Beautiful Summer Bridal Inspiration

If you’ll be marrying in late summer and haven’t found the perfect dress yet, you’re lucky enough to be tying the knot abroad or you’re planning ahead for a sunny wedding occasion next year, finding a bridal gown suitable for summer can be quite demanding.

Firstly, being stuck in a stiff wedding gown for hours may not be the most practical option in the summer heat, when you’re likely to work up a sweat. Secondly, with the beautiful blue skies and guests available to take time off, summer weddings are an extremely popular thing. This means that you’re up against the competition when it comes to dazzling guests with a wow-factor dress.

However, the summertime gives brides the great opportunity to wear bright colours, diverse fabrics and hold bold floral bouquets. If you’re looking to shine by reflecting the summer mood for your wedding, here are some tips on choosing the perfect summer bridal outfit:

Go for a lighter fabric

The most summer-appropriate wedding gowns will be made of lighter fabric, helping you stay cool on the big day. There are many breathable fabrics like chiffon, crepe and voile over silk, that will help you avoid any embarrassing sweat stains and still keep you looking stylish.

Find a flowing style

Although tightly-fitting, corset dresses are very flattering on the figure, if you’ll be marrying in humid, hot conditions, choosing a flowing and softer style may be more comfortable and keep you looking immaculate. Delicate, vintage style floaty gowns work wonderfully for a summer themed wedding and make for an elegant bridal look. If however you’d prefer to go for a more structured dress, strapless ones with a low sweetheart bodice may keep you cooler.

Dare to bare

With the unlikeliness of the cold and rain in a summer wedding occasion, brides have more freedom to show skin. Create interest with a backless number, illusion and sheer panelling or a leg enhancing slit in the skirt. Many dresses now feature pretty lace embroidery over sheer fabrics if you’re less comfortable revealing so much skin.

Stand out with a fresh colour palette

Stick to light and bright summer colours instead of darker and jewel tone shades. You can help your white wedding gown stand out with a flash of bold summer yellow, blue or coral in your accessories or bouquet. Or for something different, a neutral or pastel coloured gown would look striking on a bright and sunny day, creating a fun spin on the standard bridal look.

Choosing your summer bridal accessories

It’s not just the dress that needs to be carefully chosen with summer in mind, the wrong accessories can get you hot and bothered too.

Make sure to choose comfortable shoes that have a thicker heel or ones that won’t sink into summer grass. On this note we’d also advise against a long train which could become stained green as you walk outside.
With the humidity sleek, laid-back ponytails or buns work well for hotter weather. A flowery crown is a perfect summer accompaniment to your wedding look, however wear fake ones if possible as real ones may dry out in the heat and wilt.

If you’d like any more advice on creating your summer wedding look or to see our collections of designer wedding dresses to try, please call our helpful assistants on on 01384 893656 or visit one of our bridal boutiques in Stourbridge or Kingswinford.