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What Do I Wear To A Wedding??

Tis the season for engagements and weddings! It seems like every time you turn around, someone else is getting engaged or getting married. One of my friends will be getting married next weekend;  as she prepares for the big day, I’m still trying to figure out what’s appropriate to wear to her wedding.

If I’m struggling to determine what’s appropriate to wear to this particular wedding, I’m sure there are a number of people out there going through the same thing!!!   So for all of you ladies out there who are attending weddings and need something to wear, here’s a little guide to help you along your way.

Outdoor Garden Wedding

Outdoor garden weddings are not only romantic, but they allow you to be a little casual too, at least when it comes to your shoes.  If the wedding you’re attending is in the grass, you may wan to opt for cute, flats or sandals versus 4inch heels. You’ll spend more time enjoying the ceremony and less time worry about your heel getting stuck.

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Prints and bright color dresses are appropriate and fun for this type of wedding. It’s during the day and outside, so lighten up the color versus wearing traditional black.

Day Wedding   (Indoor or Outdoor, but not a garden wedding)

Prints and bright colors are always fun, but you can also opt to wear a solid color dress as well, but try to shy away from black. Lighten up your look with colors like yellow, purple and blue, especially if the wedding is during the summer.  Instead of flats, pair your dress with some fly heels. 

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Evening Wedding

The wedding I’m attending is an evening wedding that begins around 7pm.  Cocktail dresses are appropriate, but nothing too short and tight.  You don’t want to look like you’re going to a club and you definitely don’t want to be the center of attention. Black is always a safe choice that you can accessorize with color shoes and great accessories.  If you want to add a little color, look for green or teal, purple and navy blue cocktail dresses, especially for spring and summer weddings.

Black Tie Wedding

Do I really need to explain this one? If the invitation says Black Tie, that means you need to dress the part! Ladies, pull out those formal dresses.

Beach Wedding

I wonder if shoes are required. No need wearing shoes if you’re going to be in the stand. You’ll have to talk to the bride and groom about this one.

Great places to shop include Nordstrom, Bloomingdales and White House, Black Market. Remember, NEVER WEAR WHITE to a wedding unless it’s your own!

For those of you with experience attending weddings, if there is anything I’m missing, please chime in!

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