BRIDAL GURU / Sep 11, 2023


Summer weddings are popular among couples because the weather is dependably lovely. But sometimes it can get really warm! And the last thing you want is to get all dressed up and then wind up dripping in sweat. Not a good look.

As a guest, it’s normal to wonder what to wear to a summer wedding. Let’s tackle that question together. We’re here to show you styles, fabrics, and cuts that’ll help you look ah-mazing while keeping you cool!

🤍 What to Wear to a Summer Wedding: Stay Cool in These 5 Dresses 💐

We often get asked what to wear to a summer outdoor wedding or what color to wear to a summer wedding. We’re covering all these questions below as we walk you through our fav summer wedding guest dresses.

1. Chiffon A-line dress with floral applique

If you’re researching what to wear to a summer outdoor wedding, it’s best to start with A-line dresses made of airy fabrics, like chiffon. A flowy silhouette and light material are key for beating the summer heat—especially if the ceremony is outdoors, during the daytime. Bonus points: this style of dress will also keep you cool and comfortable when you rip up the dance floor!

This particular A-line chiffon dress is adorned with 3D floral appliqué and embroidery on the bodice, adding a touch of whimsical elegance that’s perfect for a garden wedding.

We’re also often asked what color to wear to a summer wedding. You can’t go wrong with pink—a color associated with love and romance. What shade? That’s up to you! Choose the one that best complements your skin tone.

dusty rose chiffon A-line dress

Get the look: style GL3018 | Floral 3D Applique and Embroidery Embellished Bodice A-Line Chiffon Dress

2. Satin A-line dress with slit

Satin is another fabric we recommend when asked what to wear to a summer wedding. It’s incredibly popular right now—and we’re not surprised. It’s a summer-friendly fabric that’ll keep you cool, while also making you look incredibly chic.

Satin isn’t an everyday fabric. This smooth, shiny material is often reserved for fancier occasions, right? We love that it also takes any color to the next level. Rich, warm hues, like sienna, are great options for a dress like this. Pro tip: these colors will also make your complexion look sunkissed.

In warm weather, we typically avoid sleeves. You can totally avoid them for your wedding guest look too! Delicate spaghetti straps are a great choice if you want to feel secure, while rocking minimal fabric on your arms.

If the venue doesn’t offer air conditioning, we recommend an A-line skirt with a slit in the skirt. You’ll thank us for the extra room around your legs and hips!

sienna satin A-line dress with slit

Get the look: style GL1993 | Spaghetti Strap V-Neck Satin A-Line Dress w/ Slit

3. Satin mermaid dress with open V-back

Now, not all summer weddings are smoking hot. What to wear to a summer wedding that’s expected to be cooler? Or is partially indoors with air conditioning?

If you loved the dress above, here’s another similar number—but it has a mermaid silhouette. This form-fitting style hugs all your curves and shows off your hourglass shape. Va-va-voom!

Don’t worry, there are still elements that keep this look breathable, like the dress’ cut-away sleeves, open-V back, and slit in the skirt. These details are also super sexy, and who doesn’t want to feel like a total bombshell?

Like sienna, yellow is a popular shade for summer wedding attire. It’ll make your summer tan absolutely glow.

gold satin mermaid dress gold satin mermaid dress with open V-back

Get the look: style GL3060 | Sweetheart Satin Mermaid Dress w/ Pleated Waist and Slit

4. Short chiffon A-line dress

What to wear to a summer wedding? We didn’t forget about the short dresses, don’t you worry. These are especially great for summer outdoor weddings or those that indicated cocktail attire.

Short A-line and babydoll dresses are our go-to for comfy yet flirty and fun looks. They cinch your waist and flare at the hips, creating a flattering look on any figure. A light fabric, like chiffon, is perfect for this style of dress. The skirt can have a few layers and you won’t even feel it.

Blush is another shade of pink that’s popular for summer outdoor weddings. It’s feminine and romantic, which is ideal for a day celebrating love. As you probably know, light colors also absorb less heat. (Practical and cute? Yes, please.)

If you’re looking for extra sparkle without rocking a heavy dress, look for a jewel-embellished waistline. This won’t add too much weight, but it’ll accentuate your small waist. Style smarter, not harder!

blush short chiffon A-line dress

Get the look: style GS1617 | Jewel Embellished-Waist Illusion Deep V-Neck Chiffon Short Dress

5. Strapless chiffon babydoll dress

This look is another favorite of ours for those asking what to wear to a summer outdoor wedding. Dark teal and other shades of green will accent a lush garden or beachside wedding beautifully.

Again, loose silhouettes and airy fabrics are staples for summer wedding guest attire. If you want to capitalize on the strapless trend, this sweethearted strapless bodice is to die for. It’s romantic and chic all at once. The ruching makes it ultra-flattering—drawing the eyes toward the smallest part of your waist.

Against a dark fabric, jewels and other embellishments will stand out. A bedazzled waistline will complete this effortlessly glam look. Shine bright under the evening lights!

teal strapless chiffon babydoll dress

Get the look: style GS1637 | Ruched Strapless Sweetheart Chiffon Short Dress

What to Wear to a Summer Wedding: More Options

Find summer dress ideas for bridesmaids, mothers of the bride and groom, and more below. Or, take a look through our full GLS catalog.

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