32 of the Best Summer Wedding Dresses for 2023
Author: Hollie Bond
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Short, sheer, strapless, silk... the wedding dress world is your oyster when it comes to summer weddings. Here are 32 of the best for summer 2023.
There’s a reason summer is the most popular season for weddings in the UK. We all love a bit of sun, warmer temperatures and longer days. The chance to spill out into the venue’s garden for drinks with all the beautiful flowers and green foliage as a backdrop to the big day photos is tempting for many engaged couples too.
With our ever changing weather though, it can be tricky to choose summer wedding dresses with confidence. You might sensibly choose a silky slip dress for July only for it to be uncharacteristically cool and wet on the day you say “I do”. The key to getting your summer wedding look just right is to consider all eventualities.
When you go wedding dress shopping speak to the bridal boutique and ask which dresses they suggest for summer and ways in which they can make them work come rain or shine. They might suggest a pretty bolero that you can remove if it gets warm or perhaps a lace overlay for the church if you want to cover up that can then reveal a bandeau bodice for the evening.
One thing that you can be sure of is that the temperature will higher than the rest of the year, so this opens up your choice of wedding dresses a huge amount. Sometimes though too much choice can be overwhelming and makes it even more difficult to choose the one. To help you on your quest to finding the perfect summer wedding dress, we’ve rounded up 32 of the most stunning gowns for 2023, with something for every type of bride and every budget.
What is a summer wedding dress?
There’s no such thing as a summer wedding dress per se. You can technically wear any dress you like at any point of the year. However, chances are the temperature will be warm (and even potentially very hot) and so dresses that are lighter, have less layers and don’t have sleeves are usually an excellent choice. Certain fabrics lend themselves best to the summer season too, such as linen, silk, chiffon, cotton, crepe, Georgette, organza and lighter weave lace. When you’re trying on dresses, imagine how you’d feel in them if it was 30 degrees celsius and burning sunshine. If you suddenly feel very hot and constrained in the dress, then you can be sure it’s not the ideal wedding gown for your summer wedding.
On the flip side, if you’re worried about it being uncharacteristically cold or wet on your summer wedding day, then you can always ask your bridal boutique if they have jackets or removable sleeve options that you can add and then take off if it gets hot. There’s something for every style of wedding celebration too, whether you’re getting married in the city, countryside or even planning a beach wedding.
In warmer temperatures you don’t need to cover up as much and dresses can have lovely details on show like this exquisite beaded shoestring triangular back design. When paired with the boho French tulle skirt, it’s a recipe for summer style perfection.
This Justin Alexander is a floral and flirty style for summer and would work brilliantly at a number of weddings from beach celebrations to city affairs. You’ll turn heads in the figure-hugging silhouette and the strappy neckline means you’ll keep your cool, whatever the temperature.
If you’re a less is more bride then this summer slip dress will be right up your street. Made from silk crepe with a dramatic low back and delicate spaghetti strap detailing we think this would be ideal for an overseas big day.
Love lace sleeves but don’t want to melt on your summer wedding day. This dress from Ellis Bridals is the perfect compromise with its chic illusion sleeves with stunning shoulder details and wow-factor buttons down the barely there back.
If you love a high neckline on a dress but are getting married in summer, consider having a shorter skirt to give it a nod to the season. This bridal mini dress is made from lightweight georgette and has just the right amount of bling to give it the bridal edge.
A silk slip dress is a wonderfully elegant choice for a summer wedding. This one from Jenny Packham with its statement cowl detail back would look brilliant up a black tie city wedding.
Show a bit of leg at your summer wedding in this stunner of a maxi dress. The halter neck combined with a backless design and leg slit is just the right level of sexy for a modern bride.
This dress is part of Sanyukta Shrestha’s vegan range of wedding dresses, so it’s an excellent choice for any bride hoping to hold a sustainable and eco-conscious wedding day. The sweetheart neckline is a romantic look while the skirt is worthy of any princess bride.
Just because you’re marrying at the warmest time of year doesn’t mean you can’t have a full and luxurious ballgown skirt on your wedding dress. Just be sure to avoid thick fabrics on the bodice too or long sleeves. This Vera Wang stunner is a savvy choice with its sleeveless bandeau top.
All eyes with be on your as you take to the aisle in this summer wedding gown that is just made for a beach wedding or somewhere where hot weather is guaranteed. The fashionable two piece design features a full sleeve top with elasticated cuff and a flattering square neckline. We love the lace skirt that will swirl in the tropical breeze as you say “I do”.
This gorgeous gown will make a real statement when you’re walking down the aisle. It’s a super flattering silhouette too with its pretty sweetheart neckline, chic crop top and deep pockets in the full skirt that will make posing for photos a delight.
Parisian designer Rime Arodaky has pulled out all the stops with this incredible summer wedding dress. Everything from the v neckline and illusion sleeves to the flirty thigh slit and sequin encrusted bodice says stylish and fashion forward bride.
New York designer Berta are famous for their high end designer dresses and this one from the Como collection is all about making a statement and looking out of this world on your big day.
The beauty of this summer wedding dress from British designer Charlie Brear is that it’s so versatile. You could wear it just as it is (a deep V strapless dress with column skirt in stretch crepe) or add cute puff ball sleeves, a lace sleeve overlay or a sheer panel across the neckline. The world is your oyster.
What could be more apt for summer than a wedding dress covered in bold florals? This dress is called shangri-la and we agree, it’s heaven in a wedding dress. The illusion neckline, Guipure lace fitted waist and graceful skirt all combine to make it an elegant style that shows off the floral embroidery to its best. Keep the accessories minimal and let this gorgeous gown do the talking.
Sassi Holford brings a regal vibe to all her dresses and this one wouldn’t look out of place on a modern day princess. As you’ll be a VIP on your wedding day this summer dress couldn’t be more suitable. The scoop neckline, blush tulle and interesting under arm cut away detail complete the A-lister worthy style and will make your look memorable for all the right reasons.
With its flattering neckline, figure-skimming mermaid silhouette and fabulous half skirt, this dress was made for brides who want to look elegant at their glamorous summer wedding. The skirt design is ingenious as it allows you to look every inch the princess bride while you’re wearing it, but it won’t make you hot in summer and it allows you to show off your physique.
This dress is all about grace and elegance. The off the shoulder neckline is so flattering, as is the simple but sumptuous satin fabric. the ruched bodice and the pretty buttons down the back. The perfect choice for sunny nuptials.
Is it a suit, is it a dress, is she a Hollywood star? Keep your guests guessing with this stylish mermaid dress, that would look just as stunning on the red carpet as it would at a city celebration in the UK. It might have long sleeves, but it’s a lovely option for a summer wedding with a thigh slit to keep you cool, deep v neck and sultry liquid crepe fabric.
Keep things short and sweet with this glam ivory wedding dress from ASOS. With such a budget friendly price tag you can afford to splash out on some incredible heels to go with it. The stunning sequins from top to bottom with glitter like stars in the summer sunshine as you grace the aisle.
This high street dress looks a lot more expensive than its £499 price tag. It’s a smart choice if you want a cami style top but don’t like the tops of your arms as these will elegantly be covered by the Bardot-style sleeves.
A fabulous flower print and two-piece wedding dress – this might be the coolest look for the modern bride for summer 2022. This is definitely one for the maximalists out there with its puff sleeves and full skirt, but one thing’s for certain, you’ll certainly look every inch the romantic bridal beauty as you walk towards your husband or wife to be.
It can be hard to find the perfect summer wedding gown if you’re a vintage-loving bride as a lot of the more traditional styles have long sleeves or are made from thicker fabrics. Ghost’s Claudia dress though combines all the elements of old-school style with short sleeves and a summer wedding perfect light skirt and bodice. We love the 1930s vibe and the stunning draped cowl back.
Boho brides will adore this fabulous gown from Russell Blackburn at Blackburn Bridal in London’s Blackheath. The fringing and high neckline makes this the perfect choice for a modern bride who is planning an overseas wedding or a festival style big day here in the UK.
Wedding gowns don’t get much more traditional than this ballgown beauty. Look closely though and you’ll see plenty of details that will make sure you stand out as a one of a kind bride. The lacework is intricate with multiple mixed florals, there are delicate sequins hidden all over the dress and both the back and front feature a flattering open v neck design.
There’s so much to love about this summer wedding dress, from the elegant bateau neckline and cap sleeves to the minimalist sheath silhouette and open back. It’s the heavenly bow at the Botton of a run of romantic buttons that really steals our hearts though.
How amazing is the skirt on this wedding dress? It’s perfect for brides who want a flare dress with a huge skirt but without felling like they’re going to overheat in summer, as it features a figure-hugging slimline skirt with a statement design overlay. We’re also head over heels in love with the embroidered rounded neckline and dainty cap sleeves.
You’ll look like you’ve just skipped out of a summer meadow straight into your wedding ceremony if you choose this elegant boho dress. The floral appliqué lace is all over the dress so there can be no doubt that this is ideal for the season and the style of the sleeves and body add a seriously romantic vibe to the whole look.
Florals don’t have to look romantic and traditional. This statement summer wedding dress is as modern as they come with a striking paint splash look and a wow factor one sleeve neckline. A couture look for a bride who loves high end design and to stand out from the crowd.
There’s no rule to say you can’t wear a short dress at a winter wedding, but it makes a lot of sense to show off your pins in summer when you won’t be shivering! This chic little number would be ideal for summer nuptials as it allows you to indulge in a full lace sleeve and standout skirt without worrying you’ll overheat on the dance floor.