What to Wear to Any Type of Summer Wedding

what to wear to a summer wedding

Nate and I had the pleasure of visiting the newly remodeled David’s Bridal at Altamonte Springs and I have to say–it’s absolutely incredible. I mean, like this is the kind of thing I’m almost mad about because I didn’t get to have this experience when I was buying my bridal gown at David’s Bridal two years ago! If you live in the vicinity of Orlando (and honestly if you don’t, it’s worth the drive) and are in the market for any type of formal or semi-formal gown, give it a whirl, you won’t be disappointed. I had a blast trying on 10 different looks and put together a guide with different options to help you navigate all those summer weddings! 

I knew it was new the moment we were rolling up and I parked the car. The sign was so fresh and gorgeous and the display window was long and decorated in a way that made me think I was walking the streets of Manhattan. The second we walked in, three ladies immediately came to introduce themselves, and Lisa (who helped me the entire time) was truly a doll. To the left was an insanely well-lit showroom organized by designer and style. With mod gray and white decor, the place looked chic, updated, clean, and spacious. None of this “cramming it all in” BS you tend to see when you shop stores like this. Everything was so nicely organized and spaced out, I was honestly amazed.

To the right lived the special occasion dresses: everything from prom to mother of the bride and everything in between. The sheer organization of the place astounded Nate and I. It was like walking into a chic NYC designer bridal boutique.

One of the coolest parts about this new store was the dressing room area. Seriously, guys: they had mirrors with daylight bulbs to simulate what you might look like outside/in photos. I mean, what store does that?! The chairs for people accompanying you to try on were nicely lined up and divided so that the brides/guests could have privacy. The dressing room I was in was absolutely GIGANTIC. So much room for activities! Haha!

There’s even a separate room just for trying on shoes. They’re nicely organized and have their own mirrors for this room. The open floor plan also has separate rooms for jewelry/accessories and all sorts of super cute bridal gear: I’m talkin’ “bride” robes, pajamas, bachelorette party items, tanks to wear on your honeymoon and tons else. The selection is out of control. Not gunna lie, I’m probably going back to get the “wifey” pajamas–they’re adorable!

Other than how accommodating the staff was, I think the thing that impressed me most about this new store was the layout and organization of everything. It didn’t feel like a department store with rows and rows of dresses you had to sort through like you were clearance shopping. Each style had its own section and time in the sun. Everything was so easy to find and out in the open.

Now for the most fun part–trying on the awesome dresses! Summertime means wedding prime time in most circles and so I thought it only fitting (ha) to investigate all that David’s Bridal had to offer in terms of what to wear to a summer wedding! With all the amazing organization in store, it was extremely easy to pick through what I just had to try on! I even grabbed two different pairs of hot heels to switch out when trying on the different dresses.

Their selection definitely DID NOT disappoint! From feeling like a mermaid in the mint one below to just having to twirl in the Carrie Bradshaw-esque tulle skirt two piece set–I was having a grand old time dancing around in front of those HUGE mirrors!

See below for my guides to what to wear to a summer wedding from formal to semi-formal and casual! Let me know which is your favorite!

what to wear to a summer wedding

Attending a formal wedding doesn’t mean you automatically have to wear a boring black floor length gown. I mean, sure, black is usually every woman’s go-to due to its ability to slim, but there are so many more options nowadays that fit & flatter AND have a little color and pizzazz! One of the trend this summer that I noticed was the nude/crystal-embellished top and colorful bottom. Very flattering for any skin tone! When I tried on this pale blue number, Lisa (my helper) told me it’s got that “Cinderella” vibe and I have to agree–I loved it for that reason! I felt like a real life princess! I especially liked the high-low action going on that allowed my shoes to take center stage. I have to say, however, that my favorite was the pink skirted one because it’s just so glamorous! The silky tie in the back cinches the waist and the lace on top was so breathable.

what to wear to a summer wedding

Like Lisa told me, I noticed that one of the more prevalent trends this season in dresses was the two piece set. A huge fan of the crop top, this trend is definitely my jam! The pink top with colorful jewels around the color was a super fun way to dress up its black tulle counterpart. It was definitely a “twirler”! The black and gray floral-skirted dress is actually a two piece set as well! With just a peak of belly showing (really only when you lift your arms), it’s really flattering. I loved this one! The nude strapless dress was a classic and super comfortable. I could see this breezy piece being a go-to for any body type (with the right support). My favorite in this bunch would have to be the LBD. Its curve-hugging silhouette made me look super muscular so I was a fan! The little sheer cut-outs were a cool illusion to cinch the waist.

what to wear to a summer wedding

These last two could definitely work for a semi-formal wedding as well but I felt that they had just enough of a casual vibe to plop them in the “casual summer wedding” category. Because, let’s get real: you’d rather be overdressed than under-dressed; am I right? The little lacy number is super cute and modern with its sheer top half and cap sleeves with the other flatters a pear shape with its fit and flare style (with just the right amount of a pop of color!).

If you’re in the area, go check out the new look of the Altamonte Springs David’s Bridal! It’s the only one in the area and it’s amazing!

Here’s the address:

Altamonte Mall

451 E Altamonte Dr #1473

Altamonte Springs, FL 32701

Which is your favorite dress?


**Disclosure: Compensation was provided from David’s Bridal in exchange for this post with honest reviews that are 100% reflective of Pop of Style’s viewpoints.

29 Comments on What to Wear to Any Type of Summer Wedding

  1. allison
    July 7, 2017 at 9:15 am (2 years ago)

    Wow this place is amazing! I will definitely be stopping by there in the future!

    • Missy Damon
      July 7, 2017 at 10:38 am (2 years ago)

      This place is so gorgeous!! 🙂

  2. Ashley Zeal
    July 7, 2017 at 9:45 am (2 years ago)

    What a gorgeous store!

    • Missy Damon
      July 7, 2017 at 10:39 am (2 years ago)

      It so is, isn’t it?! Thanks for poppin by!

  3. Annie
    July 7, 2017 at 10:07 am (2 years ago)

    This store looks beautiful! I love all these options!

    • Missy Damon
      July 7, 2017 at 10:40 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks lady! 🙂

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    July 7, 2017 at 10:59 am (2 years ago)

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  5. Annaliese
    July 7, 2017 at 11:26 am (2 years ago)

    I love all of these wedding looks oh my gosh! And what a nice David’s. I had to go to one for a bridesmaid’s dress a few months ago and it was NOT this nice lol.

    xoxo A

    • Missy Damon
      July 7, 2017 at 11:52 am (2 years ago)

      haha! I know I feel the same way! This one was unbelievably beautiful though!

  6. Anna English
    July 7, 2017 at 4:13 pm (2 years ago)

    Love the selections you found!

  7. Steph
    July 7, 2017 at 5:33 pm (2 years ago)

    This looks like so much fun! There are so many different wedding styles so knowing what to wear is important.

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  8. Adaleta
    July 8, 2017 at 3:07 pm (2 years ago)

    This is awesome!! I love seeing what people wear to weddings!

    • Missy Damon
      July 8, 2017 at 3:16 pm (2 years ago)

      thanks lady!

  9. Sydney
    July 9, 2017 at 12:51 am (2 years ago)

    I had a lot of summer weddings a few years ago, I loved having all my dresses!!

  10. Star Lengas
    July 9, 2017 at 9:16 am (2 years ago)

    This was so timely as I have a friend’s wedding in a few weeks! I loved all the dresses you wore but my favorites are the two-piece sets. Def have to give DB a visit ^^

  11. Anastasia
    July 9, 2017 at 11:15 am (2 years ago)

    Such a fun experience!! Loved the looks you picked!

  12. Lindsay
    July 9, 2017 at 11:18 am (2 years ago)

    The store looks beautiful!! We recently got a new davids bridal where I live and I fell in love as well. Great dresses!

  13. Anna Baun
    July 9, 2017 at 4:28 pm (2 years ago)

    I love all of these choices! Their selection is amazing and perfect for a Summer wedding! XO

    Anna || A Lily Love Affair

  14. Sarah K Tripp
    July 9, 2017 at 6:27 pm (2 years ago)

    David’s Bridal is such a great one stop shop!

  15. Alex
    July 9, 2017 at 9:37 pm (2 years ago)

    I’ve never thought of getting an outfit from David’s Bridal as a wedding guest, but that’s a great idea!

  16. adriana
    July 9, 2017 at 9:59 pm (2 years ago)

    Your David’s Bridal store is SO stunning! These picks are so great for a summer wedding!

  17. Stephanie
    July 10, 2017 at 12:05 am (2 years ago)

    Can I have someone install those magical lights in MY room?? That sounds incredible! What a gorgeous store!

  18. Kelly
    July 10, 2017 at 10:13 am (2 years ago)

    What a beautiful store, they’ve definitely stepped up their aesthetic! I love the hardwood floors!

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