Best Dressed Guest: What to Wear to a Summer Wedding
17th March 2020
By Ellie Hamilton
Take the stress out of shopping for the perfect ensemble for your loved one's big day with our edit of outfits you'll want to watch them say I do too. Whether you're attending a traditional ceremony, formal affair or jetting off to a place in the sun, we've got a look for each.
When it comes to choosing a wedding guest outfit, thankfully, stricter rules need no longer apply. If you'd like to wear [black](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/women/clothing/dresses/black) to a wedding you can; if you’d prefer to wear a [maxi dress](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/women/clothing/dresses?prefn1=women-clothing-dresses-length&prefv1=Maxi) (or even a [mini dress](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/women/clothing/dresses?prefn1=women-clothing-dresses-length&prefv1=Mini)), then choice is yours; and if you're considering wearing [white](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/women/clothing/dresses/white)… it might be best to double check with a courtesy call to the bride (or at least a text). The only golden rule is to stick to your own style, and gracefully tread the fine line between making your mark and stealing the bride’s matrimonial thunder.
Wedding season is upon us, meaning so too are champagne toasts, sore heels and dress-code stresses a plenty. Striking a balance between finding an outfit that's comfortable enough to go from day to night celebrations, appropriate enough for the venue _and_ has just the right amount of pizzazz to get you noticed (for all the right reasons, of course) is enough to send any of us into a frantic online shopping frenzy. Which is why we've created a fool-proof guide on dressing for every wedding eventuality, with outfits you'll want to say I do too for your loved one's wedding. Dress with aplomb, whether you’re attending a traditional ceremony, formal affair or beachy bash abroad (lucky you).
#### Tradition Meets Modernity
For traditional ceremonies, springy shades and florals are always a safe bet, so anything by [REDValentino](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/brands/redvalentino/women/clothing) ticks all the boxes. Switch up a [dress](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/women/clothing/dresses) with an [elegant midi skirt](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/women/clothing/skirts?prefn1=women-clothing-skirts-length&prefv1=Midi) and [printed top](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/women/clothing/tops) for noticeable modern styling. Don't forget a [mini bag](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/women/bags?prefn1=typeBagWomens&prefv1=Shoulder%20Bags%7CCross%20Body%20Bags) to house all your essentials — white wine and Champagne only please!
#### Black Tie
With old-school black tie and formal dress codes relaxed, frills, lace and bright colours are no longer off limits, but opting for a suitably chic [cocktail dress](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/women/clothing/dresses/cocktail) or [longer-length gown](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/women/clothing/dresses/evening) is a must. Look on it as an excuse to wear that wow dress you've had your eye on, but weren't quite sure what for. And, if ultra-feminine just isn't you — a sleek, sophisticated [jumpsuit](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/women/clothing/jumpsuits-and-playsuits) is just the ticket.
#### Holiday in the Sun
Wherever the destination — be it a balmy Spanish beach or picturesque vineyard in Tuscany — a sun-drenched setting is the perfect excuse to try something a little more daring. Say yes to a trusty [day dress](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/women/clothing/dresses/day), like these bright, bold and beautiful [Stine Goya designs](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/brands/stine-goya/women/clothing). The perfect accompaniment to a bold outfit? No nonsense [neutral accessories](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/women/accessories/cream_neutral_tan), and [beige bags](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/women/bags/beige) that will complement your tan like a pro.
#### Country Affair
Our favourite dress code of them all - and delightfully the current wedding of choice - is the rustic garden or hippy bohemian gathering. Likely to be super-relaxed, this dreamy dress-code lends itself seamlessly to [multicoloured floral dresses](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/women/clothing/dresses/multi), and we love [Samantha Sung's range of vibrant designs](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/brands/samantha-sung/women/clothing). Finish off with [quirky jewellery](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/women/accessories/jewellery) to celebrate the beautiful scenery.