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What to Wear to a Summer Wedding: Fashion Inspiration to Keep You Cool and Comfortable

29th July 2022

It can be quite the minefield trying to decide what to wear for any wedding, but a summer wedding can really throw a spanner into the works due to the UK's less than predictable weather.

And then there are the wedding dress codes to contend with.

Therefore, you'd be forgiven for becoming a bit anxious at the prospect of your wedding guest attire!

But, fear not, we have all the best wedding fashion for 2022 to help you strike the right balance between elegant and not too casual, all while helping you keep cool when the mercury is rising at your next summer Lake district wedding.

Summer wedding guest attire: The hottest trends For 2022

In 2021, the emphasis was on pinks and blues, and there is somewhat of a continuation with these. New colour bursts, metallics and even abstract prints are also making a huge comeback on the scene.

Let's talk you through the hottest trends to wear to a summer wedding that will also have you feeling cool and comfortable at the same time.

Fun and flirty florals

Florals come around time and time again. You can't go wrong with some light and breezy florals carefully crafted to go with your overall wedding outfit.

Larger-than-life floral prints are all the rage this season, so why not consider some oversized prints or abstract designs. These colourful prints are sure to make you stand out from the crowd without overshadowing the bride.

It's important to be comfortable, so why not consider a midi dress with a fresh floral print to keep the heat at bay. After all, midi dresses really are a favourite summer staple, allowing you to exude understated glam while keeping cool in the warm weather.


‘More is more’ is the season's sentiment, and we are here for it!

And with that, one of the more exciting fashion must-haves for the 2022 wedding season is metallic shades and blocks of patterns. Gold and silver are looking to be the most popular of these. Giving a splash of decadent 80s vibes, these metallic colours would look perfect at beach weddings.

Even better, you probably have one or two winter metallic outfits that you wore to the Christmas office party at one time or another. These are perfect for the upcoming season and will add a hint of fun, frivolity and flair to your wedding look.

Pops of colour

Nothing quite says summer like a burst of colour, and wedding guest dress codes are often full of requests for boldness and merriment in the dress code department. Choosing bright and cheery colours such as red, yellow and even orange are very popular choices for 2022 as these look great in the warmer months.

If in-your-face fashion hues aren't your idea of a fashion statement, believe it or not, black is a more common wedding colour than you might think, especially at black-tie affairs and other kinds of formal weddings.

For obvious reasons, the only real colour that shouldn't be seen on wedding guests is white.

Earthy tones

If you want an outfit that will last for years to come, consider earthy tones, which can be jazzed up for the special day or incorporated into a relaxed, casual brunch look.

The colours proving popular in the summer wedding attire stakes are light greys, greens and beiges, but browns are also making a comeback too.

These colours work great at just about any type of wedding but would be especially suited to a formal wedding this summer season. And, these lighter colours will help reflect light, so you can keep your cool at all times.

What to wear to a summer wedding: Things to consider


Always choose clothes based on your budget. There is absolutely no point in spending money that you don't have in order to impress at a wedding.

And, if money is a bit tight, consider up-cycling some of your own clothes. There's nothing to stop you from wearing your favourite midi dress or slip dress and ramping up with some strappy heels and chunky jewellery to complete the wedding look.

Dress code

The number 1 consideration at any wedding should be the dress code. Failure to adhere to this will not only make you look out of place, but you'll also be at risk of upsetting the bride and groom!

Time of day

Evening dos are likely to be cooler than midday weddings, so make sure you keep something warm handy, but not something so big that you'll hate carrying around with you all day.

Weather forecast

We're not known for our good weather here in the UK. Even if a summer wedding is happening inside, it's a good idea to check the forecast. After all, you don't want to be in a light and airy floral dress if there are storm-like conditions outside - it might make arriving and leaving the church a bit more difficult than it otherwise would.


And speaking of churches, if it is a religious wedding service, be sure to be respectful. Some churches and other religious places of worship may have a dress code that you will have to abide by while also adhering to the bride and groom's dress code. In this case, choose your attire wisely to avoid causing any unintended offence.


You don't want an outfit that is going to make you overheat when cutting a rug on the dance floor, nor do you want to wear a mini skirt to a beach wedding if it's going to be cold or breezy. You might even want to consider a subtle outfit change moving from the summer wedding ceremony to the after-party in order to feel more comfortable.


Summer wedding guest dresses or even floor-length gowns can look great at just about any form of wedding, but just make sure the materials are light too so that you avoid overheating. A maxi dress is perfect for this; they are loose and will allow the air to circulate while at the same time ensuring you not only look good but feel good too.

Find the perfect outfit for a summer wedding in the Lake District

While it can be difficult preplanning as a wedding guest for a summer wedding, we hope our look at the hottest fashions for 2022 has given you some inspiration for what to wear for any number of summer weddings.

Remember, as a summer wedding guest, it's important to adhere to the dress code, but after that, the decision of what to wear is yours. Ensure you are dressed for the weather (as much as possible) and always have a Plan B outfit up your sleeve if the forecast isn't looking as bright as you might have hoped.

The bottom line is, always make sure you feel fun and confidence in your outfit. There is absolutely no point in wearing something that you don't feel comfortable in. Summer weddings are a time for celebration and happiness, and your comfort is key in order to enjoy the fun and festivities.

If you’re attending a bespoke wedding in the Lake District this summer, then you’ll need to find the perfect place to stay! At The Daffodil Hotel & Spa we have several rooms and suites available which are perfect for any occasion. From short breaks in the Lake District to a romantic break, we’ve always got an option for you.

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