the bride - only the bride should be wearing white. Although it's becoming more acceptable, this is still something that a lot of people agree with which is why it is best to steer clear from the colour white.

If the bride is not wearing white, nor does she mind if others wear white, then it may be acceptable for guests to do so. It is also acceptable to wear dresses that consist of white but not only white. For example, a floral print with a white background, or a colourful cocktail dress with a white lace overlay.

Dresses to Wear to a Summer Wedding

Casual Summer Wedding Dresses

Have you been invited to a beach wedding on Palm Beach and you have no idea what to wear? The dress code is casual and the summer sun is beaming. Here are our top picks for casual weddings guest dresses. We love linen for this dress code as it is casual yet elegant.

Sir The Label Ambroise Knot Dress

The Sir The Label Ambroise Knot Dress is a sleeveless midi dress featuring a cut out at the waist and a knotted tie at the waist and shoulder. In a gorgeous floral print, this dress is the perfect example of a white dress that is acceptable to wear to a wedding. The colourful florals make the white background go unnoticed and you don't have to worry about distracting from the bride.

Zimmerman Tropicana Asymmetric Dress

The Zimmerman Tropicana Asymmetric Dress is a gorgeous Zimmermann dress that features an open back with an asymmetric neckline. This beautiful olive green, with vibrant florals is perfect for daytime and beach weddings. This unique style will have you feeling confident and comfortable on a hot summers day.

By Nicola Gabriella One Shoulder Midi Dress

The By Nicola Gabriella One Shoulder Midi Dress is a beautiful linen dress. This one shoulder style featuring a flowy skirt is perfect for summer paired with a cute pair of sandals for more casual weddings as a wedding guest. This style is available in colours pink grapefruit and sunkissed orange.

Aje Caliente Tiered Cut Out Dress

The Aje Caliente Tiered Cut Out Dress is an asymmetric midi dress in a beautiful daisy yellow colour. Linen dresses are perfect for more casual events as they can easily be dressed up and make you look put-together. The daisy yellow is perfect for the summer season.

Smart Casual Summer Wedding Dresses

Smart-casual can be difficult to dress for. Smart-casual can be considered as similar to cocktail. We recommend opting for more luxurious fabrics, yet still keeping it relatively simple and elegant. Nothing too overboard but also not too plain - here are our favourite picks.

Bec + Bridge Carrie Halter Maxi Dress

The Bec + Bridge Carrie Halter Maxi Dress is a stunning effortless statement style. The elegant satin fabric elevates this dress making it perfect for smart-casual dress codes. The open back and underbust cut outs give a flattering silhouette and the two-tone yellow/gold makes this dress perfect for summer events.

L'idee Renaissance Split Gown

The L'idee Renaissance Split Gown in bright green, is the perfect summer wedding guest dress. With the famous L'idee pleating in the umbrella skirt and halter, you will be looking sleek and elegant with this dress. You can't go wrong with this dress as a wedding guest.

This style also comes in colours: ballet pink, dusty rose, floss pink, chocolate, sea green, sky blue and hot pink for a look with no split.

Aje Myriad Cut Out Mini Dress

If you want to opt for a mini dress this is the perfect option for you. The Aje Myriad Cut Out Mini Dress is the perfect dress to wear for a smart-casual event. The puff sleeves, intricate ruching detail and voluminous skirt make this unique style a statement piece.

Rebecca Vallance Montez Midi Dress

The Rebecca Vallance Montez Midi Dress is an elegant one shoulder style made from a structured crepe material. This dress has a flattering slim silhouette and features a dramatic statement bow on the shoulder. This gorgeous dress will have you feeling put-together and glamorous for you next smart-casual wedding.

Formal Dress Code Wedding Dresses for the Australian Summer

Formal dress codes during the Australian summer heat can be tricky. You don't want to wear something that isn't breathable nor practical for a hot summers day. Here are our top picks for formal dress codes as a wedding guest.

Lexi Samira Dress

The Lexi Samira Dress is a fan favourite style for wedding guests. A glamorous floor-length, one shoulder style made from a stretch satin. This style is extremely flattering and elegant, perfect for formal weddings.

This style is available in burgundy, orion blue, black and white, all suitable for formal occasions.

House Of CB Charmaine Corset Gown

The House of CB Charmaine Corset Gown is one we know you will recognise. Made from a lustrous silk satin, this dress features a beautifully draped cowl neckline with a corset bodice to cinch the figure. This dress is all about elegance and class. We love this dress for formal weddings and the blush pink is perfect for both daytime and evening events during the summer season.

This style is also available in chocolate and black.

Sonya Moda Nour Yarden Floral Maxi Dress

The Sonya Moda Nour Yarden Floral Maxi Dress is a gorgeous one shoulder style that features an adjustable tie at the hip/waist. This maxi dress exudes elegance and sophistication. The luxurious silk satin fabric makes this dress perfect for weddings, formals and black tie events. The bright floral patterns make this dress perfect for the warmer seasons and nails the brief of the summer fashion trends.

This dress is also available in the Scarlett Red.

Bec + Bridge Julieta Maxi Dress

The Bec + Bridge Julieta Maxi Dress is a flattering formal event wear dress. It features a twist bandeau with thin straps and a thigh high split. The dress is crafted in a beautiful lime green that is perfect for the summer and exudes elegance and class.

Aje Serendipity Reflection Midi Dress

The Aje Serendipity Reflection Midi Dress is a mid-length dress with a corset inspired waist, made from a glossy linen material. Made mostly from linen, it is extremely comfortable and in both blush, champagne and navy. This style is perfect for those who want more coverage in a formal dress. This elegant dress can be dressed up with accessories to make it more suitable for black tie weddings.


Finding Your Fit

Now that we have given you the guidance in finding a wedding guest dress for that summer wedding invitation you have received, you can RSVP knowing your outfit is all sorted. It is now up to you to decide which option is your best fit!

You can hire all of these wedding guest dresses for a fraction of the retail price at Dress for a Night. We love to see the looks you create so make sure to tag us @dressforanight when you post your photos to Instagram.


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