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Summer wedding in Italy: Guest dress code

You’ve received an invitation to attend a summer wedding in Italy, and you are excited to celebrate with them! While visualizing how everything will be, anticipating the ceremony and reception. If you pondering a summer wedding dress code in Italy – I have you covered.

Most couples request formal wear for their wedding however this does change for a destination wedding in Italy. The summer can get very uncomfortable depending on the region.

I have curated a guide to help you choose what to wear at your upcoming wedding no matter the specifications.

Formal Dress Code for a summer wedding in Italy

The White-tie wear requires the ladies to wear elegant floor-length dresses complemented with opulent or modern eloquent jewellery and clutches. Gentlemen are expected to wear a white shirt with a tuxedo with a white vest, and a bow tie. For both parties, formal heels or shoes are a must. If it is a summer wedding in Italy, then I would recommend choosing breathable fabric, an elegant hat, and bringing a fan.

The Black-tie code is all about floor-length dresses but if it allows certain liberties, it can also be an evening party dress or even sophisticated pantsuits. For the men, a tuxedo is a must, paired with a black vest and black bow tie. The same recommendations apply for warm weather as above.

When it comes to the Cocktail wedding dress code, the gentleman’s attire isn’t much changed, only they can wear a suit paired with a tie, while the ladies can wear tea-length, knee-length or midi dresses – definitely more comfortable for summertime.

Formal dress for a summer wedding in Italy

Semi-Formal Dress Code for Summer in Italy

Most commonly the Smart Casual or Dressy Casual code allows a balance between elegance and casual wear. For a summer wedding, I recommend choosing bright colours and breathable fabrics. Dressy top and skirt or below-the-knee dresses with fun yet eloquent accessories. Sunglasses could also be fashionable accessories and elegantly paired hats for sun protection. The good news is that you can also wear formal flats, heels or even wedges. For the gentlemen, dress shirt, an optional tie, and dress pants. This wedding dress code is one of the more common choices for a summer wedding in Italy where the weather is warm which gives you an opportunity to incorporate the art of balancing comfort with sophistication. 

Comfortable dress code for summer wedding in italy

Casual Summer Dress Code

For an outdoor summer wedding in Italy, a laid-back code would be usually required. Summer dresses combined with fashionable dressy sandals, but if it is specified by the couple, you can wear other options like tank tops, jeans, etc. Usually, couples include notes on what is acceptable so this would be the ideal code for summertime. Being overly formal wouldn’t feel comfortable nor enjoyable – and that is the last thing they want.

Destination Italy Dress Code

Of course, this would depend on the location and theme, whether it is a beach wedding or vineyard wedding in Italy, also it will depend on the humidity. If you want to feel comfortable and look incredible, choosing cotton or linen designs would be a safe card to play. Couples usually opt for casual or semi-casual wedding dress codes and guests choose to elevate the look with stylish yet elegant accessories.

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