slinky sheath wedding dress with camisole straps and low back

There are so many stunning, structured wedding dresses out there. And we love them, too. But when you are planning a summer wedding, and the weather is bound to be balmy, do you really want to have to wear something complicated?  A dress that requires multiple pieces of shapewear, in fabric that doesn't breath?  We didn't think so.

Above, this camisole-styled sheath wedding dress is pure relaxed elegance. Reminiscent of Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy's iconic wedding dress, this is a gown that can be worn with flats or heels (or even barefoot on the beach).

A slightly more "resort-wear" take on the same concept is this silk number (below) with a halter neckline. This dress was practically created for a sophisticated destination wedding.

slinky, halter, silk wedding dress for summer or beach wedding

If you like the simplicity of the above gowns, but need a more conservative silhouette, try this sleeveless, empire-waist option below. Its pretty v-neck and cream color are flattering, and the pockets reflect its easy vibe.

simple, cream-colored wedding dress with empire waist

When styling a sheath dress, less is generally more. This awesome dress below with blouson top (the epitome of summer style) only needs a long necklace or two.  But the best accessories for a dress like this are glowing skin and beachy waves.

 off-white sheath wedding dress with blouson top and lace cutouts at shoulder

Of course, there is no rule that your dress need be so long. Summer is the perfect time for less conventional brides to wear shorter or reception dresses to the main event. This mini-dress below features a scalloped-lace overlay and high boatneck. The loose, lace, elbow-length sleeves balance out the dresses high hemline, and give it a fun, retro vibe.

 short wedding dress with scalloped lace overlay and 3/4 length sleeves
lace crop top wedding dress with a-line skirt

Fashion-forward brides, take note! Summer is the perfect time to go for that crop top dress you've been admiring!  We love this slightly boxy bodice paired with an a-line skirt above. And the criss-cross top and daring pencil skirt below would make the perfect dress for a rooftop wedding in the city.

crop top wedding dress with criss cross top and slim pencil skirt

When you're the bride you can wear anything you want, and that includes a floral-patterned dress. Just imagine floating down across the lawn at your garden wedding in this fantastic gown below. Yup, amazing.

sleeveless floral wedding dress in pastel color palette
simple white wedding dress with cap sleeves, scoop neck, and ribbon sash

Separates (or dresses that look like separates) are another way to embody easy summer style. Above, this universally flattering cap-sleeved dress has simple details and is just as comfortable to wear as it is pretty. Below, when the temperatures climb, opt for a camisole top and flowy skirt that will catch the breeze a bit.

summery wedding dress with camisole top and full, flowy skirt
 statement back wedding dress with lace cutout and cap sleeves and long, full skirt

Not the type to go sleeveless?  Cap sleeves are a sweet detail and allow for a tad more coverage. Above, this cutout statement back will help keep you cool. Romantics will love this stunning gown (below) that just might make a bride feel like a Jane Austen heroine gone modern.

romantic tulle wedding dress with sheer cap sleeves and ribbon sash with bow in front

Provided the lace isn't too scratchy, a 3/4 length sleeve can be a summery choice for a bride that believes sleeves are a non-negotiable.  Just make sure when you try the dress on that the sleeves don't irritate your skin and aren't overly tight.

modest summer wedding dress with lace 3/4 sleeves and boat neck
linen strapless wedding dress with scarlet stripes

If no one would ever call you a shrinking violet, then these two striking, bold selections are just for you. A scarlet-striped wedding dress? Why not!  Okay, we know we promised "easy" and this dress above does have a boned bodice, but its also made of linen and is guaranteed to be the talk of the town. Pair with bronzer, a bold lip, and a sleek updo, and you are completely good to go.  Below, a lace jumpsuit isn't for every bride. But if you want it, absolutely rock it.

non-traditional lace wedding jumpsuit with halter top

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