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The 31 Best Summer Wedding Guest Dresses for a Summer of Celebrations

Summer is officially wedding season. If you've got an invite, don’t stress about what to wear. Simply choose one of these gorgeous summer wedding guest dresses which suit all styles and budgets.

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After all the postponed weddings of last year, it's going to be a bumper summer of couples tying the knot. If you've been invited to one of these, it's likely to be your first big chance to dress up and spend time around all your friends - and to complete that, you need a killer summer wedding guest dress.

We’ve searched the rails of the high street (as well as delving into the new season drops of our favourite online retailers) to bring you the very best summer wedding guest dresses for every type of occasion.

Summer is the time of year when you can take inspiration from the weather and go as bold and bright as you dare, so there are plenty of patterns and prints in our edit. However, the trends for Scandi-inspired neutrals, shirred prairie shapes and more delicate floral designs are certainly still on the radar too, so we’ve included something to cater for all tastes and budgets.

None of these dresses are one-off wears. After the wedding, they can become staple parts of your party wardrobe with a chic jacket thrown on for autumn or winter weddings.

To start, we’ve also compiled a couple of top tips for you to ensure whatever you choose fits the bill.

Top Tips for Choosing a Summer Wedding Guest Dress

  • Consider the dress code. Have the couple outlined a colour scheme to adhere to on their wedding invitation? Have they specified “black tie” or “cocktail attire”? Make sure you’re up to date.
  • Make a mental note of what not to wear to a wedding. Y’know, the glaringly obvious like not wearing white, plus the unwritten rules like no denim and nothing too short.
  • Don’t choose something which will have you upstaging the bride. Weddings might be a great excuse to buy a new dress, but don’t go too overboard.
  • Wear colour in the summer to liven up the photographs. Any excuse, hey?

Now you know the rules, it’s time to get shopping. Ready to find your dream summer wedding guest dress for 2021? Keep scrolling…

1. Floral Tie Sleeve Mini Tea Dress - £59, M&S X Ghost

Model wearing a short floral dress

We also adore this short, chic mini dress that features pretty ties on the sleeves. Styled with sandals or heels and you have yourself a wedding guest dress that can be worn for summers to come!

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2. Floral Frill Detail Shirred Midi Tea Dress - £69, M&S X Ghost

Model wearing midi tea dress

Vintage inspired weddings are all the rage and if you're attending one this shirred floral dress would be perfect for the occasion. It also comes in a mini me kids size - ideal if little ones are tagging along too.

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3. Round Neck Ruffle Dress - £19.99, Zara

Best Summer Wedding Guest Dresses

We don't really need to say anything, do we? Those sleeves speak for themselves. This style comes in two other colours too.

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4. Tenki London Halterneck High-Low Dress - £34, SilkFred

Best Summer Wedding Guest Dresses

As we all know, leopard print is a neutral - so spice it up by wearing this gorgeous bottle green print version of it. Add statement shoes and jewellery for a contemporary look.

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5. Damsel in a Dress Lulu Lace Midi - £149, John Lewis

Best Summer Wedding Guest Dresses

Bright, bold and eye-catching for summer, we adore this turquoise flared dress. Embellished with intricate lace, the shape elongates the figure and provides nice arm coverage for those who'd prefer that. 

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6. Cowl Neck Midi Dress - £71.20, Coast

Best Summer Wedding Guest Dresses

This dress was made for dancing. Designed in a super shimmery fabric, this navy dress drapes down from a cowl neck to a fitted midi. The textured finish elevates it up a level.

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7. L.K. Bennett Avery Heart Spot Print Midi - £250, John Lewis

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At a celebration of love, what better than to wear your heart literally on your sleeve (and the rest of you)? These cute white heart complement this chic blue pleated dress gorgeously. It's got Kate Middleton vibes which we are 100% here for.

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8. Lace V-Neck Midi Dress - £129, Coast

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How gorgeous is this cut-work lace fabric! With a scallop-hemmed skirt and puff sleeves, this Coast dress is full of cute finishing touches.

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9. Ruched Yellow Midi Dress - £35, Monsoon

Best Summer Wedding Guest Dresses

This eco-friendly dress from Monsoon's S.E.W capsule collection is one you'll want to wear time and again. The mustard colour is gorgeous for a sunny day and you can dress it up or down depending on the wedding.

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10. Belted Floral Print Midi Dress - £95, & Other Stories

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Summer calls for colour and this dress has it in spades. It has a cool '70s vibe to it with bursts of pink, red, burgundy and peach. Sleeveless is great for a warm day too.

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11. Ted Baker Rioni Floral Print Twist Waist Maxi Dress - £125, John Lewis

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We know, cream! Played right, you don't need to worry about the colour of this dress at all. The beautiful floral print puts it right in the guest dress category; in fact, in the best dressed guest category, with its flattering, sophisticated and sleek design. Perfect for a summer wedding where the sun might not be shining quite as much as we'd like.

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12. Frilled Broderie Anglaise Mini Dress - £65, & Other Stories

Best Summer Wedding Guest Dresses

Flirty and feminine, this mini dress is a youthful and fun choice. Make sure it's an event where you won't feel the odd one out with your legs on show as this mini has a sexy side too. 

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13. Lemon Print V-Neck Midi Tea Dress - £45, Marks and Spencer

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There's not a single dress in the Nobody's Child and M&S collab that you couldn't wear to a wedding - they're all incredible. If you're after a memorable dress that'll look great in photos, go for this fun lemon print dress.

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14. Flowy Puff Sleeve Midi Dress - £85, & Other Stories

Best Summer Wedding Guest Dresses

This kind of smocked bodice and sweetheart neckline suits both larger and smaller chests and the colour red really does work on almost everyone. If you're not sure what to wear, we can guarantee this dress will look good on you.

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15. Vera Printed Jacquard Maxi Dress - £115, Kitri

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Featuring a Hollywood-style high neck and a thigh-high slit, this dress was made for twirling. You'll feel like a million dollars, especially with your hair up showing off that gorgeous oversized bow neck fastening.

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16. Puff Sleeve Maxi Wrap Dress - £95, & Other Stories

& Other Stories dress

Wrap dresses are universally flattering and we absolutely adore the soft pastel blue shade of this & Other Stories version. Pair with simple strappy sandals and you're good to go.

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17. Ankle-Length A Line Dress - £34.99, H&M

H&M dress

When it comes to wedding guest dressing we're all about comfort here at Hitched, which is why we couldn't resist including this floaty H&M number. This would also work perfectly if you wanted to cinch in the waist with a delicate belt!

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18. Printed Halter Gown - £49.99, Mango

Mango dress

Green is going to be a huge trend for 2022, so get ahead of the curve by opting for this sweet spotty Mango number. We love how the white shoes tie in with the spots! 

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19. Printed Puff Sleeve Maxi Dress - £120, & Other Stories

& Other Stories dress

We love the flutter sleeves on this & Other Stories dress - and just wait until you see the open back! 

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20. Rachelle Dress - £300, Reformation

Reformation dress

This dress might be on the pricier side, but we can guarantee you're going to want to wear Reformation's Rachelle dress again and again. 

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21. Light Pink Wrap Dress - £24.99, H&M

H&M dress

Can you tell we're big fans of a wrap dress? We love the effortless feel to this light pink, floral number from H&M - perfect if you're looking for something floaty! 

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22. Satin Midi Dress - £49.99, Mango

Mango dress

How beautiful is the green shade of this slinky Mango dress? Pop a cream blazer over the top for a seriously chic city wedding look. 

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23. Karen Dress - £265, Reformation

Reformation

Sticking with the green theme, we couldn't not include this stunning wrap dress from Reformation. Pair with gold jewellery for a show-stopping look.

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24. Fruit Print Frill Dress - £159, Whistles via John Lewis

Whistles

How much fun is this fruit print dress from Whistles? If you're after a black dress with a twist, this is a great option! 

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25. Lyocell-Blend Flounced Dress - £24.99, H&M

H&M

Alternatively, if you like the idea of a cream dress but don't want to risk upstaging the bride, this printed version from H&M is a really pretty option. 

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26. Vent Cotton Dress - £49.99, Mango

Mango

How much fun is this sunny dress from Mango? We love the subtle flash of skin which is perfectly balanced by the maxi length. 

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27. Puff Sleeve Midi Dress - £85, & Other Stories

& Other Stories

Who says you can't wear black to a wedding, especially when it's this chic! We love the black shoes but a pair of brightly coloured heels would also work well with this & Other Stories dress

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28. Kourtney Dress - £248, Reformation 

Reformation

This pretty dress just screams summer to us, making it the perfect option for a summer wedding guest dress. Pair with a raffia bag to complete the look. 

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29. Miriom Asymmetric Knitted Midi Dress - £99, Ted Baker

Blue Ted Baker dress

You're guaranteed to make a statement at that summer wedding when you turn up in this bright blue Ted Baker dress! We love the pleat detailing. 

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30. Cowl Neck Satin Slip Cami Midi Dress - £55, SilkFred

SilkFred dress

We're obsessed with this sultry cowl neck dress from SilkFred, and don't get us started on that colour!

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31. Olivia Dress - £149, Ghost

Ghost dress

This sweet satin dress is giving us serious vintage vibes. How cute is that scalloped collar! 

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Now you’ve got your summer wedding guest dress sorted, make sure you check out our 18 rules which all wedding guests must follow! You don’t want to get caught out.

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