Summer Wedding Guest Dresses 2018: Gorgeous Dresses You’ll Love

If your summer is filled with weddings, you’re going to need some standout summer wedding guest dresses! Here are some of our favorite styles this season.
by The Knot
dresses for a summer wedding guest

You’ve got lots of summer weddings to attend this year, so what are you going to wear? For an easy, breezy and straightforward option, opt for a dress. Summer wedding guest dresses run the gamut from flowy maxi dresses to flirty fit-and-flare styles. Not to mention, bright, summery colors like yellows, pinks and greens will help you stand out no matter the style you choose.

And if you’re looking to save a little money, you can look at summer dresses to wear to a wedding and beyond. Or, consider a dress rental service, like Rent the Runway. You can choose from thousands of styles, so you’re bound to find cute summer wedding guest dresses that match your tastes and have the perfect fit. Below, we share our favorite finds for the best summer wedding guest dresses.


floral metallic cocktail dress


If bright colors aren’t your thing, keep your wedding frock fun by playing with metallics. This Rent the Runway dress features pretty gold and silver accents for a standout look that works for all seasons, summer included.

Marchesa Notte metallic floral cocktail dress, $105 to $120 to rent, RenttheRunway.com


plaid belted fit and flare dress



Gingham is a classic summer print, so the navy and white gingham on this dress is great for a daytime summer wedding. Pair it with wedge sandals for a casual vibe or with strappy stilettos for a bit of a dressier look.

Eliza J belted fit and flare dress, $128, Nordstrom.com


Curve Shift Dress In Geo-Tribal Print

A tribal print is the perfect summer pattern, and even better for a summer wedding when done in a vibrant coral hue.

ASOS glamorous curve shift dress in geo-tribal print, $38, Asos.com


canary hydrangea dress


Warm weather calls for bright colors and nothing says “summertime wedding” like a golden yellow dress. This classic fit-and-flare option from Rent the Runway features a floral print to amp up the summer vibes even more.

Trina Turk canary hydrangea dress, $45 to $60 to rent, RenttheRunway.com


one-shoulder floral brocade dress


Wear a one-shoulder dress like this to show off your décolletage. The structured design of this party dress makes it an ideal option for a cocktail-attire wedding, especially with its regal brocade design.

Xscape one-shoulder floral brocade dress, $199, LordandTaylor.com


baby sequin midi dress

Beads and sequins instantly dress up a straightforward silhouette. This frock’s head-turning navy blue shade, along with the intricate beading, make it really stand out.

LACE & BEADS baby sequin midi dress, $185, Nordstrom.com


off the shoulder gray maxi

Accessorize this simple gray maxi dress to snazz it up for a summer wedding on the beach. The off-the-shoulder neckline and ruffled hem add feminine flair to the look.

ASOS DESIGN off shoulder maxi dress in stripe, $51, Asos.com


two tone scuba ruffle front midi bodycon dress

This dress features a bold ruffle detail on the side for guests who want to turn heads. A cut out on the other side adds even more visual interest to this bright green beauty.

ASOS DESIGN two tone scuba ruffle front midi bodycon dress, $92, Asos.com


utopia printed maxi dress

For a casual or beach wedding, opt for a maxi dress. The flowy skirt, like the one on this colorful number, will keep you feeling breezy and cool, even on the hottest summer days.

Badgley Mischka utopia maxi, $70 to $85 to rent, RenttheRunway.com


detail fit and flare curvy

This A-line dress is a gorgeous option. The color scheme makes it work for your summer wedding and beyond, so it won’t collect dust in your closet. Winning!

Gabby Skye piping detail fit & flare dress, $108, Nordstrom.com


embellished mini dress

A high neckline adds polish to this mini-dress with an exposed back. The look is made even more playful with allover 3-D floral embroidery.

River Island floral embellished mini dress, $158, Asos.com


gray and white striped maxi

For a nautical-themed wedding, go for a sophisticated striped dress. This stunning silhouette and midi-length can be dressed up or down.

Hunter Bell Bella maxi, $50 to $65 to rent, RentTheRunway.com


red chiffon frill maxi

Red is a bold color option that flatters all sorts of skin tones. This dress’ flowy sleeves and ruffle hem also add of-the-moment style touches.

Asos boohoo plus chiffon frill maxi dress, $48, Asos.com


ove hawaii fit & flare dress

Hawaiian flowers get an instant update with this brightly colored dress. Retro piping is a cute detail, while the spaghetti strap neckline and tea-length A-line skirt will help you keep your cool from the ceremony to the reception.

City Chic love hawaii fit & flare dress, $219. Nordstrom.com


off the shoulder midi dress

A Bardot silhouette dress, not to mention one in black, will never go out of style. Wear this dress if you’re headed to a semi-formal or cocktail attire wedding. You’ll look equal parts fashionable and sophisticated.

Bardot 'Solange' off the shoulder midi dress, $119, Nordstrom.com


embroidered logan mini dress

Stand out in this mini-dress from Rent the Runway. With delicate embroidery and flared 1970s-inspired sleeves, you’re sure to make a statement. The short skirt is balanced with a halter neckline for a great summer wedding look.

AMUR embroidered Logan dress, $80 to $95 to rent, RentTheRunway.com


multi snake print lattice detail beach maxi dress

Style risk taskers, this dress is for you. The melange of prints and earthy colors adds a bohemian vibe, especially when paired with the super flowy silhouette. 

ASOS DESIGN petite multi snake print lattice detail beach maxi dress, $51, Asos.com


scalloped mini dress

The scalloping on the neckline of this summer wedding dress is a simple, feminine detail that adds a bit of interest to a simple silhouette without feeling over the top.

French Connection ruth mini dress, $148, LordandTaylor.com


green floral hexagon dress

What better time than summertime to experiment with out-of-the-box prints and colors? This unique emerald green dress from Milly is a great way to do just that. The pop of color combined with its geometric and floral prints make this frock a unique and flirty wedding dress choice.

Milly hexagon floral Jill dress, $100 to $115 to rent, RentTheRunway.com


pink lace spaghetti strap dress

Intricate laser-cut fabric and a pastel pop of color make this dress an easy choice for a summer wedding guest. The sweetheart neckline adds a pretty touch.

J.Crew guipure lace spaghetti strap dress, $188, Nordstrom.com


floral print shift dress

Shifts dresses are versatile options that can be worn to a variety of weddings. Just mix up your shoes to dress up or down the look. Obviously, this floral one is an easy choice for a summer wedding.

Eliza J floral print shift dress, $138, Nordstrom.com


pink pleated popover tea-length dress

Pleats easily elevate a dress, like this one from Jill Jill Stuart. The millennial pink hue is also right on-trend.

Jill Jill Stuart Pleated popover tea-length dress, $398, LordandTaylor.com


purple lace flounce sheath

A sheath is a go-to formalwear dress option, and this one from Marchesa Notte offers a warm weather flair. The bright fuschia color and floral print, not to mention the pretty lace overlay, are standout features of this ultra-feminine look.

Marchesa Notte purple lace flounce sheath, $105 to $120 to rent, RentTheRunway.com


off the shoulder scuba crepe dress

The modified mermaid silhouette of this navy blue midi dress will hug your curves for a super-flattering look. The scuba-crepe material is balanced with a light, off-the-shoulder neckline.

GAL MEETS GLAM COLLECTION Tyler off the shoulder scuba crepe dress, $168, Nordstrom.com


Lace Pinny Scallop Edge Midi Prom Dress

This scalloped lace dress in a blush color is so pretty for a summer wedding, especially when done in a midi-length.

ASOS lace pinny scallop edge midi prom dress, $119, Asos.com


embroidered maxi dress

Can’t decide on a short or long skirt? For a compromise on the two lengths, try this stunning dress with a sheer maxi-length overlay.

Finders embroidered maxi dress, $190, LordandTaylor.com


floral embroidered lace dress

This feminine dress option in a baby blue color is delicate and perfect for hotter temperatures. 

DRESS THE POPULATION Uma floral embroidered lace dress, $269, Nordstrom.com


Rose Print Angel Sleeve Maxi Dress

Fluttery sleeves make a simple maxi dress feel a little flirty. This V-neck would look flattering on anyone and everyone.

ASOS oasis rose print angel sleeve maxi dress, $135, Asos.com


lace bell-sleeve sheath dress


A bright red sheath dress is easy to throw on and needs little to no accessorizing to look amazing. The bell sleeves on this one give off a retro vibe.

Belle Badgley Mischka lace bell-sleeve sheath dress, $249, LordandTaylor.com


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