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"What Should I Wear?":
Summer Wedding Dress Codes

Wedding Dresses

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Wedding dress codes inevitably confuse guests, especially for summer weddings when the blazing sun complicates all manners of attire. "Can I wear a cocktail dress to a 'formal' wedding?" "What the heck does 'country club chic' mean?" "Do I even own anything 'white tie'?!" OK, the first step is to breathe. It's only clothes. The second step is to consult our guide to wedding guest attire, which outlines the four most common dress codes for a range of receptions. Decide which one fits your vision and use the lingo we've provided on your invites. That way no one shows up to your daytime semiformal wedding in a beaded burgundy gown. Hopefully. —Phillip B. Crook

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