Dresses to Wear to a Summer Wedding

Say “I do” to these cute ass summer wedding guest dresses.


By Lucy Mahoney


Hey, it’s been a wild ride. And if we’ve learned anything from the past what feels like 700 months (16, but who’s counting), it’s that life is nothing without love. And wedding buffets. (Oh MAN have we missed you <3.) So, you better believe now we’ve been given the green light to party, the stacks of invites are in the mail (or inbox, gen-Z’s). And you’re gonna need something cute AF to wear, because the sad truth is we haven’t done wedding guest shopping since 2019. So, here we are, with a little debrief to help you bag a rad summer wedding guest dress.

Just don’t outdo the bride, ‘kay? She’s waited too damn long for this.

Long Sleeve Wedding Guest Dresses

Shop the puff sleeve cut out maxi dress

Dresses to sleeve ‘em wanting more. For our ‘80s dreamers, we’ve got two words for you: statement sleeves. This trend of the summer is here to stay and, trust us, she really shines in a wedding setting. We’re talking oversized puff sleeves, exaggerated bell sleeves, and, forget getting a cab, we’ve got batwings big enough to fly yourself home (although we don’t condone drink flying, girls). Summer weddings and big sleeves are the PERFECT combo. Simply leave the jacket at home and truly showcase these babies in all their retro glory. Get ready to make a serious entrance. (Although, depending on the size of the shoulder pads, you may have to tackle it sideways.)

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Satin Wedding Guest Dresses

Shop the pink satin slip dress

For those days all about the love, what better to wear than a romantic as hell satin slip dress. Seriously. Those hella hot silhouettes that skim your figure in the way it deserves, hugging those best bits. Damn. You’ll steal the hearts of the entire wedding party. Aside from the bride or groom. (We hope.) Team a cowl neck midi slip dress with stiletto heels and a dainty crossbody bag for a summer wedding approved fit. Or, rock a square neck satin slit dress, a stellar choker necklace and a cozy scarf to wrap around those fine shoulders (which can also be used as a lasso on the dance floor, FYI).

Seamless day to night transition, check.

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Maxi Wedding Guest Dresses

Shop the gingham cut out maxi dress

It’s cool. We don’t need to be a bridesmaid. (Us? Bitter? Never.) ‘Cause we can always rock a maxi wedding guest dress and feel like a badass superstar. Seriously, these floor-length numbers can crank up the dial on that self-confidence scale and have you questioning why you don’t wear gowns more often. Step into that summer wedding in a maxi spaghetti strap dress, with strappy heeled sandals and a stellar golden glow. Plus, as a non-bridesmaid, you can choose your style and go as bodycon or oversized smock as you feel comfortable. So yeah. It’s all good. (Okay. Maybe we’re a teeny bit bitter. But she promised us in camp when we were seven.)

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Casual Wedding Guest Dresses

Shop the yellow mini smock dress

Gone are the days of taking out a mortgage to pay for a wedding guest outfit. In 2021 it’s all about the dresses you can wear time and time again. Enter casual wedding guest dresses. Not basic. (Never basic.) Just versatile. These babies can be dressed up with mules and slingbacks for a dreamy summer wedding, or down with socks and sneakers for lunch with your besties. ‘Cause, cost per wear. Y’know? Rock an oversized polka dot wedding sundress with a satin headscarf and open toe heels. Perfect for those looong wedding ceremonies where the AC’s a little lazy. Or, team a short sleeve floral tea dress with heeled ankle boots, comfy enough to keep you throwing shapes to Lionel Richie all. Night. Long.

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Black Wedding Guest Dresses

Shop the black lace slip dress

We know, we know. Don’t wear white. WE GET IT. But when it comes to what to wear to a summer wedding, no one said anything about black. And, in our humble opinion (yes, we can be humble), not enough people wear black to a summer wedding. A killer black number is seasonless. So stand out for all the right reasons and rock a smokin’ LBD with a heels that add a pop of color. Or, wear a black loose-fit midi with a yellow purse brighter than that 2pm sun. Either way, you’re sure to bag yourself a groomsman or bridesmaid by the end of the night. And at least no one can question if your dress is too close to cream or lookin’ a little bridal. No. it’s black. And it’s seriously hot.

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