Chic Summer Cocktail Dresses for Weddings & Special Events

Whether you are attending a July/August wedding, a special birthday party, or heading to Vegas, the occasion calls for a summery party dress.  Here are 6 chic summer cocktail dresses for weddings and other special events.


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Summer Cocktail Dresses for Weddings

A wedding is pretty,  romantic, and ultra-feminine, too, so choose a summer cocktail dress to match the mood. This pretty blue lace sheath with sequins and shine has a wedding guest written all over it!

Cocktail Dresses for a Graduation

Graduations can range from casual to semi-formal but the tone is always more business than party. This fabulous navy sheath dress with the statement ruffle strikes just the right chord between business-like, but feminine and fashion-forward.

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Cocktail Dresses for Special Birthdays

If you have a big one coming up, be it 40/ 50/ 60, or more, it’s a great reason to get all dolled up in a summery cocktail dress. This pretty pink lace dress is soft and fresh on your special day. Have a wedding, or dressy baby shower coming up. This dress would be ideal for those too. It’s super versatile.

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Summer Cocktail Party Dresses for Vegas/Cruise Vacay

When it’s time to dance and party, you want a dress that moves. This swingy pleated trapeze dress with the sexy halter neckline looks as fabulous at dinner as it does on the dance floor.

This would be a great dress to take to Vegas, wear on a cruise once they start up again, or wear wherever there is a party. Plus, this bold orange shade is fun, friendly, and the perfect color to celebrate summer.


Summer Cocktail Dresses in Black

You can never go wrong wearing black even in the summer, and this pretty lace shift dress proves this point. The peek-a-book lace lightens the intensity of a dark color in summer while still giving you a chic, slimming look. This would be great for a formal cocktail event or evening wedding.


Summer Cocktail Garden Party Dresses

Florals are a no-brainer choice for a summer cocktail garden party, and when the party is more formal this pretty floral dress with its ladylike fit and flare shape and boat neckline works perfectly.


Summer Evening Cocktail Dresses for a Dressy College or High School Reunion

Many schools, family, and work reunions are very informal and a casual dress or pants and a nice top is all you need. But when a reunion is held at a hotel or a fancy restaurant and you need something more upscale or cocktail then you will need a classy dress.

This green roll collar sheath dress is occasion-appropriate without looking like you are trying too hard. It’s dressy but not fussy, chic, and sure to turn a few heads.

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6 thoughts on “Chic Summer Cocktail Dresses for Weddings & Special Events

  1. Hello, I’m viewing all the cocktail dresses you’ve just sent today. The trapeze orange dress is beautiful. Thank you.

  2. Hi! I love the pleated halter dress. I have my daughter’s rehearsal dinner in Texas, and this would be perfect!!

  3. Hi there. Stumbled on your site in search of a cocktail dress suitable for a Sept wedding. I am the MOG and thought I had it all figured out as to what I was wearing until I saw what the MOB was wearing. I was thinking formal. She, not so much. The wedding ceremony will be outside, under the trees, and the reception in a brand new “glam” barn.

    I saw the floral cocktail dress but don’t see links or other ones in the same category (the missing link may be on the page?). Anyway, any suggestions would be welcome.



    P.S. I am petite – 5′ 2″ and about 128 pounds.

  4. Hi Deborah,
    We are going soon to La Scala Opera Theatre in Milan. What happy medium dress code would you advise following?
    Thank you

    1. Hi Vaida, I’m assuming you mean as a tourist. It’s a popular attraction when traveling. How about a bright casual chic navy or black dress with comfortable heels and some jewelry? This way, you look classy and respectful but not too overly dressed. You might also bring a pashmina to pull out of your bag if it is cool inside.

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