What to Wear to a Summer Wedding

What to Wear to a Summer Wedding
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What to Wear to a Summer Wedding

Let’s clear up some ground rules on wedding guest attire!

I’m a bride-to-be (and totally stoked about it), so obviously, I’ve been thinking a lot about weddings lately. In fact, I’ve even been pondering what other people may be wearing to my wedding. I’m sure there are plenty of you who have been shopping for all the summer weddings you’ll be attending, so I decided to take some cues from an older post of mine (can we just take a second to appreciate the glow-up from those photos to now?), and give you a bit of a refresher course on what to look for!

Outfit Details // dress c/o Chicwish | necklace | bag | similar shoes


Photos by Meredith Anne Photography

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Let’s go over some ground rules:

Don’t wear white – I honestly don’t care about what anyone else says.  White is for the bride and the bride alone!

Do wear light colors – pastels and florals are perfect for a summer weddings.  Obviously that changes some in the fall and winter months, but for now, you’ll be golden in a floral wrap dress (like mine)!

Do know the level of attire – you don’t want to show up in a formal gown to a hoedown, or a gingham dress to a Great Gatsby event.

Don’t overdo it with accessories – you don’t know how long you’ll be dancing, how many hands you’ll shake while meeting the extended families, or even if you’ll be heading out somewhere else once the reception is done.

This wrap dress from Chicwish is flattering and versatile, without being over-the-top. It’s elegant and suitable for many kinds of weddings. The fabric is lightweight, and the pattern is lovely (sidenote: if you’re looking for another color scheme, try this exact same dress in blue floral, white with gold and blue, or polka-dotted with pink floral).

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*Note about the above photo – the rainbow was not added! My photographer was shocked when she looked at the photos in her camera roll and found this shot! Surprise rainbow!

Do you have any summer weddings to attend?

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What to Wear to a Summer Wedding

Photos by Meredith Anne Photography

Outfit Details // dress c/o Chicwish | necklace | bag | similar shoes



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    July 16, 2018 at 7:31 AM

    A lovely bride-to-be at the end of the rainbow. That rainbow must belong to Brandon! Also, love this dress in every way. Stunning! And that back drop!!!!!

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    Mary Powers
    July 16, 2018 at 9:07 AM

    First of all, these pics are STUNNING! Second, great advice!!! Absolutely in loveeee with this gorgeous dress!

    – Mary

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    July 16, 2018 at 10:36 AM

    These are great tips on what to wear to a wedding! I’ll have to save them for another time because most of my friends are already married and that means no weddings for me this year! Also, this style of dress is very pretty on you and the print is really cute!

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    July 16, 2018 at 10:39 AM

    That dress is gorgeous!! Definitely perfect to wear to a summer wedding and I totally agree with all your tips especially about wearing white!! We only have a couple weddings to go to. Luckily, our wedding season this year is minimal!


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    July 16, 2018 at 12:26 PM

    Totally agree with all of these tips, especially the one about wearing white! If someone shows up to my wedding in white I will freak out!!

    xx Mollie

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    Anna English
    July 16, 2018 at 4:12 PM

    I love a good palm print, and how cute is that background?!

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    Julia Comil
    July 16, 2018 at 5:36 PM

    Love your dress!! It is so cute!!! Great tips for a summer wedding

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    July 16, 2018 at 6:06 PM

    You look stunning, Stephanie! These are perfect tips for summer wedding attire – it’s amazing what some people still wear to weddings haha

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    Oh to Be a Muse
    July 16, 2018 at 6:07 PM

    I went to a wedding in June and found the perfect dress to wear, but it was white. So I had to search for something else. I ended up going with a similar dress in blush pink. Loving this dress on you!

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    Morgan Klein
    July 16, 2018 at 8:14 PM

    This is such a good post!! I’m going to a wedding next month and had no idea what to wear and was going crazy haha!

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    July 16, 2018 at 10:22 PM

    That dress is lovely on you! I used to be a wedding photographer, and the only thing I would add is if you’re going to be dancing, make sure you have comfortable shoes!

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    July 16, 2018 at 10:31 PM

    These are fabulous tips!! I love this dress on you and how you styled it. Looking fabulous!!


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    July 16, 2018 at 11:01 PM

    I agree with you on the bride should be the only person wearing white. Floral and pastel are perfect for attendees! I actually went to a summer wedding not long ago, it was all perfect until it started pouring! So a light jacket or shawl would be my suggestions, just in case ;p

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    July 17, 2018 at 1:32 AM

    This is a beautiful dress to wear to a summer wedding! You look gorgeous girl.

    Megan | http://www.pipmegan.com

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    July 17, 2018 at 5:46 AM

    Such a perfect outfit for a Summer wedding! Love the print and color combo!

    cute & little

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    Kenzi || Life of a Sister
    July 17, 2018 at 9:01 AM

    These are fabulous tips and that dress is gorgeous! I agree white is for the bride and her alone (and maybe the flower girl). I have two fall weddings coming up, this could be perfect for the early September one!

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    Laura Leigh
    July 17, 2018 at 9:19 AM

    Oh girl! This dress and this scene – it is EVERYTHING! I absolutely love it all.

    xo Laura Leigh

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    July 17, 2018 at 9:45 AM

    Adore wrap dresses for summer weddings! The palm print is such a pretty detail!

    xx, Danielle | http://www.pineappleandprosecco.com

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    July 17, 2018 at 10:13 AM

    This is such a gorgeous look! Definitely perfect for a wedding!

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    July 17, 2018 at 10:42 AM

    These are good tips. A lightweight fabric is so important. I love your whole look for this photo shoot and adore Chicwish!

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    Ashley DTKAustin
    July 17, 2018 at 11:23 AM

    This dress is absolutely stunning on you! Such a beautiful dress for any summer event!

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    The Southern Thing
    July 17, 2018 at 12:19 PM

    That dress is so lovely!

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    July 17, 2018 at 1:33 PM

    I totally agree!!! Your photos are absolutely gorgeous!!!!


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    Tonya Tardiff
    July 17, 2018 at 2:37 PM

    Great post! I always have a difficult time finding something to wear for a wedding!

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    July 17, 2018 at 3:51 PM

    Great tips! I just went to a wedding in CA and wore a floral dress to go with the rose garden wedding! I would NEVER wear white though. That’s just a tacky thing to do, I think.

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    July 17, 2018 at 8:37 PM

    That dress is so pretty and fun! Perfect for a summer wedding!

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    Jean Exum Sauban
    July 17, 2018 at 11:58 PM

    You’re going to be such a beautiful bride! Congratulations! And I’m with you about noone wearing white but the bride.

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    Tara Fuller
    July 18, 2018 at 1:56 AM

    this print is SO pretty and whimsy! love the earrings too!

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    July 18, 2018 at 8:17 AM

    Midi dresses are my favorite to wear to a wedding!

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    Celeste Godoy
    July 18, 2018 at 2:50 PM

    I’m in love with the print on this dress and the beautiful location of this shoot! I don’t have any summer weddings but I sure want some cute dresses haha

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    Sharon Wu
    July 18, 2018 at 3:59 PM

    omg these photos are soooo dreamy and you are beautiful! where is that location by the way? it looks unreal! besides the point, that dress is stunning and definitely a perfect one to wear to a summer wedding. i could even see myself wearing it to a wedding in scorching palm springs! lol

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    July 18, 2018 at 4:36 PM

    That’s a very pretty dress. I looks like the perfect summer outfit for any wedding.

    Xx, Nailil

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    April Kusewicz
    July 19, 2018 at 12:00 AM

    Definitely perfect for summer wedding. I love how you put it together.

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    July 19, 2018 at 9:37 AM

    That dress is so pretty! Love the floral print!
    xo Jessica

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    July 20, 2018 at 8:34 AM

    This is SUCH a cute dress- love the print and the flutter sleeves!

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    July 20, 2018 at 1:06 PM

    The dress is so much fun!! Love the style!

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    July 21, 2018 at 10:42 AM

    Surprise rainbow 🌈, that is so cool! Anyway, love your tips and I totally agree about NOT wearing white, like why would anyone want too!!!

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