How to Dress for a Summer Garden Party Wedding

September 29, 2023

Celebrating love never goes out of style. As we’d like to say - all weddings are beautiful in their unique way. But there’s something truly special about a garden party wedding: the relaxed atmosphere, the lavish green surroundings, and the mesmerizing scent of the colourful flowers. When invited to such an enchanting celebration of love and unity, one question always pops into every guest’s mind - What to wear? 

Finding the perfect attire can be both exciting and challenging. Whether you're the couple saying “I Do” or a wedding guest, dressing appropriately for a summer garden party wedding requires a blend of style, comfort, and elegance. In this blog post, we'll explore various ideas and suggestions for dressing for a summer garden party wedding to ensure you look and feel your best.

Effortless Elegance for the Bride

There is always much anticipation to see the bride for the first time, wondering what she will wear and how stunning she will look. It’s one of the best moments of the day. And while many may think that a garden wedding requires something simple, we believe it deserves a gown that is as breathtaking as the surroundings and the woman wearing it. 

We believe it’s essential to follow your heart and wear what makes you feel beautiful and confident. There are many details to consider, from silhouette to fabrics and even the embellishments you select. 

Here are a few ideas of what to wear to a garden party wedding as the bride.

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Choosing the Perfect Silhouette

A garden party wedding calls for a dress that captures the dreamy essence of the occasion. Flowing A-line garden party wedding dresses will gracefully complement the natural surroundings and make you look like a goddess. Opt for light, airy fabrics like chiffon, soft satin or organza, creating a mesmerizing effect as you walk down the aisle. 

The lightweight fabrics and full skirts allow plenty of movement when you walk or with gentle breezes adding to the fairytale atmosphere (and they look incredible in photos).

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Embrace Floral Embellishments

A simple, sophisticated wedding dress with minimal details is always a classic for outdoor weddings. But if you like something with a little more pizzazz, wedding gowns with lace or floral details work beautifully for a summer garden wedding party. 

You can never go wrong with lace on a wedding dress, and there are many types of laces to choose from. Simple and dainty lace patterns to more unique and embroidered designs create a magical gown that fits perfectly in garden weddings. 

Three-dimensional flowers are another way to elevate your wedding gown style and connect it to the earthy surroundings. These floral accents can be placed all over the gown's bodice, only on the skirt, delicately on sleeves or simply add them to your veil. There are many ways to incorporate three-dimensional flowers in a garden wedding dress. 

But our absolute favourite, and possibly the perfect garden party wedding dresses, are those with delicate floral fabric that evoke the beauty of the garden's blooms. There is something so fairytale-like about an all-over floral wedding dress. It’s demure, romantic and oh-so-pretty - perfect for garden party wedding attire.

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Colours that Radiate Love: Selecting the Ideal Palette

When choosing a garden as your wedding venue, there are plenty of options and things you should keep in mind. The garden's natural beauty always exudes lavishness, making it an excellent backdrop for a bride dressed in a palette that radiates love and romance

Pastel shades, such as blush pink, mint green, and baby blue, effortlessly blend with the setting's aesthetics. Soft hues enhance the fairytale-like atmosphere, creating a sense of serenity and love. If you are more of a traditional kind of gal and opt for a  traditional look, the evergreen elegance of an ivory gown will harmonize beautifully with the garden's ambiance.

Captivating Ensembles for Female Guests

Embrace Floral Prints

Floral print wedding guest dresses are an excellent way to elevate your style and complement the garden wedding's theme. Go for dresses with bold floral patterns that reflect nature's vibrancy and summer's warmth. 

Light, flowy fabrics like chiffon or georgette will keep you cool and comfortable throughout the evening. Floral dresses in pastel shades evoke romanticism, while bolder, more saturated prints add a dash of excitement. Pair your outfit with wedges or strappy sandals for an elegant and practical finish.

Maxi Dresses

Maxi dresses strike the perfect balance between elegance and comfort, making them ideal for a garden party wedding. These floor-length dresses give a touch of formality while keeping you cozy and cool amidst the summer's steamy temperatures. 

Maxi dresses with flowy silhouettes and breathable fabrics like cotton or silk are a great choice. Wrap-style dresses or those with empire waists are incredibly flattering and easy to wear. Accessorize with tasteful jewelry and a stylish clutch to complete your captivating ensemble.

Don’t Forget To Accessorize

Pay attention to the final touches to elevate your garden party wedding look. Accessorizing with finesse can make all the difference in creating a polished and put-together appearance. A wide-brimmed hat adds a touch of elegance and protects you from the sun. Consider layering with a lightweight scarf or shawl if the evening breeze brings a slight chill. Jewelry pieces such as dainty necklaces, stacked bracelets, and statement earrings add a personal touch to your outfit.

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Dapper Attire For The Guys

Embrace Lightweight Fabrics

If you’re a male guest attending a garden party wedding, we know you want to strike the perfect balance between elegance and comfort. What if we say that you can do it without compromising style? Yup, you read right. 

Embrace the laid-back vibe by opting for lightweight fabrics like linen or seersucker for your suit. These materials are breathable and perfect for warm summer days. Neutral or pastel-coloured suits harmonize well with the garden setting. Pair your ensemble with a crisp, light-coloured dress shirt and complement it with a stylish pocket square to add a dash of personality.

Ties Optional

Being a  garden party wedding guest means that you can skip the formalities. At least in the way you dress. Feel free to skip the tie. Yes, you can skip it and still maintain a polished appearance. 

Go for a more relaxed yet refined look by leaving your tie at home and unbuttoning the top button of your dress shirt. This sophisticated yet effortless style goes perfectly with the garden's laid-back ambiance. If you opt for a tie, consider a floral or paisley pattern that complements the occasion's theme.

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Incorporating Personality: Socks and Pocket Squares

Let your personality shine through your accessories. Incorporate a pop of colour or a playful pattern with your socks and pocket square. Bold and vibrant choices can add a touch of personality to your overall look.

If you prefer a more classic approach, opt for subtle patterns or colour coordination with the rest of your outfit. Loafers or dressy shoes are excellent footwear for completing your dapper garden party attire.

Dressing for a summer garden party wedding is an exciting opportunity to showcase your style while embracing the enchanting ambiance of nature. It’s a balance of choosing an outfit that will be comfortable, practical and at a level that matches the theme of the wedding. Remember, just because it’s a garden wedding doesn’t mean it’s simple or casual; many couples plan elaborate garden party formal weddings. Always check the invitation for any dress code requirements. 

With these outfit ideas and tips in mind, you'll be ready to make lasting memories and bask in the enchantment of a summer garden party wedding.

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