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The 20 best dresses to invest in for this summer's weddings

By Amelie Langenskiöld

Photo: Cecilia Alvarez-Hevia Arias

Need some wardrobe inspiration for the wedding invites stacking up on your mantlepiece? Look no further than Vogue Scandinavia's round up of dresses to don

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Another bumper wedding season is on the horizon. While there's always the possibility to pair an already well-loved dress with box-fresh shoes and jewels, a nuptials celebration is the very best excuse to invest in a new frock.

Whether beach-bound or black tie, countryside or city centre, there's something to suit all tastes and dress codes in Vogue Scandinavia's line up of the 20 best guess dresses below.

Garden wedding

Immersed in nature, the nature of a garden wedding is, by default, less formal than an indoor wedding and this should be reflected in your look. With this more relaxed dress code, coordinate cohesively with your surrounds by opting for a floral print by Veronica Beard or soft, natural hues like Agua By Agua Bendita's printed linen design.


Garden wedding

Leia floral midi dress

Veronica Beard

SHOP NOWEUR 648
Dusk floral minidress

Rotate Birger Christensen

SHOP NOWEUR 320
Kimberly printed linen mini dress

Bernadette Antwerp

SHOP NOWEUR 460
Gerbera printed linen maxi dress

Agua By Agua Bendita

SHOP NOWEUR 1070

Countryside wedding

Usually they are held on a family estate or a place that has a close connection to the couple, there is something extra special and intimate about countryside weddings. Dress the part with tweed by Sandro, a free flowing checked design by Peony or We Are Kindred's paisley print halter neck style.


Countryside wedding

Printed slip dress

ACNE Studios

SHOP NOWEUR 520
Emerick printed viscose midi dress

Reformation

SHOP NOWEUR 243
Elsa paisley-print midi dress

We Are Kindred

SHOP NOWEUR 289
Tweed mini dress

Sandro

SHOP NOWEUR 295

City wedding

Whether a town hall, museum, library – expect a grand building that is best suited to a cocktail style frock. With less of nature's elements to factor in, practicality doesn't need to be at the forefront of your mind in this case. Opt for fitted, figure-hugging silhouettes like Patrizia Pepe's midi dress, or a crepe de chine creation by Reformation that will fit right in at the bar of a fancy banquet hall.


City wedding

Jennifer dress

Baum und Pferdgarten

SHOP NOWEUR 259
La robe Saudade long viscose blend dress

Jacquemus

SHOP NOWEUR 750
Front-slit sleeveless midi dress

Patrizia Pepe

SHOP NOWEUR 239
Prysmatic cutout long dress

Staud

SHOP NOWEUR 228

Beach wedding

Whilst beach weddings usually are held in tropical climates a plane ride away, there's a rise in nuptials being held on beaches all around Scandinavian archipelagos. Wherever you are in the world, a beach setting calls for light and romantic colour palettes, like Zimmermann's soft lemon embellished mini dress. Enjoy the freedom that the beach affords in dress materials – with linens and lightweight satins all fair game.


Beach wedding

Sonia printed silk midi dress

SEA New York

SHOP NOWEUR 594
Kai cutout viscose blend long dress

Bec + Bridge

SHOP NOWEUR 379
Imogen cutout hammered-satin midi dress

Cult Gaia

SHOP NOWEUR 488
High Tide embellished linen mini dress

Zimmermann

SHOP NOWEUR 1350

Black tie wedding

A black tie wedding is one of few occasions when it's time to go all out, turning up the glamour to the most high-octane level. Floor-length gowns can be on the cards, but may not be the most appealing for a warm's summer day. Our suggestion: find a design that is cut or draped to tastefully show a little bit of skin, whether it's an off-shoulder silhouette, subtle cut-out, or high slit to show some leg.


Black tie wedding

Embellished strapless midi dress

Self Portrait

SHOP NOWEUR 475
Sahar one-shoulder draped satin gown

Jonathan Simkhai

SHOP NOWEUR 845
V-neck sleeveless dress

Christopher Esber

SHOP NOWEUR 825
Draped asymmetric dress

COS

SHOP NOWEUR 99