Choosing your summer wedding guest dress

During the hottest season, you’ll need to stay cool during the day yet stave off the inevitable evening chill. Here are some simple tips and trends to help you dress to impress without stress. 


Summertime style - whatever the weather 

The key word when it comes to a British summer wedding is adaptability. The notoriously fickle summer sun can disappear at a moments notice which makes planning ahead a whole lot harder. You won’t really know what the weather holds until the morning of the wedding so it’s always worth having a backup outfit prepared in case the rain clouds have unfortunately rolled over.  
For unexpected rain or changes in temperature, layers will be your friend. A foldable umbrella or stylish raincoat will stave off potential showers. A shawl or light jacket will keep you warm if the air is cool. Know what you’ll wear whatever the weather and they’ll be no stressing on the day. 

Keep the venue in mind 

While your summer wedding guest dress should be out to impress, it should also fit with the venue and style of the event. When choosing your outfit, a good starting point is to consider the venue. For example, our wedding venue in Staffordshire, has an indoor and outdoor lakeside ceremony space, both offering the perfect blend of rustic charm and modern comfort.


At more traditional wedding venues, it’s important to consider the couple’s religious affiliation. Not all places of worship have the same dress code so that this can provide some helpful guidance. As a general rule, understated is a good way to go. This doesn’t mean you should have to be devoid of all colour but instead choose a more neutral palette without neon colours and lots of jewellery.  


For a ceremony out in the elements, you’ll want to get the layers right. For warmer days, something breathable like linen or cotton is ideal. On cooler days, adding a shawl or light jacket will help keep you warm. Consider your footwear carefully too. A flat shoe or block heel will be best for weddings by the sea or in a garden marquee to avoid sinking into the sand or grass. 

Know the dress code and colours 

The wedding invitation should let you know whether you’ll be expected in black tie or casual wear. Whichever it is, summer wedding guest dresses always benefit from a splash of light or bright colours - pastels, bright pinks and blues will match the sunny weather. Just bear in mind when choosing colours, it’s best to avoid white or the colour of the bridesmaid’s dresses. 
It’s also increasingly popular for the couple to be specific on what they’d like guests to wear. Requests such as ‘all pastel colours’ or ‘shades of green’ provide a creative yet cohesive dress code. Be sure to double check the dress code to get that perfect summer wedding guest dress. 

Three summer wedding guest dress trends for 2024 

Always opt for something you feel confident and comfortable in. Aside from that, here are some summer wedding guest dress styles that will be popular in 2024. 

Colour matching 

It’s all about bold and bright colours. And these vibrant hues are just perfect for a summer wedding. Think hot pink, sunshine yellow, emerald green. A splash of colour will add a sense of playfulness and fun to your look. And while these colours will be bright, they will also be harmonised from hat to shoes to accessories. 

Sheer fabrics 

Elegance is always on trend. Sheer fabrics have been growing in popularity and all signs point to them becoming the trendiest of summer wedding guest dresses. Adding a strong sense of sophistication to your look, sheer fabrics can cover a range of dress codes without looking out of place.  

Bold prints 

Prints are always in style but in 2024 expect them to go bold. Summer weddings are typically less formal and allow for fabrics that are lighter and more breathable. Make a splash with bold prints on everything from strapless gowns to maxi dresses to really get into the summer vibes. 

The best wedding venue in Staffordshire 

From traditional ceremonies to bespoke weekend weddings, our Grade II listed manor house and gardens provide the perfect backdrop. The Moat House is where dream weddings come to life.  
The rolling Staffordshire countryside sets the stage with a picturesque lake and immaculate gardens to enjoy and explore on the big day. Serving up the finest local food and drink in our 2 AA Rosette restaurant and featuring the most luxurious of accommodation, a wedding at the Moat House has everything you could want and more.