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All weddings are not created equal—and we’re not just talking how radiant the bride and how hot the groomsmen (but, yes, that too). A certain dress code comes with whatever venue and vibe the betrothed are working up. Here’s our cheat sheet for the warm-weather wedding attire you’ll want to wear to the church/bistro/organic farm and beyond.

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afternoon wedding

Afternoon wedding at Descanso Gardens

It’s floral but dramatic enough to stand out from whatever brilliant greens nature tries to upstage you with.

Doen ($298)

rooftop wedding dress


This LBD is deceptive: The sheer striped overlay top looks formal and sophisticated, but the pullover styling means it’s super comfortable. Just add pearls and go.

Bailey 44 ($150)

green v neck jumpsuit

Wedding at the Natural History Museum

All the single ladies, listen up. This jumpsuit says “I love a good spin on the dance floor” as well as “I won’t be drinking too much champagne, because I don’t want to strip down to use the ladies’ room.”

Reformation ($278)

natalie martin floral dress

Groovy organic farm wedding in Topanga

When the vibe is sort of retro hippie cool and casual, a summer tank dress and a pair of sunglasses are all you need.

Natalie Martin ($198)

free people beach dress
Free People

Malibu beach ceremony

Those onshore breezes can get chilly, so a loose, long-sleeved silk number (worn with a neck and wrist full of blingy jewels) will keep you cozy and chic.

Free People ($625)

marni colorful dress

Gathering at a West Adams Gallery

This couple is hip to the city’s emerging artist neighborhood; splurge on a memorable deconstructed designer dress that’s equal parts creative and sexy. (Pro tip: It will look super cute with Chuck Taylors and a leather jacket at your next ladies’ lunch.)

Marni ($2,590)



Wear it with heeled Mary Janes for a look that straddles that L.A. line of dressed up but not stuffy. (And the sheer black sleeves are ooh-la-la.)                        

TVF for DVF ($268)

batsheva dress
Matches Fashion

Destination Wedding in Cabo

Everyone else will be in last year’s gypsy wear, but fashionable you will be sporting this year’s cool-girl trend: the prairie dress. Metallic accessories skew it more David Bowie than David Koresh.

Batsheva ($392)

black tulle dress
Matches Fashion

Las Vegas Elopement

If you’re lucky enough to be the happy couple’s plus one at the Elvis Wedding Chapel, shouldn’t your dress be as over-the-top as the King himself? This multicolor-dotted tulle-overlay maxi dress is your best bet. (And the price leaves something on the table for celebratory shots of Patron.)

Staud ($365)

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