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The 20 Best Dresses to Wear as a Wedding Guest This Summer

Whether you're headed to the beach for a casual afternoon party or a glamorous black-tie celebration on a rooftop, we have your event fashion covered.
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An invitation to a summer wedding is the perfect excuse to buy a new dress—especially one in a fun color, a dramatic silhouette, or a vibrant print. Even for the most formal of events, summer is the time to have some fun.  

Whether your close friend is getting married barefoot on the beach or has planned a black-tie event at a luxury hotel, we have a summer wedding guest dress to fit the occasion. For a garden party, opt for a delicate floral ensemble with Old-World vibes. And if you're headed to that aforementioned ocean locale? Try a simple, breathable silhouette in a bold color—and dress it up with punchy accessories. If you have an ultra-formal invite in your mailbox, choose a glamorous number in billowy, light fabric for a fun twist on a formal look.

Considering the time of year—and a jam-packed wedding season—you might want to consider stocking up on a few of the options we've culled below. (After all, there's nothing worse than a last-minute fashion scramble!)

wrap dress
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Theia "Candace" Wrap Cocktail Dress

$545, neimanmarcus.com

This vibrant blue dress is striking, simple, and architectural. A dramatic one sleeve look wraps across into a flattering knot, accentuating the asymmetrical hem.

lace dress
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Tuckernuck "Hibiscus" Guipure Lace Blythe Dress

$278, tuckernuck.com

We love a mini dress—it screams "let's party!" This number's ruffled collar and big back make are flirty and fun. It also comes in blue and white (and just might be perfect for the bride-to-be's after-party look!).

floral maxi dress
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LoveShackFancy "Madsen" Dress

$695, revolve.com

If a garden party met a nap dress, this would be the result. We're obsessed with this vibrant floral piece in chartreuse and pink—and the peek-a-boo back is a total showstopper.

painterly floral gown
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Theia "Faye" Painterly Bow Organza Gown

$448, saksfifthavenue.com

A plunging V-neckline and billowing bow are the stunning details that dress up this watercolor gown. It's the perfect harmony of black-tie elegance and summertime ease.

sleeveless maxi dress
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Reformation "Mackenzie" Sleeveless Maxi Dress

$148, nordstrom.com

This sleek silhouette in a bold, but seasonally-appropriate hue is practically begging to make its big-day debut. Dress it up with a gold heeled sandal, sleek updo, and dramatic earrings to make a statement.

pleated lace dress
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ASOS Pleated Lace Midi Dress

$130, asos.com

Have you been perfecting your dance moves? This brilliant yellow lace dress with an accordion-pleated skirt will look particularly lovely when you're twirling under the moonlight.

twist neck dress
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Julia Jordan Twist Neck Sheath Dress

$109, nordstrom.com

A sweet and simple sheath dress is a timeless summer wedding guest look. The twist at the neck really elevates this ensemble.

floral fit flare dress
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City Chic Floral Fit and Flare Dress

$179, nordstrom.com

Roses are red, violets are blue—and this fit-and-flare dress is perfect for watching your friends say, "I do." With a moody rose floral and bustier-inspired bodice, you can wear this lovely dress through a busy summer wedding season and well into fall. That's what we call a win-win.

camellia pink marissa dress
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Tuckernuck "Camellia" Pink Marissa Dress

$168, tuckernuck.com

A sexy off-the-shoulder neckline, a bright magenta pink, and a twirl-worthy skirt make this number perfect for an outdoor summer wedding.

painterly dress
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Anthropologie Painterly Open-Back Midi Dress

$180, anthropologie.com

This mod floral echoes vintage oil paintings with its subtle variations in color and tone. Wear it to an afternoon ceremony in the sun or dress it up with black heels and bold earrings for a cocktail reception.

navy wedding guest dress
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Kate Spade Twill One-Shoulder Dress

$398, katespade.com

A one-shoulder silhouette is a perennial favorite, especially when topped with the sweetest bow. Whether you opt for a little black dress or prefer a soft navy (this colorway is perfect for a coastal event!), this is a classic you'll pull out of your closet time and again.

wide leg jumpsuit
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Eloqui Tie Strap Wide Leg Jumpsuit

$120, eloqui.com

The comfort of a jumpsuit, but in wedding-ready form? Add to cart! This sunny ensemble gets the formal treatment with a tailored silhouette and feminine bows at the shoulders.

maxi dress
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Yumi Kim Marta Maxi Dress

$268, revolve.com

This delicate, candy-colored floral gown has a punch of personality thanks to its one-shoulder neckline and side slit—plus, the lightweight crepe fabric will keep you cool during that balmy reception.

pleated midi dress
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Theia "Gemma" Pleated Midi Dress

$995, saksfifthavenue.com

For those refreshingly cool summer evenings, this long sleeve midi dress adds a little extra coverage, while still keeping the look easy-breezy.

floral print dress
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M. M. LaFleur DiemMy Dress in Washable Silk

$495, mmlafleur.com

A sweet floral dress gives retro 1950s vibes thanks to its flowing A-line skirt, square neckline, and waist-defining sash. Wear it to your next daytime event—and don't be surprised when you find any excuse to pull it out of your closet.

floral slip dress
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Alice and Olivia "Christina" Floral-Printed Hi-Lo Dress

$291, saksfifthavenue.com

The rich colors of this summer floral look—emerald green, tomato red, and golden yellow—are totally unexpected, which means you'll stand out. The slip dress shape makes it a cool choice for warm-weather evenings.

floral halter dress
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Shoshanna "Mikala" Floral Halter Dress

$660, saksfifthavenue.com

Who says florals can't be formal? This metallic floor-length options features smocked details, a tiered skirt, and an elegance that screams black-tie.

off shoulder dress
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Monique Lhuillier Off-the-Shoulder Two-Tone Lace Calf-Length Fit & Flare Midi-Dress

$645, saksfifthavenue.com

A darling lace midi dress with a fit-and-flare silhouette is a pretty choice for any summer wedding. The contrasting shades of lipstick red and hibiscus pink make for a surprising combination.

floral mini dress
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Aqua Crepe Flounce Cocktail Dress

$155, bloomingdales.com

With a ruffled skirt and gorgeous, seashell-inspired coral hue, this dress is a clear contender for your next destination wedding.

pink floral slip dress
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Rodarte Pink Floral Printed Silk Slip Dress

$966, shopbop.com

A body-skimming silk dress is wedding appropriate when it's done in a sweet pastel print. Even during the season's hottest days, this slinky look will still feel (or at least look!) chic.