DOs and DON’Ts: What to Wear to a Summer Wedding

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It may not be your special day, but that doesn’t mean you don’t deserve to look gorgeous. Summer wedding attire can be tricky and because you shouldn’t have to stress out about a wedding that isn’t yours, we’ve put together some tips to ensure that you’ll turn heads while sticking to the dress code. The last thing you want is the dreaded, “bless her heart, did she see what she had on?”

The DOs:

  • Summer colors like aqua, peach, pink, and even kelly green always look great.
  • Wear cute pumps or sandals for an inside wedding/reception.
  • You can wear black to an evening wedding, just be sure you add a pop of color.
  • If you do opt for something sexy, make it tasteful.
  • A linen pants suit is a classy alternative to a dress.
  • Wear a cool straw hat if the wedding is casual.
  • If the venue is country or rustic, wear cowboy boots.

The DON’Ts:

  • Please, do not wear white. White is reserved for the bride. Period. People will talk about you. (Insert “bless her heart.”)
  • If it’s a morning or afternoon wedding, don’t wear black. Wear something colorful instead.
  • You won’t want to wear heels for an outside wedding/reception. Your stilettos will get stuck in the ground.
  • Leave the ultra-low cut dresses, short-short dresses and shorts at home. If you wouldn’t want your grandma to see you in it, then don’t wear it.


  • Remember to dress for the time and venue. Earlier in the day means more casual, while an evening wedding is more formal. If in doubt, ask!
  • At noon, it’s perfectly appropriate to wear a summer sundress or pastel skirt, while at six, it’s more fitting to wear a satin or chiffon cocktail dress.
  • Wear comfortable shoes to the reception if a DJ is going to be there.
  • Take a pretty scarf or wrap to an indoor wedding. It can sometimes be very cold.
  • Beach weddings have their own set of attire rules. Actually, there are no rules except to be very comfortable!
  • Go with your gut and if you still aren’t sure, check Pinterest!
  • Have fun and celebrate your friends!