It’s June 1st, which means wedding season is upon us.
Over Memorial Day weekend, I traveled to see one of my best friends tie the knot! I was absolutely thrilled to be there and be apart of their special day.
When packing for my trip, I was going through my list of items to bring and I got stuck on one day in particular. Can you guess??
What to wear to the actual wedding!
They were getting married on a beach so it’s casual, but I wanted a dress heavy enough to guard against the wind and still breathable so I wouldn’t melt in the heat. Here’s what I ended up wearing…
If you’ve ever attended a wedding, chances are you’ve asked yourself the same question, “What am I going to wear?!”
And with so many variables time of day, location, venue, etc. it can be challenging at times to know what to wear where. So I’m here to break it down for you with 3 simple tips I use for decoding the wedding attire:
1. Read the invitation (I know this sounds obvious, but you can tell so much from the information provided. Check the time of day, location, and venue & dress accordingly.)
2. Ask a friend or someone in the wedding party. Also, think about the couple getting married when planning your ensemble. Is the couple more outdoorsy and casual? Are they more glamorous? Dress accordingly!
3. When in doubt it is ALWAYS better to be overdressed than underdressed.
***Bonus Tip:: Many couples today have a wedding website that will provide additional information about the big day! ***
Here are my favorite wedding outfit formulas so you know what to wear where:
There is much to consider when planning an outdoor day wedding outfit. I highly recommend you research the venue prior to deciding, especially with shoes. Avoid wearing pumps that will sink into the ground, instead go for a stacked heel or wedge. Plus, these shoes will be way more comfortable! When it comes to picking out dresses, try breathable fabrics. Go for cotton, linen or a blend over silk anything. Silk shows sweat, and these breathable fabrics will be more forgiving. In your clutch, make sure you bring oil absorbing sheets to blot.
A cocktail attire wedding traditionally falls between 6:00 and 6:30 PM, unless otherwise noted. This is a considerable step up from casual (aka not a daytime dress), but not as formal as a black tie event. Try richer fabrics like silk or satin to ensure your ensemble is dressy enough. If you love making a statement, don’t be afraid to rock a full length jumpsuit in a dressy fabric complete with evening-worthy accessories. If it is an outdoors wedding, follow the above rule about wearing a stacked heel or wedge. If it’s indoors and you’re worried about getting chilly add a fabulous pashmina wrap.
A black tie wedding normally starts at 7:00 PM, unless otherwise noted. Groomsmen will typically be in tuxedos or tails, and bridesmaids will be wearing floor length gowns. You can always buy a more formal gown for the affair. However, to save money and time trying to find the perfect dress, I suggest renting a dress (and even accessories!) since you probably won’t wear it very often. To find the perfect gown click HERE.
Remember with any wedding, to keep the couple and the couple’s wishes in mind. You want to keep with the tone of the event when getting dressed. Don’t be afraid to ask a member of the wedding party or a friend what they’ll be wearing as well. And no matter what you wear, confidence and a smile are always the perfect accessories!
Still have questions about planning the perfect wedding outfit? Post your questions and comments below!