What to Wear? The Wedding

12 Apr

This post is the final post of the “what to wear?” wedding series.  The wedding!  There are so many styles of weddings out there it is almost impossible to capture all in one blog post, but I will attempt to address style dilemmas for the most common scenarios.  So…which way to go first:

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Let’s start with the “unwritten” rules of wedding etiquette, according to The Knot.com here are some “Dos and Don’ts” for weddings:

  • Don’t wear white because it competes with the bride. There are plenty of other colors available. This rule may seem outdated, but it’s actually just good etiquette to not compete with the bride on her special day.
  • Don’t wear black or sequins during the daytime. Anything too sparkly will make you look overdressed.
  • Don’t worry about wearing the same colors as the bridesmaids or mothers. You can’t possibly coordinate with everyone in the wedding party.
  • Do wear something feminine and appropriate, out of respect for your hosts. Clubwear, overtly sexy clothing (strapless, see-through, etc) doesn’t belong at a wedding. If you have to ask if it’s appropriate, it probably isn’t.
  • Don’t wear opera-length gloves (to top of arm) with anything but sleeveless or strapless gowns.
  • Do take off gloves to eat or drink.
  • Do use good judgment if the invitation doesn’t specify the formality of the event. A pastel suit or soft floral dress for daytime or a LBD for evening (after 6 p.m.) will take you almost anywhere.
  • Even at a casual wedding, use good judgment when it comes to getting dressed. Casual can mean a pretty sundress (like for a coastal or beach wedding) but rarely means something as sloppy as jeans or shorts.

OK…Now that we have the Dos and Don’ts here are my style suggestions for wedding receptions based on the type:

  • Informal Daytime: Short dress or suit (business attire OK for morning weddings)
  • Informal Evening: Cocktail dress (which is any dressier dress — for example, a LBD– that’s not full-length.)
  • Semi-Formal Daytime: Short dress or suit
  • Semi-formal Evening: Cocktail dress
  • Formal Daytime: Short dress or suit. Hats and gloves optional (although it’s rare to see hats and gloves at most weddings.)
  • Formal Evening or Black-Tie: Long or dressy short cocktail (beading, glam accessories, wrap)
  • Ultra-formal or White Tie: Long gown, extra glitz (furs, diamonds, etc.)

Here are some of my picks from MiUS Collection boutique:

Informal-day time wedding:

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Add a cardi and jewels to accessorize this daytime wedding appropriate frocks.

Evening/Formal Receptions: 

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All these beautiful dresses are made in the USA and available at MiUS Collection.

If there are other wedding styles you want me to address, feel free to make comments and I can answer them for you.

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