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What to Wear to 5 Different Summer Weddings


The summer wedding season is in full swing, and while you're likely here at BDW for help planning your own wedding, you may also find yourself as a guest at someone else's wedding this season. If you have no idea what to wear or just like any excuse to shop, look no further than here! We've put together five complete outfits for a handful of common wedding locales and themes.

1. Beach Wedding

For a beach wedding you'll want to look put together, but still casual. A maxi dress in a fun, bright color is a perfect option. Pair it with some dressy flat sandals (perfect for the beach!), a simple woven clutch, sunglasses, and a bright lip.


1. Victoria's Secret Knife Pleat Maxi Dress ($98)

2. 80s Purple Sunglasses ($12)

3. Penny Arcade Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Raspberry ($26)

4. H&M Straw Clutch ($12.95)

5. Vince Camuto "Harissa" Sandals ($97.95)



2. Cruise Wedding

For a cruise wedding, we like this strapless dress from Gap. The stripes are a subtle nod to the nautical setting, and we also found some adorable rope tie earrings that pair well with the theme too. Finish the look with coordinating navy blue wedges, pale lips, and a soft wrap if it gets chilly on deck.



1. Gap Sateen Strapless Dress ($54.99)

2. Madewell Market Tassel Scarf ($38.50)

3. Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in Petal Soft Pink ($24)

4. Mod Cloth It's A-bowed Time Earrings ($9.99)

5. Claudia by Jean-Michel Cazabat Wedges ($195)

3. Cocktail/Evening Wedding

At an evening wedding, navy is a nice dressed-up option that doesn't feel as heavy as black. This dress below, from Lulu's, has a fun sparkle detail at the waist and an unexpected peekaboo back that still manages to be classy. For nails, consider doing something different with your manicure and the sparkle polish we recommend. Check out our earlier article on how to add sparkle to a wedding for some fun ideas/inspiration for nails.





1. Lulu's Navy Blue Beaded Dress ($80)

2. Xavier Geometric Sterling Silver Drop Earrings ($79.95)

3. Banana Republic Kaylan Clutch ($89.50)

4. Illamasqua Nail Polish in Snap ($17)

5. Nine West "Glittering" Shoes ($89)


4. Garden Wedding

If you're going to be outdoors in a park or garden setting, we like the idea of mimicking the surroundings in a playful way by incorporating a soft floral pattern in your dress. Since this dress and necklace are in bright turquoise colors, we paired it with a bright orange nail for a fun and unexpected contrast.




1. Blue Juice Speed of Light Bustier Dress ($125)

2. Zara Chain, Cord and Stone Necklace ($29.90)

3. Sephora Nail Polish in Hot & Spicy Orange ($5) 4. Zara Ankle Strap Sandals ($79.90)



5. Vintage Wedding

Vintage Weddings are more popular than ever, and with the success of Downton Abbey and, more recently, The Great Gatsby, gorgeous vintage fashions are now easily found in major retailers. If you snag an invite to a wedding with this theme, consider splurging on this dress (appropriately named Gatsby) from Anthropologie. And how gorgeous are the art deco heels?! For makeup, nothing says vintage glam more than a deep red lip.




1. Anthropologie Gatsby Paillettes Dress ($328)

2. Forever 21 Pearlescent bead and charm necklace ($6.80)

3. Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick in Dark Rosey Red ($5)

4. Boutique 9 Platform Evening Sandals ($112)

5. Bhldn Aigrette Clutch ($350)



Did we miss any? Or do you have your own suggestions? Let us know by sharing in the comments!

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Guest alyssaw


I love this article!! I'm going to a ranch wedding this weekend. I'll be wearing a floral dress and cowboy boots :)


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