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When trying on wedding dresses, try to think about what the weather will be like for your big day, not what it’s doing outside right now. For summer or tropical weddings, you’ll want to consider what will keep you most comfortable in afternoon sunshine and evening humidity. Lucky for summertime brides, some of bridal wear’s biggest trends are perfect for warm weather ceremonies.

Cut Outs

This season’s wedding dresses feature lots of cut outs, ranging from conservative to trendy. A little extra skin will both add interest to your dress and keep you cool.

Ruffled Skirts

Clingy cuts are flattering but can be uncomfortable in warm weather. One wedding dress trend that gives brides room to move is a ruffled skirt. A ruffled skirt with a high-low hemline combines two trends that are sure to keep you cool during July and August celebrations.

Textured Lace

Create the illusion of full coverage without adding a full layer of fabric with a dress of textured lace. Lace sleeves, necklines and skirts are perfect for warmer weather.

Trimmed Veils

While floor-length veils are stunning, extra fabric can feel heavier than it really is on summer days. Instead, opt for a shoulder-length or birdcage veil that will add tradition without bulk.

Shortened Skirts

For contemporary brides, a knee-length or tea-length wedding dress may be perfect for a sweltering summer garden wedding. You won’t have to worry about bustling your dress or having it get in the way on the dance floor either.

Colored Dresses

Add to the laidback atmosphere of your warm weather reception with a dress in champagne, blush, light blue, lavender or gold tones. A hint of color will look stunning under the summer sun.

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