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This Seasons Ultimate Wedding Guest Dress Style Guide

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Customer Happiness Team

October 28, 2022

Model (left) wearing the Monrow Slip Dress by Camilla and Marc, Model (right) Rebecca Vallance Purple Rain Gown

Summer wedding season is here and we’re here to help you find the perfect wedding dress outfit, regardless of the location or theme. From an Australian hot summer’s beach wedding ceremony to a formal black-tie wedding theme, be sure to RSVP with confidence with our top picks for what to wear to a summer wedding as a guest!

Before we get into our stunning picks for this Wedding Guest season, let’s establish a few hot tips to help you avoid committing a wedding fashion faux-pas with our dress code rules for an Australian summer wedding.

Dress code rules for a summer wedding

Don’t wear white

This is pretty standard, but there are occasions that the Bride may request it. Similarly, it’ll also be a good idea to check what colour outfits the bridesmaids are wearing to the wedding and cross that off your list – you don’t want to be mistaken for part of the wedding party!

Don’t upstage the bride

Please remember, it’s the brides day! It’s her special day and all eyes should be on her so steer clear of anything OTT such as trains, multi-coloured sequins or ornate fascinators. Another hot tip is to avoid outfits that expose too much bare skin, such as plunging necklines, micro-mini skirts and very sheer fabrics. A wedding is definitely not the occasion at which you want to risk a wardrobe malfunction.

Check if there’s a dress code

What does it say on the invitation? If the dress code is specified, follow it faithfully, including colour specifications and themes. If not, let the wedding’s location dictate your choice of dress. Otherwise, it’s better to steer more formal side than to turn up under-dressed to a wedding occasion

Choose appropriate accessories

Giant hats are a bad idea, as they will likely block other guests’ view of the happy couple. Enormous handbags are also best avoided, as they can be awkward when you’re mingling.

Select sensible footwear

If you’re likely to be on your feet for much of the event, or you plan on dancing the night away at the reception, either choose a shoe that’s comfortable enough to go the distance or bring a pair of ballet flats that you can pop on when your feet start to protest.

Slip, slop, slap for the hot summer evening

The Australian sun is formidable and can burn you in as little as 15 minutes, so if you’re going to be outside for any length of time, remember to use a non-greasy, non-staining sunscreen before you get dressed for the wedding. Apart from the health implications of sunburn, it’s not a great look if you’re lobster-red by the time the reception starts.

Pick the perfect summer wedding outfit

Now it’s that time. Here are GlamCorner’s top tips for this season in finding the perfect wedding guest dress for summer.

Formal summer wedding outfits

A formal wedding dress code calls for gowns and glamor. You’ll want to wear a long dress in a beautiful fabric. Something that makes you feel glamorous, that doesn’t stand out too much. We love these dress options:

Lucinda Gown

Lucinda Gown - Nicholas

A stunning and bold colored gown with a flattering bias-cut maxi-length skirt and a thigh-high slit.

Khaki Max dress

Paris Georgia - Max dress

Stand out and still look chic with this dress with beautiful pleased bust detail. Cut out dresses are trending.

Cocktail summer wedding outfits

A cocktail summer wedding is a usual theme for weddings and you cannot go wrong with a great mini-to-midi cocktail dress! Think knee-length to tea-length skirts, ruffles and bright colours.

Navy Flower Garden Dress

LEO LIN - Flower Garden Cotton Linen Dress

A uniquely gorgeous and colourful print with Balloon and a high neckline. Perfect for a daytime wedding event

Off Shoulder Dress

Camilla - Off Shoulder Shirred Dress

A charming off-shoulder maxi by Camilla radiates feminine beauty with its beautiful tangerine florals and blue paisley print.

Daytime summer wedding outfits

We love a good daytime wedding at GlamCorner. For daytime summer weddings, you’re looking at a less formal dress occasion, and this doesn’t mean a casual wedding look. Have fun with this wedding and opt for something feminine and classy that suits the location, be it a beach, park or function centre.

Blouse and Skirt Set.

Torannce – Frida Blouse & Day To Night Skirt

This dress is the epitome of summer elegance and is perfect to rent for a Garden Wedding.

Sherbert Stripe Skirt and Top Set

Spell – Carnival Wrap Skirt and Top Set

Featuring a candy stripe yarn dyed print that absolutely makes a statement. Radiate summer vibes by hiring this dress.

Destination summer wedding outfits

Lucky you. It’s a wedding where you can go somewhere different. Destination weddings can be anything from daytime beach parties to Country Garden Weddings. For this wedding theme, we recommend traveling in comfortable styles! Think lightweight fabrics like Linen, floaty shapes and easy-to-wear wrap style dresses.

Summery Pink Cut Out Dress

Nicholas - Wren Dress

Ideal for warmer climates, with a bright colour, short balloon sleeves and a fit and flare silhouette.

Yellow Flared shoulder dress

Talulah – Sunshine Mini Dress

This stunning yellow piece will make you want to dance the night away.

Visit our Wedding Season Edit

Want to see more? Take a peek at our wedding edit or have a browse through some of our thousands of styles to suit your own style. Whether you want a dress, suit, onesie or anything that will make you feel amazing at your next special occasion.

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