What to Wear to a Summer Wedding

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    What to Wear to a Summer Black Tie Optional Wedding

    Donna Morgan Women's V-Neck Dress with Shirred Full Skirt
    Donna Morgan Women's V-Neck Dress with Shirred Full Skirt. Courtesy of Amazon

    Figuring out what to wear to a wedding is one of the most fun - and most trying - parts of being a wedding guest. Sure you can take your cues from the invitation, but what does "black tie optional" or "festive attire" really mean? And what should you wear to a formal daytime summer wedding, or a destination wedding? Here are tips and ideas for what to wear to every type of summer wedding.

    A wedding invitation that says "Black Tie Optional" can be a confusing one to...MORE receive. Should you wear a formal gown or not? This Donna Morgan V-Neck Dress strikes the right middle ground, with a simple cocktail shape dressed up by elegant beading. For a summer wedding, it's easy and fun.

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  • 02 of 10

    What to Wear to an Evening Black Tie Church Wedding

    Le Bos Women's Social Occasion Jacquard Jacket and Dress Set
    Le Bos Women's Social Occasion Jacquard Jacket and Dress Set. Courtesy of Amazon

    "Black tie" and "religious wedding" don't necessarily go together well; a strapless evening gown will look great at the reception but a little strange and disrespectful in church.

    For an evening black tie wedding with a church wedding ceremony, look for a dress with covered shoulders or a matching jacket like this Le Bos Jacquard set. The jacket helps you be modest in a religious setting, but the dress is not a plain jane dress underneath. With its on-trend draped and ruched...MORE bodice, it will still look interesting if you take the jacket off on the dance floor.

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  • 03 of 10

    What to Wear to a Wedding That Calls for Festive Attire

    HALSTON HERITAGE Women's Halter Evening Gown with Keyhole Neck
    HALSTON HERITAGE Women's Halter Evening Gown with Keyhole Neck. Courtesy of Amazon

    If a wedding invitation says "Festive Attire", look for a cocktail or party dress that will be fun to wear and to dance in. This silk Halston Heritage halter evening gown with keyhole neck has a full silky skirt that will swing out on the dance floor, and a fun bold color.

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  • 04 of 10

    What to Wear to a Garden Summer Wedding

    Adrianna Papell Women's Cutaway Dress
    Adrianna Papell Women's Cutaway Dress. Courtesy of Amazon

    Summer weddings in the garden are generally lovely evenings. You'll want to be just as pretty as the flowers that surround you.

    There aren't general rules for dressing for a garden wedding, other than that is should strike the right note between elegant and not too casual. Garden weddings are usually dressy affairs, but ones for which sequined and beaded dresses are simply too much.

    Slip into this Adrianna Papell cutaway dress whose vibrant colors will look right at home at a garden summer...MORE wedding. Notice how the dress has a flattering A-line silhouette that helps to accentuate (or create!) an hourglass figure.

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  • 05 of 10

    What to Wear to a Summer Wedding When You're Plus-Sized

    Adrianna Papell Women's Plus-Size V-Neck Sleeveless Fit-and-Flare Dress
    Adrianna Papell Women's Plus-Size V-Neck Sleeveless Fit-and-Flare Dress. Courtesy of Amazon

    As recently as five years ago, the majority of plus-size fashion was tent-like and terrible. While the selection of casual plus-sized dresses on the market has improved since then, formal plus-size dresses still leave something to be desired.

    But when you're dressing for a wedding, you'll want to look just as beautiful and be just as appropriately dressed as the other wedding guests. Look for a dress that is figure-flattering and makes you feel gorgeous.

    This Adrianna Papell Women's...MORE Plus-Size sleeveless dress has a v-neck draped bodice, which is a flattering fit for many plus-size women. 

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  • 06 of 10

    What to Wear to a Summer Beach Wedding or Destination Wedding

    Erin Fetherston Women's Floral Trellis Maxi
    Erin Fetherston Women's Floral Trellis Maxi. Courtesy of Amazon

    For a summer beach wedding, look for a light sundress for daytime, or a long elegant dress that feels beachy for an evening or destination wedding. This ​delicate print Erin Fetherston Floral Trellis Maxi dress is dressy enough for an elegant destination wedding and will pack well with a minimum of wrinkling. You'll feel relaxed and easy on the beach.

    Make sure to put on the sunblock, and consider bringing a wrap in case it is windy.

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  • 07 of 10

    What to Wear to a Wedding When You Are the Mother of the Bride

    Adrianna Papell Women's Embroidered Sequin Floral Bodice Dress with Tulle Skirt
    Adrianna Papell Women's Embroidered Sequin Floral Bodice Dress with Tulle Skirt. Courtesy of Amazon

    When you're the Mother of the Bride, you want to stand out and feel special, without upstaging your daughter. This Adrianna Papell Embroidered Sequin Floral bodice dress has a great style and sheen. Take off the jacket to look young and vibrant on the dance floor. This outfit would also be appropriate for the Mother of the Groom, or for a wedding guest to wear to a formal wedding.

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  • 08 of 10

    What to Wear to a Summer Daytime Casual Wedding

    Tommy Hilfiger Women's Heather Rocco Dress
    Tommy Hilfiger Women's Heather Rocco Dress. Courtesy of Amazon

    For a casual wedding, you'll want to look fresh and summery. A simple sundress like this Tommy Hilfiger Heather Rocco dress will look just right when you're out in the sunshine, and the bright cheerful color of this relaxed fabric will look just right at a casual daytime wedding.

    You could also wear a similar dress for a daytime casual wedding. It will be comfortable yet look pulled-together.

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  • 09 of 10

    What to Wear to a Formal or Dressy Daytime Wedding

    Ellen Tracy Women's Sheath Dress with Embellished Neckline
    Ellen Tracy Women's Sheath Dress with Embellished Neckline. Courtesy of Amazon

    If you're invited to a dressy daytime wedding, look for a more polished dress appropriate for either morning or afternoon.

    For a formal daytime wedding, look for a chic dress with a fun detail, like the beaded neckline on this Ellen Tracy Sheath Dress, or a bright color. You'll look pulled-together and polished without looking office-like.

    If the wedding is outdoors, a great hat would complete the ensemble.

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  • 10 of 10

    What to Wear to a Glamorous Black Tie Summer Wedding

    BCBGMax Azria Women's
    BCBGMax Azria Women's "Morena" Drape Front Evening Gown. Courtesy of Amazon

    If you're going to an ultra-glamorous black tie wedding, particularly in a city such as New York, you'll want to make sure you look fashion-forward. This dramatic one-shoulder BCBGMax Azria Drape Front evening gown will help you stand-out without upstaging the bride.