As we head toward summer wedding season and the invites start to roll in, it’s only natural to start thinking about that all-important wedding outfit. Aside from the obvious do’s and don’ts, it seems the simplest option is to slip into that signature floral dress, right? Don't get us wrong—we know wedding guest dressing is tough, and we will always rely on a pretty floral tea dress (or two) to see us through the summer stress-free. However, this season we’re here to tell you that there’s more than one way to impress on the wedding circuit without resorting to a fail-safe floral frock.
First, consider which type of ceremony you’ll be attending. Country weddings call for floaty silhouettes (possibly a maxi or midi dress in a pretty pastel hue), while a city ceremony or black-tie event may specify stricter dress codes that rule out bare shoulders and low necklines. Once you’ve done your research, start thinking about a dress, jumpsuit or tailored two-piece. The rest is easy. From statement suiting to polka-dot prints and silky slip dresses, below are 18 pieces to make you stand out from the wedding guest crowd this summer.
For relaxed ceremonies or beach weddings, go for lightweight maxi dresses. This sunny style has an open back and subtle ruffle detail on the shoulder and hem—all for under £50.
If you’re lucky enough to be attending a fancy evening affair, try Caroline Constas. Style this monochromatic maxi with bold earrings, mules and a box clutch.
A simple slip can be dressed up or down, making it an extremely versatile buy. Team with slip-on flats and woven accessories, or pair with gold strappy sandals and a linen blazer. This is a winning option.
When you’re not too sure about the weather forecast, why not throw out the rule book and choose a printed jumpsuit with statement sleeves?
If a subtle shift dress just isn’t your thing, why not consider a suit? We’re wearing this pastel pink iteration with sky-high heels, delicate gold jewellery and a metallic mini bag.
Perfect for wedding season with the matching blazer and every bit as cool with a white tee and trainers on the weekend.
In case you missed the memo, bows are big news this season. Try this little red dress and team it with block-heel sandals and cat-eye sunnies.
This is a real all-rounder. Style with flats for a city wedding, platforms for black-tie ceremonies and trainers if you’re headed to a marquee in a field. Trust us—this is worth every single penny.
We can always rely on ASOS for amazing wedding guest options, and this striped one shoulder number is just £38.
Best known for its directional bags, Cult Gaia’s dress offering is every bit as chic and includes this beautiful prairie dress.
The style set’s favourite sundress designer has options for every kind of wedding. Our top pick? This linen one-shoulder wonder.
Think leopard print is a big no-no? Think again. Keep accessories minimal to let your midi dress take centre stage.
Looking for something demure for a church ceremony? Try this belted tunic dress. So chic.
Can you tell we’re into polka-dots right now? Mango has your jumpsuit covered.
For midi dresses with a directional twist, head straight to Warehouse.
You’ll likely have spotted this Tibi frock all over Instagram. It’s perfect for wedding season as it taps into the hot pink trend. It’s also still in stock, so get yours before it’s gone.
That’s wedding season sorted.
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