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Guest Attire for a Summer Wedding in LA: Semi-Formal to Formal

What to Wear to a Summer Wedding in LA?

Summers in Los Angeles feature cool mornings, hot and sunny days, then cool again (sometimes chilly) evenings. So as a wedding guest, you’ll need to keep those temp variations in mind when choosing the perfect dress for the time of day and the wedding venue. Will the ceremony and/or reception be by the beach or in a garden? Will it be a formal, black-tie affair held indoors or outdoors? For all these possibilities, we’ve done some fashion surveying for you – and are loving our finds. You will, too! (*this post contains affiliate links)

Semi-formal Dresses for a Beach Wedding

Being outdoors in a sunny seaside locale calls for dresses in light fabrics and comfy silhouettes. As well as some flattering shoulder, arm, and leg baring.

Semi-formal Dresses for a Beach Wedding in LA

Our editor’s picks

A floral halterneck top from Zara (1) worn with a matching floral print sarong – both in pastel hues with ruffly edging for a flirty finish.

An Adrianna Papell embellished illusion dress (2) (*affiliate link from Bloomingdale’s) for a luxe look in blue heather silver with a boat neckline, cap sleeves, sheer yoke, and a bead- and sequin-embellished mesh overlay.

A Vince Camuto smocked off-the-shoulder midi dress (3) (*affiliate link from Macy’s) in cool blue, perfect for matching with shell, wood or seaglass accessories.

And the delicate Faye Dress (4) (*affiliate link from BHLDN) in soft ivory tulle, with allover sequined and embroidered embellishment.

Semi-formal Dresses for a Garden Wedding

Another popular summer wedding location is, of course, a garden. For your attire, you can choose whether to bloom amidst the floral surroundings or to stand out in a solid hue.

Semi-formal Dresses for a Garden Wedding in Los Angeles

Our editor’s picks

A balmy choice for an outdoor venue, the Nessah ruffle detail midi dress (1) by Ted Baker, with a Palace Gardens floral print and frilly ruffles at the neck and armholes.

The Likely Packard one-shoulder dress (2) (*affiliate link from Bloomingdale’s) with a figure-hugging silhouette, asymmetric neck, one-shoulder notched cap sleeve, and a side slit – a stunner in solid scarlet.

All abloom in pastel pink and yellow in this I.N.C. ruffled lace-trim maxi dress (3) (*affiliate link from Macy’s) with a full ruffled skirt edged with floral lace trim.

A color surprise in deep navy is this tea-length, mid-century inspired Jodi Dress (4) (*affiliate link from BHLDN) that hides an eyelash-trimmed sweetheart bodice underneath its removable cap-sleeved topper.

Formal Dresses for an Indoor Black-tie Wedding

Formal weddings are generally evening affairs. So, glamorous gowns in classic designs and luxurious fabrics would be just the thing for indoor nuptials.

Formal Dresses for an Indoor Black-tie Wedding

Our editor’s picks

The Avery G one-shoulder satin ballgown (1) (*affiliate link from Bloomingdale’s) with an asymmetric one-shoulder neckline adorned with an oversize ruffle detail on the left shoulder, leading to a full pleated skirt with a contemporary high/low hem.

Comfort and versatility in the Ginger convertible maxi dress (2) (*affiliate link from BHLDN) in flowy jersey fabric featuring a lovely rosewater shade (among several color choices) – and an amazing 15 different ways to wear!

Classic elegance in this Marchesa Notte metallic fil coupé off-the-shoulder gown (3) (via Lord & Taylor) in shimmery silver with floral embroidery and a full gathered skirt.

Even more glitz and glitter in this Look 8 gown (4) from Jenny Packham’s Spring-Summer 2018 Campaign with a beaded sleeveless bodice and a unique waistline gather.


Formal Dresses for an Outdoor Black-tie Wedding

Will the black-tie nuptials take advantage of the summer weather outdoors? You can still opt for a long gown, but with a more free-spirited cut and color.

Formal Dresses for an Outdoor Black-tie Wedding

Our editor’s picks

A real head-turner, the Madison Dress by Katie May (1) (*affiliate link from BHLDN) features a sleek, contour-hugging shape in a variety of color choices (dusty rose shown here), cap sleeves, and an interesting gathered back band.

From the Carolina Herrera New York Resort 2018 collection, the Look 15 strapless gown (2) showcasing a 3-tiered bodice ruffle and waist pleats creating a tulip-shaped skirt – all in a green-on-blue floral print.

A daring option, Look 31 (3) from the Ellie Saab Resort 2018 collection is actually a flowing pantsuit in striking cobalt blue, with fluttery ruffles and revealing lace inserts.


Formal yet certainly summery, this Strapless Hydrangea-Print Trumpet Gown (4) by Monique Lhuillier (via Bergdorf Goodman) has a flattering silhouette that ends in a layered back train.


Got you covered for a summer wedding in LA! See these posts, too, for even more wedding guest attire ideas.

14 Beach Wedding Guest Outfits from Florals to Boho Styles

Fall Wedding Guest Outfits: Favorites to Get the Look

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