Summer Wedding Dresses

By Julie

What could be better than a fun summer wedding?! Whether at the beach, in the country or city, dressing for a hot weather wedding is a little less serious than perhaps the safe standby of a solid sheath and pumps we may don the rest of the year for a friend’s nuptials.

Halston Heritage Cactus Green Sleeveless Pleated Silk Dress $395

But there are some tricky aspects to hitting the right note for the ceremony and reception in hot weather. The most challenged demographic for the summer wedding is most certainly the mother of the bride. She needs to be covered, comfortable, and elegant. Sounds easy but unless you have a dress or suit made bespoke, most women are completely flummoxed by what is offered on the market: sleeveless, short and bare. And where you do find the perfect suit or modest-yet-chic dress, the material is usually silk with a lining: hot, hot, hot. I’ve had many of my clients tell me, after listing their stringent, non-negotiable requirements for their “look” that special day: “and I don’t want to look like the mother of the bride!”

I don’t have answers for the summer MOB today, but I’m on it. When I find or design the perfect dress for her for those June-August weddings, I’ll send that global blast to all of you announcing the discovery.

Now to dress the rest of us who will stand witness to the vows: I have several fun suggestions that we carry at Julia Farr that work for a summer afternoon or evening tying-of-the-knot. Best bet for the sleeveless cocktail dress in a house of worship is a linen wrap that you wear at the ceremony and leave on the chair at the reception.

Love Quotes Linen Scarf $80-$95

Daytime Wedding Dresses:

Milly Justine Dress in Ivory, Blue and Green Cotton $375

Jane Oh Navy Blue Silk Suit

Jacket $380

Skirt $270

Tibi Painted Blossom Silk Shift Dress $360

Rachel Roy China Blue Rouched Dress in light summer wool $495

Day to Evening…

Halston Silk Print Tunic in Galaxy $395

Jane Oh Navy Blue Silk Origami Dress $495


Alice + Olivia Connely Silk Tank Dress $330

Halston Open Shouldered Purple Silk Dress with Coral Print $395

Tibi Farrah Dress in Petal Silk with Beading $385

Halston Silk Asymmetrical Pier Dress in Galaxy $495

And so not to leave anyone out, I have THE BEST DRESS for that bride who has walked the aisle perhaps once before, who will be standing on the beach at sunset or in a field of dandelions in the afternoon.

Or By Angela Chen Emmaline Dress in Sand Linen $740

There is always just the right thing to wear to all celebrations of love and commitment – finding it is the key.

All dresses available at Julia Farr. Email us at or call at 202-364-3277. To thank you for reading our posts a few times a week, we are pleased to offer all these designs at a 15% discount through the end of June 2011.


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