Tuesday, May 21, 2013

What to Wear: Wedding Season!

It's that time of year again, when church bells are ringing and love is in the air! Yup, that's right- it's wedding season!  I've teamed up with Renee from Style with a Story and Meghan from Everyday Fashion and Finance to bring you What to Wear: Wedding Season!

You've received the invitation for your friend's wedding in the mail, and happily started shopping for the perfect gift, when all of a sudden it hits you...what on earth are you going to wear?! 

We've come up with some helpful tips to guide you as you plan for the big event!

Looking at the invitation will of course help you in knowing where to start in terms of what kind of wedding it is.  Does the intricacy of the invitation point to formal wedding, or does the simplicity of the invitation point to a casual wedding?  Commonly, if it's a black tie affair, the bride will include that on the invitation.

The setting of the wedding will likely determine your attire.  If it's outdoors, avoid anything too flowy in case you get caught in a bad wind storm.  If it's a beach wedding, avoid stilettos that will sink into the sand.

Daytime Wedding/ Casual Wedding

Casual usually means anything goes, but to be on the safe side, dressing business casual is a wise choice!

For her
  • a floral dress
  • a skirt and a sweater set with heels
  • a light colored suit
  • a pretty hat that coordinates with your outfit
  • light makeup and natural hair
  • minimal jewelry- dangly earrings would be the perfect touch
For him
  • a light colored suit, especially linen or seersucker in the summertime
  • a dress shirt, tie and dress pants (dress this look up with a blazer)

Semi-formal Evening Wedding

Semi-formal wedding attire varies depending on the time of the wedding, however it is wise to lean more towards a formal look.

For her
  • a cocktail dress 
  • a dressy suit
  • a dressy skirt and top
  • light makeup with a dramatic eye, sleek or curled hair, moderate jewelry
For him
  • a dark suit
  • a blazer with slacks and a nice tie

Evening Wedding

Dress  | Heels | Bag | Earrings | Bracelet

Black Tie Wedding

This is the most formal of all wedding dress codes and generally means the wedding is an evening affair.

For her
  • a formal dress, sometimes floor length
  • a fancy cocktail dress
  • beaded or sequins clutches or purses and fancy wraps
  • glamorous jewelry and dramatic makeup and hair
For him
  • a tuxedo is the only way to go.  If you don't have one, you should rent one.

Black Tie WeddingGown | Sandals | Clutch | Earrings | Bracelet 

What NOT to Wear

1.) Do not wear white.  
Although this rule may be seem old-fashioned and outdated, don't test it...unless of course you want various scowls thrown your way! :) It's the bride's big day and you wouldn't want it to look like you're trying to upstage her.

2.) Do not wear black to a daytime wedding
 Black is too dark and drab for a daytime wedding. Chose something with a lighter, airy feel. 

3.) Jeans
 Jeans are never acceptable to wear to a wedding, no matter how casual the wedding seems.

4.) Anything sexy or too revealing.
If you wouldn't want your friend's grandma to see you in the dress, it's likely you shouldn't wear it!

5.) Anything with holes, rips, stains, or something too big/small for you.
Keep it classy and elegant.  You'll be in tons of pictures and you should want to look your best!

6.) Anything sleeveless or strapless to a religious wedding.  
Be respectful and bring a wrap or jacket to cover your shoulders.

Do you have any weddings lined up for the summer?
Don't forget to hop on over to Meghan and  Renee's Blogs and say hello!

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  1. New follower! Found you on Instagram. Love your outfits! I really like all these looks. If I could just steal the sunglasses from your look that would be great. ;)

    -Lauren @ Style of One's Own

    1. Thanks so much and thanks for following! Aren't the sunnies fabulous?!
      xo Bethany

  2. You would be surprised how many people are clueless about the unspoken rules for a wedding. These are really great tips...and really beautiful outfits!

    1. Thanks so much! I'm always surprised too!
      xo Bethany

  3. So beautiful, really great post. I wish I had the opportunity to attend more weddings.

    1. Thank you! I wish I had more to attend too, always so fun!
      xo Bethany

  4. I love the different options! My favourite look is the first one, I just love the dress :)
    Suzanne from www.writtenbysuzanne.com

  5. Ah some great tips here! Especially loving the daytime wedding look you've put together here - so pretty!

  6. Thanks! I am in love with that dress!

    xo Bethany

  7. I'm obsessed with that dress and wish I had somewhere to wear it so I could justify buying it! Thanks!
    xo Bethany

  8. Ashlyn Nicole WilliamsJune 14, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    great tips! & love the looks you out together. xo

  9. Thanks so much, I only created the first look! Two other fabulous ladies created the others for our collaboration :)

    xo Bethany

  10. LOVE the pink ModCloth dress. Such a great choice for a summer wedding!
    xx The WorkShop Girls

  11. I love it too and only wish I had an excuse to buy it and wear it! Thanks!
    xo Bethany