Picture this. You’ve just received a summer wedding invite and you’re brimming with excitement! After what feels like a lifetime of lockdowns and cancelled plans, you finally have something to look forward to!

You’re in a daydream of Polaroid selfies, champagne re-fills and drunken dancing, until you realise you have nothing to wear!

Luckily for you, dear reader, our store is bursting with dresses to wear to a summer wedding!

The first thing to remember before searching for beautiful wedding guest dresses, is that there are most likely going to be a few rules!

…and we’re not talking about Covid safety protocols, because we know you’ve memorised those, we’re talking about traditional wedding guest etiquette!

These traditional wedding guest rules will help narrow down your search for a summer wedding dress:

1 – Never Wear White!

Unless the bride requests it specifically, any shade of white such as pure, diamond, ivory, cream or champagne is a serious no-go! These are bridal shades only and you are her trusted guest.

Courtney Leiva of the Martha Stewart blog backs us up writing “whatever you do, don’t wear white”.

2 – Do Not Match The Bridesmaids!

If you are not a Bridesmaid, it should go without saying: avoid Bridesmaid colours at all costs! The same colour group is fine, but the exact same shade? Don’t do it.

3 – Avoid Casual 

The “cool and casual” look has no place at a formal wedding. The happy couple will have spent a lot of time and money ensuring that everything fits a defined aesthetic, so don’t ruin their professional photos with your favourite band tee!

Avoid laid back fabrics such as denim, jersey and corduroy, as well as rubber/foam shoes such as flip-flops and crocs. This should be obvious, but you’d be surprised!

With those handy wedding guest tips out of the way, we’ve carefully selected dresses to wear to a summer wedding as a guest in 2021.

We’ve got wedding guest dresses to suit every budget, size and shape, so breathe a sigh of relief and scroll forth… 

Beautiful dresses to wear to a wedding as a guest

The Heloise Dress


This super CUTE fold-over bardot midi gown is officially sold out on Chi Chi London’s site in all Curve, Petite and Regular sizes!

Not here though – we’ve got you!

The striking ruby red shade of this gown is perfect for summer wedding guests this year, as it symbolises love and just screams summer!

Stuck between a Mini and a Maxi? This is why the Midi was invented! A Midi length is perfect for showing off statement heels without taking you out of your comfort zone.

The off-shoulder design is flattering on all figures, highlighting the decolletage and minimal necklaces beautifully. As a summer wedding guest in 2021, you really can’t go wrong with this versatile and vibrant gown!

Not to mention the price! 

The Lisa Dress


This gorgeous one shoulder dress by Elle Zeitoune Australia ticks all the boxes for summer wedding guests that want to feel stylish and comfortable!

The soft, flowing fabric is ideal for carefree dancing, with an integrated under garment for that extra bit of comfort!

Throughout the daytime, the breathable fabric and fashionable cut-out design keeps you comfy and cool. As the evening approaches and temperatures drop, however, you’ll be delighted to feel the benefit of a long layered skirt!

In such a unique shade of blue, rest assured that you probably won’t be matching the bridesmaids either!

Navy Frilled Cross Back Dress


Pretty much a hybrid of our first two formal wedding guest dresses, is this elegant off-shoulder maxi dress by Mascara London.

Navy blue offers a warm alternative to black, so it’s a strong shade to consider for your summer wedding guest dress! Just like black this colour is versatile, stylish and flattering, so you really can’t go wrong.

This romantic style offers day-long comfort and effortless style, letting you focus on friends, food and fizz! A curved, feminine neckline highlights your decolletage, drawing attention to any special pieces of jewellery you have saved for the special day!

The relaxed skirt features soft, light fabric that’s just ideal for celebrations in the sunshine. A subtle yet stylish corset tie features at the back, adding an element of high-fashion!

Floral Print Halter Neck Gown


Nothing says summer like a bold floral print, and nothing says wedding like a flowy floor-length gown!

Need we say more?

Radiate summer vibes in this chic design, featuring a glamorous halter neck and fitted, feminine waist. Guaranteed to keep you feeling fashionable and free.

This gorgeous gown is available in bottle green, black, ivory, lemon and smoke grey, so the choice is all yours!

Double Strapped Satin Sparkle Dress


Worried about wearing black to a wedding? Don’t be!

Bridal stylist Julie Sabatino says, “Wearing black is totally acceptable, as the hue is very versatile”.

This statement-making LBD by Mascara London features a subtle sparkle fabric that’s just perfect for evenings on the dancefloor!

With a super breathable bodice and lightweight skirt, you won’t be bothered by the heat at this summer party.

This short style is ideal for long summer days, whilst flattering black really makes nails, clutches and jewellery POP! Why not accessorise with something sparkly?!

This modern, versatile piece can be dressed up in an endless number of ways! Transform your look in the evening by wrapping up in a fancy feather shrug.

dresses to wear to a summer wedding

Frill Tiered Gown


Featuring feminine frills and a semi-fitted shape, this gown is everything a summer wedding guest needs to feel confident and stylish!

Wine red is sophisticated and romantic, with a thigh-high split adding a modern edge that’s perfect for a 2021 summer wedding!



If you’ve seen something you love or need any help finding dresses to wear to a summer wedding, please visit our site or book online to shop in-store!

We are an evening dress shop in Cornwall UK, but also offer fast worldwide delivery and a fair returns policy!

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