It’s wedding season! Are the invites rolling in? The first thought that crosses my mind when I open the invite is, “What can I wear to a summer wedding without breaking the bank and upstaging the bride?” That’s a long thought! Hey, just because it’s not your day doesn’t mean you can’t look stunning!
The main reason I have weddings on the brain is because my baby girl recently got married!
It seems like it was just yesterday that she got engaged. Actually, it was a year and a half ago! Of course, I’ll share a “She Said Yes” photo. These are photos my daughter took with her phone to share with the world via Instagram and Facebook. 🙂
Another reason I have weddings on the brain is because I had a contest on my Facebook page last month: I asked my readers to “Name one subject you would like for me to write about on my blog. I gave away a $25.00 Amazon gift card to the randomly chosen winner, Donna Porter! One of the subjects she wanted me to write about was weddings, so here goes.
It’s A Do!
- Use good judgment – Keep it simple and refined.
- Wear cute, comfortable shoes (You’ll probably be mingling, standing, etc. a lot).
- Embrace soft, summer colors OR
- Wear bright prints (just not too bold) -think floaty floral numbers and floor-sweeping maxis.
It’s A Don’t!
- Don’t go too short.
- Don’t go too flashy – it’s too distracting.
- Don’t wear white or cream (White is reserved for the bride only unless you’ve been specifically asked to wear white).
- Don’t wear heels to an outside affair (you’ll sink into the grass, trip, fall, skin your knees, bleed, cry).
- Don’t wear black to a morning or afternoon wedding (evening is fine).
- Don’t show your boobs! That goes for the bride, too. I’ve been to far too many weddings where too much boobage was showing. That’s what tailors are for.
- Sequins belong to the night, not the morning or afternoon
- Denim – unless it’s a denim themed wedding – is always a don’t
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s try to decode that invitation:
- Casual daytime wedding: Sundress (throw on a shrug if you’re not ready to bare your arms), linen pants suit, maxi
- Semi-Formal: Cocktail Dress
- Formal: A floor length or dark colored cocktail dress
- Black Tie: An evening gown or really, really nice cocktail dress
- White Tie: Evening gown only with awesome accessories