What to Wear to a Summer Wedding

“The pictures last forever” doesn’t just apply to the bridal party. Choosing an ensemble for someone else’s big day can be a daunting task. You never know whose mantel your beaming, dancing face will be gracing for years to come.

There are a lot of factors to take into account—temperature, location, dress code—but the most important thing is to choose something that doesn’t stray too far from your natural sartorial territory. You want to recognize yourself in those photos! You’ll likely be going from sitting through a long ceremony to a filling dinner to a dance floor, and you won’t be able to make a costume change halfway through the night. Take that into account when choosing your shoes. You don’t want to miss out on getting down with Granny on the dance floor after sitting through all the speeches. Another key ingredient? A lightweight bag with just the essentials.

This is a great opportunity to buy something new or to re-imagine what you haven’t had an occasion to wear yet. Take a chance and kick it up a notch with special accessories to show your pals or your family how special it is to share such a wonderful day with them. And don’t forget a handkerchief.

Scroll to see and shop the best summer wedding ensembles on the internet right now. All you need to add is a chic pair of sandals and a statement bag.