Summer is definitely the busiest time of year for weddings and with good reason. The days are long and warm and everything looks its best. The same can be said for wedding gowns too and beautiful summer wedding dresses really do give you that delightful bridal look. Today, we’re finding out about the best wedding dresses for summer with Laura Shepherd of The Bridal Edit.
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Perfect summer wedding dresses
So, what makes the perfect wedding dress for summer? Well, for that super romantic seasonal look, Laura suggests selecting a gown that really captures the summertime vibe:
“Whatever style of wedding you’re planning, if you’re a summer bride try to go for a gown that’s lightweight with great movement. This will mean that your dress gives you a great silhouette and has a really beautiful shape, even on the hottest summer’s day.”
“Whilst we’re speaking of soaring summer temperatures, it might also be worth considering a more luxurious fabric, such as silk, to help keep you cool.”
“Also, think about your skin tone – if you’re a gorgeous redhead or a quintessential English rose with fair skin, you might want to opt for a gown with full lace or short cap sleeves to protect yourself from the sun’s rays. It’s also worth remembering that white or palest ivory gowns look ultra bright in the sun which might affect your look.”
Summer wedding dress ideas
The latest bridal collections are absolutely full of wedding dresses that are just perfect for summer brides. Here’s Laura again to guide us through the hottest looks for summer:
“Soft and floaty is still the trending look for English summer brides. If you’d like to take a risk or two or add your own twist to your bridal ensemble, how about going for a gown with a jacket or overlay that can be removed or added as the weather dictates?”
“If you’re planning a rustic affair, I’d recommend you take a look at Artemisia by Otaduy. This lace dress has soft pleats that give a great movement to the skirt. Davina by Sassi Holford is a great summery choice for a classically elegant bride. It’s a timeless ballgown dress with spaghetti straps and a chic split.”
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“Country brides need look no further than Mia by Anna Campbell. I love the delicate ivory lace shoulder detail on this gown and it’s just so easy to wear. For the modern bride, I’d recommend Carenne by Charlie Brear. Silk chiffon and an empire line shape mean that this dress is perfect for accessories and additions.”
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Image Courtesy of Charlie Brear
And for that truly iconic summer look?
“I don’t even have to think twice about this one – Clementine by Naomi Neoh truly represents an English bride with a modern twist. I adore the touch of colour in this dress and those pale blush pink layers are finished with a champagne sash and an ivory silk rose. Heaven!”
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Tips for a perfect summer look
- Remember the sun – consider sleeves or a cover-up if you’re prone to burning.
- Keep yourself cool – lighter layers, a loose skirt and an unstructured bodice will help beat the heat.
- Day to night – change up your look in the evening and get party ready by adding statement jewellery.
- Protect yourself – remember to use non-marking sunscreen and deodorant on the day to avoid staining your dress.
- Contingency plans – the weather is never predictable so have a wrap or umbrella to hand in case the clouds appear.
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