6 Things to Consider When Shopping for Your Summer Wedding Dress

A bride wearing a light pink  dress in front of a bougainvillea bush.

Regardless of your wedding timing, shopping for a dress always comes with its own set of challenges. In addition to that, each season of the year has its own specific considerations when it comes to style and fashion.

Comfort should always be the top priority no matter the occasion, especially at a summer wedding. There’s nothing more uncomfortable than wearing the wrong thing. So, if you’re looking for advice on how to shop for a summer wedding dress, we’ve got a few useful tips for you.

1. Be Creative

A bride wearing a backless dress near the ocean next to a groom in a white tuxedo.

Summer means warm temperatures and sunny days, which means you have plenty of dress options to choose from. Depending on the season you’re shopping in, or even the weather that day, you may forget that you’re not restricted by the current climate. For the same reason, be aware of the temperature in the bridal salon you visit. If it’s too air-conditioned, you’re not going to be feeling the summer vibe.

2. But Be Aware of the Weather

As much as we wish for perfect weather on our wedding day, it’s really impossible to predict. Even sunny California can have cold and rainy days mid-summer. So, while you can do a lot more with your dress choice in the summer season, don’t forget to plan for unexpected weather. That means have a stylish cover-up at the very least.

Even if you’re holding a wedding completely indoors, you’ll still likely need to travel to and from various locations on the day, and who knows how well-ventilated any of those locations are. So, it’s always better to keep things on the lighter side and just have a sweater or something on the side to provide a bit of warmth, if needed.

3. Avoid Faux-Pas Fabrics

A bride and groom having their first look.

For the most part, let’s assume things may get hot and humid. In which case, the fabric of the dress matters. Anything too stuffy or heavy might make you faint or just feel irritated. Opt for light and breezy materials instead, such as silk and lace. But even with them, be careful if they’re layered in excessive amounts, as that will defeat the purpose. Even certain types of lace can be suffocating. The same principle applies to veils, which believe it or not, can carry some weight to them.

Of course, this will largely depend on how well you handle heat and humidity, so consider your comfort as your base. If you’re happy wearing jeans and a sweater in 100-degree temperatures, by all means, you’re free to wear whatever you want!

4. Let Your Legs Breathe

For the most part, let’s assume things may get hot and humid. In which case, the fabric of the dress matters. Anything too stuffy or heavy might make you faint or just feel irritated. Opt for light and breezy materials instead, such as silk and lace. But even with them, be careful if they’re layered in excessive amounts, as that will defeat the purpose. Even certain types of lace can be suffocating. The same principle applies to veils, which believe it or not, can carry some weight to them.

Of course, this will largely depend on how well you handle heat and humidity, so consider your comfort as your base. If you’re happy wearing jeans and a sweater in 100-degree temperatures, by all means, you’re free to wear whatever you want!

5. Remember Your Venue



A bride wearing a ball gown next to a river.

Summer weddings give you more options on what to wear and where to celebrate. And if you book the venue out of season, you might not have thought how the place will be like come summer. For example, you might want to avoid a dress with a train if you’re holding a wedding outside—that is, unless you don’t mind the dress getting dirty.

6. Always Recreate Your Look

No matter what season you’re shopping for, when it comes to wedding dresses, do dress up for the occasion. That means doing the makeup and ideally the hair. In addition, if you’re shopping out of season, consider how your look may change in the summer. For example, you might be more tan, your hair might get blonder, etc. This might not matter unless you’re choosing a colored dress, but it’s worth keeping in mind.

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