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Ahh, summer, the season of weddings, and with good reason! Namely, of course, because the weather is glorious. While celebrating your summertime nuptials, you’ll have one particularly tricky task: to find a wedding dress that’s more beautiful than the weather Mother Nature delivers that day.
The key to choosing a summer wedding gown is light, airy fabrics. Slits allow the breeze to flow through a long dress. A set that shows a sliver of midriff helps too. Lengths of summer wedding dresses can vary from the shortest of dresses to long, flowing gowns – there’s no right or wrong. No matter which length you choose, make sure you’re able to stay cool and comfortable for your warm-weather nuptials.
Scroll on for ten of our favorite summer wedding dresses, from floor-length gowns to short dresses and every length in between.
1. A breezy, billowy maxi dress
For a traditional look with a twist, consider this maxi dress from Reformation. Its straight neckline and a-line skirt evokes any time period, from Audrey Hepburn and Anne Hathaway. Wear the adjustable straps for a sweet touch, or remove them for a strapless look. The tight, pleated bodice includes a smocked back that’s comfortable for all-day wear, and the floor-length skirt is crafted from breathable organic cotton. Even on a sultry summer day, you won’t feel overheated in this dress.
2. A laced two-piece set
This two-piece ensemble is begging to be worn for a beach wedding. It’s made of intricate sheer lace, which lays atop a beige stretch knit lining. That makes for a dress that’s effortlessly airy, so you’ll feel comfortable no matter the weather on your wedding day. The sheerness allows for a subtle peek of the leg without wearing a short dress, and the sliver of midriff adds an of-the-moment touch to an otherwise traditional silhouette.
3. A simple long gown with modern features
A dress that is both structured and comfortable—do we even need to say more? Reap all the benefits by stepping into this contemporary but classic design. It features a longer length and sassy side slit, perfect for looking hot and keeping cool, and don't even get us started on that slim, sweet-as-can-be belt.
4. A minimalist halterneck gown
Walk down the aisle evoking Meghan Markle vibes wearing this minimalist halterneck dress. It’d be a brilliant selection for a summer wedding because it’s made from a lightweight crepe, so you won’t overheat as you’re exchanging vows. Best of all, the crepe includes a touch of stretch, so you can comfortably dance the night away. It’s graceful, it’s minimalist, and it’s a match made in summer wedding heaven.
5. A textured set that’s sure to stand out
Fashion-forward brides, this set is for you. This strapless, ruffled top pairs with the long skirt that’s created with curved tiers of pleated layers that waterfall from the waistband. Together, the set offers dynamic movement for gliding down the aisle and twirling on the dance floor. The fabric is light and flowing, making this set perfect for a summer wedding, whether that’s a black-tie affair or a laid-back beach wedding.
6. A strapless gown with a high/low hemline
Can’t decide between a long wedding gown or a flirty mini dress? You don’t have to. This Watters wedding dress features a dramatic high/low hemline that gives you the best of both lengths. Go wild accessorizing this elegant gown. The hemline requires a standout shoe, and you’ll want to emphasize the clean neckline with a hair accessory, oversized earrings, or a veil.
7. A romantic midi with billowy sleeves
This midi-length dress is oh-so-romantic and adjustable, too. The billowy sleeves are versatile enough to wear on or off the shoulder, and you can choose whether or not to wear the self-tie sash. Plus, since it’s made from cotton poplin, you’ll feel cool, comfortable, and – most importantly – confident on your wedding day. Then, perhaps, pack it for your honeymoon. We have a feeling it’d look just as beautiful when worn out to a five-star dinner in Greece.
8. A one-shouldered midi with a serious slit
For the bride seeking a fresh look on her wedding day, we love this midi option from Lulus. By the sounds of it, this dress might seem like it has too much going on. It features a blousy bodice, a one-shoulder neckline, an overlapping tulip skirt with a dramatic side ruffle, and a thigh-high slit. But once you try it on, imagining yourself walking down the aisle, it’ll all make sense.
9. A swinging, scalloped mini dress
For a mini dress that’s also modest, opt for one with long sleeves and a relaxed fit, like this timeless option. The scalloped floral eyelet and flared sleeves give it a carefree ‘60s vibe, yet the overall look is nothing but upscale. Add heels for a chic city wedding, or pair this mini with slides for a backyard fête.
10. A silky, satiny mini dress
Are formal gowns too long for you? No problem—step into this must-have! Fit for sweltering summer weddings, the sleeveless design is made from ultra-breathable silk, and the relaxed fit (that shows just the right amount of leg) will make dancing all-night-long look easier than ever.
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