It is wedding season again! We all know April-June and September-November are the most popular months to host a wedding. How could you not want to? The weather is wonderful, and the scenery is picture-perfect. My fiancé and I recently attended a beautiful wedding on July 2, and I personally was stumped on what to wear.
Dressing for a wedding can be tricky. Down here in the southern United States, weddings tend to be more casual unless specified that it is black-tie, but of course each and every wedding is unique. Not all invitations will specify the attire, but here are 5 things to look out for when trying to decide what to wear to a summer wedding:
1. What type of venue is the wedding being hosted?
Perhaps one of the best indicators of how formal or informal a wedding will be is by checking the location. A wedding in an extravagant ballroom or hotel is likely to be formal, while a wedding on a farm or rustic landscape is more likely to be informal.
2. What time of day is the wedding?
Daytime weddings tend to be more casual than evening weddings. Check the time on the invitation: a wedding that starts at 3:00PM is probably more casual than a wedding that starts at 6:00PM.
3. Is it indoors or outdoors? If outdoors, what kind of terrain?
If the wedding is indoors–especially in a religious venue–it’s definitely a good idea to dress your “Sunday best.” If the wedding is outdoors in a grassy or sandy area, you won’t see a lot of people in sparkly, long-length gowns and stilettos. However, if it is in a paved, well-manicured area, the attire may be more formal.
4. Consider the design and language of the invitations.
Invitations can be a huge indicator of how to dress for a wedding, even if they don’t specify the attire. If the invitation design is fun and quirky with informal language (For example, if the RSVP card says “Wouldn’t miss it for the world!” instead of “Accepts with pleasure”), the wedding is probably more casual. If the invitation design is elegant and beautiful with formal language, that means to dress a bit nicer.
5. Take into account the personalities of the bride and groom (or bride and bride, groom and groom) and their families.
Ask yourself if the bride and groom have a more formal or informal taste in celebrations. Have they expressed in the past what type of weddings they liked? Are they more formal or informal people? What type of experience do you think they’d like to give their guests? Obviously this step helps only if you know the bride and groom on a personal level, but it will definitely help you decide the nature of the wedding.
Taking all of these into account, I decided that the wedding was casual. I picked a maxi dress that was a bright, fun, summery color, and went with minimal, understated accessories. I wore flat sandals because the ceremony was outdoors in a grassy area.
For makeup, I like to go a bit more neutral for weddings. However, I had to wear this lipstick as it matched my dress perfectly!
Even though I have mentioned the words “casual” and “informal” a lot throughout this post, I still think it is important to dress nice for a wedding. Casual doesn’t necessarily mean jeans and a t-shirt (exaggerating here), but more so you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg on a gown you wear once. You are celebrating the couples’ love after all, and it should be a nice occasion!
If you’re interested in seeing how I created this makeup look, check out my YouTube video:
Are you attending any weddings in the future? If so, what are you planning on wearing?