I don’t know about you guys but it feels like all of my friends are either getting engaged or married this summer. I swear every week I get on social media to find another. I guess that is what happens when you graduate college haha.
Between the heat and humidity and then the situation it can be hard to find something cute, stylish, and appropriate to wear to a spring or summer wedding. A lot of times, the invitation won’t explicitly say what the expected dress is for the wedding but having a background in the wedding industry I wanted to give you guys a couple of tips on how to be the best-dressed guest.
Tip 1: The invitation
The invitation can tell you a lot more than you think about what the wedding will be like.
First look at the venue & time of day. Typically if the wedding is outside or earlier in the day you can go a little cuter and a little less formal. Think a midi or mini dress rather than a floor-length formal gown. Think about the venue, if you haven’t been there before googling it. You can usually get a pretty good indication of how fancy or not fancy it is by that. If the reception is inside of say a ballroom or a country club or the wedding is inside of a church rather than at the venue you should dress a little nicer and a little more conservative with a longer dress and appropriate heels. If the reception is outside or in say a wooden or barn type venue it is probably safe to go with a little less conservative with wedges, open backs, etc.
Next look at the menu if it is available. Most of the time it will tell you if it is a plated dinner or buffet. Platted dinners are typically a bit more formal.
Tip 2: Avoid these 3 things
When you are on the hunt for the perfect wedding outfit try to avoid these three things.
- White / off-white / cream – Usually wearing these colors is a sign of disrespect and most people consider it you trying to upstage the bride
- Heels or Wedges you can’t walk in – the worst is seeing someone wearing to tall of heels or wedges and watching them A – struggle to walk in them or B – having to take them off because they are hurting. It takes your outfit form really cute to NOT in about two seconds. Depending on the venue especially this can be really frowned upon to go with a heel or a wedge you feel comfortable and confident in.
- Not being prepared for changes in weather: I usually with bringing a cute white or jean jacket with me that will match my dress but will keep me warm in case it gets cold either inside or unexpectedly outside.
Tip 3: When in doubt
This one is just a personal observation but when in doubt go with a flattering cocktail dress or A-line dress. These usually will look dressy enough for a little more formal wedding but will still be cute even if the wedding is a little more casual. Pack a pair of heels and a pair of wedges that way if you see guests going in that are more casual or more formal you can quickly dress up your look with heels or dress it down with wedges.
If you have any questions or need help picking out an outfit for your next wedding email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) I am more than happy to answer your questions or help you pick out the perfect outfit!