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25 Dresses to Wear to Your Friend's Summer Wedding

Glamorous gowns to don as a guest at this season's celebrations of love.

The fun part about being a guest at a wedding – as opposed to being part of the bridal party – is you get to choose your own gown!

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Whether you're a bride planning your own big day or a bridesmaid helping a friend put together the details of her celebration, love is in the air. It's officially "wedding season," which means you probably have quite a few events to attend in the next few months. The fun part about being a guest at a wedding – as opposed to being part of the bridal party – is you get to choose your own gown!  

We've compiled 25 gorgeous dresses to wear to your friends' nuptials in the coming months – whether they're saying "I do" in a tropical destination such as Hawaii, exchanging vows in a formal ballroom at a luxury hotel wedding, or hosting a weekend-long celebration at a winery. You'll find both long and short options in an array of spring- and summer-approved colors and patterns.

Take a look, and click the links below each photo to shop your favorite gowns!


Floral-Tiered Midi Dress by Self Portrait
Floral-tiered midi dress, $510 by Self Portrait; saksfifthavenue.com
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"Rose Dream" Corset Dress by Needle & Thread
"Rose Dream" strapless corset ankle gown in Champagne/Blue Multi, $859 by Needle & Thread; shopbop.com
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Reception Dress for Guests
"Reception Dress" in Iris, $170 by Elliatt; revolve.com 
Shop Now on Revolve

"Ivy" by Sachin & Babi from BHLDN
"Ivy" dress, $248 by Sachin & Babi; bhldn.com
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Strapless High-Low Gown by Marchesa Notte
"Strapless embroidered high-low gown" in Raspberry, $1,095 by Marchesa Notte; neimanmarcus.com
Shop Now from Marchesa Notte

"Luna" Gown by NBD from Revolve
"Luna" gown in Baby Blue, $238 by NBD; revolve.com 
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"Nikita" in Mademoiselle by Reformation
"Nikita" dress in Mademoiselle, $248 by 
Reformationthereformation.com
Shop Now on Reformation

"Indy" Gown by Mac Duggal
"Indy" chiffon dress in Pink Multi, $598 by Mac Duggal; bhldn.com
Shop Now on BHLDN


"Eartha" Dress by ASTR the Label
"Eartha" floral maxi dress in Taupe-Pink Floral, from $168 by ASTR The Label; astrthelabel.com
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"Ingrid" Dress in Praline by Reformation
"Ingrid" dress in Praline, $348 by Reformation; thereformation.com
Shop Now on Reformation

"Gaia" Floral Midi Dress by ASTR The Label
"Gaia" floral midi dress in Mustard Floral, from $98 by ASTR The Labelastrthelabel.com
Shop Now on ASTR the Label

Popover Cocktail Dress by Vince Camuto
"Popover" cocktail dress, $168 by Vince Camuto; nordstrom.com
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Embroidered Cocktail Dress by Mac Duggal
Embroidered fit-and-flare cocktail dress, $338 by Mac Duggal; nordstrom.com
Shop Now on Nordstrom

"Fleur" Midi Dress by Bec & Bridge
"Fleur" asymmetrical midi dress in Avocado, $260 by Bec & Bridge; revolve.com
Shop Now on Revolve

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Photo by Brett Hickman Photographers; Bridal Salon: Bridal Reflections; Planning & Design by Mindy Weiss Party Consultants; From Real Wedding: Luxe Wedding of Houston Astros Baseball Player George Springer III

"Lily" Midi Dress by V. Chapman
"Lily" midi dress in Cashmere Blue, $365 by V. Chapmanrevolve.com
Shop Now on Revolve

Reese ruffle dress in sage green show me your mumu wedding guest dress ideas
"Reese" ruffle dress in Moss Green Crisp, $198 by Show Me Your Mumushowmeyourmumu.com


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Satin Halter Dress by ML Monique Lhuillier

Satin halter pleated midi dress in Lemon, $545 by ML Monique Lhuillier; saksfifthavenue.com
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"Samba" Gown by Amanda Uprichard
"Samba" gown in Dark Green, $321 by Amanda Uprichard; revolve.com
Shop Now on Revolve

Floral Cape-Sleeve Dress by Mac Duggal

Floral cape-sleeve chiffon shift dress, $398 by Mac Duggal; nordstrom.com
Shop Now on Nordstrom

"Confidence Boost" Yellow Dress by Lulus
"Confidence Boost" off-the-shoulder cocktail midi dress in Mustard Yellow, $64 by Lulusnordstrom.com
Shop Now on Nordstrom

Floral Puff-Sleeve Midi Dress by Topshop
Floral puff-sleeve midi dress, $93 by Topshopnordstrom.com
Shop Now on Nordstrom

"Aria" Satin Maxi Dress by Significant Other
"Aria" gathered satin maxi dress in Nougat, $248 by Significant Other; saksfifthavenue.com
Shop Now on Saks Fifth Avenue

"La Lune" Dress by Shona Joy
"La Lune" bias cowl midi dress in Blue Smoke, $260 by Shona Joy; revolve.com
Shop Now on Revolve

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"Aimee" jumpsuit, $168 by Susana Monacoshopbop.com


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For more ideas, learn what not to do as a wedding guest, find out if it's okay to wear black to a wedding, discover the proper wedding etiquette for guests, and be sure to follow Inside Weddings on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest for more wedding tips and advice!

Opening photo by Facibeni Fotografia; From Real Wedding: Romantic Destination Wedding with Blush & Burgundy Hues in Tuscany