How to Dress for Weddings

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Wedding season is definitely upon us! I have two bachelorette parties and a wedding this month alone so it’s been on my mind a lot. Brides get a lot of help dressing for their big day but I thought it would be fun to make a dress guide the guests as well. There are so many rules around weddings but the biggest rule in dressing for one is to not wear white. Never. Ever. It’s ok if it’s in a pattern or part of a striped dress but if the dress is more than 50% white, don’t even give it a second glance. That should go without saying but you would be shocked at how many people disregard this rule. So disrespectful to the bride!

Let’s start with casual weddings. These are the easiest to dress for because the spectrum for what you can wear is so huge! You can never be overdressed so no need to worry about that. On the other end of that, don’t show up in shorts and a tee. A light cotten dress with statement jewelry is as casual as I would go. I love wearing wedges to weddings because they keep your feet comfy all night long. Next, let’s review for formal weddings.

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There is a fine line between formal and black tie weddings. Formal weddings give you a little bit of leeway. You don’t have to wear a gown but a pulled together cocktail dress and heels are definitely a must. I love statement dresses with a top knot for something different.

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I have the hardest time with black tie weddings, but I rarely wear a long gown. Mainly because I own a total of zero. Per the photo above, I wore a silk dress and draped my neck in pearls for the last black tie wedding I went to.

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  1. Midwest Prep said:

    Love all the options! You’re so talented at styling!! also – love your favicon #weirdcompliment #bloggerprobs

    http://www.midwestprep.com

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  2. Heidi D. said:

    This is a great guide! Thanks for posting:)

    Heidi
    http://www.wishesandreality.com

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  3. that second dress is incredible on you!!

    xx allie
    http://www.allietozack.com

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  4. Oh Buoy Boston said:

    Great suggestions! Love wedding season, but it is always a scramble to find an appropriate dress to wear for each event!
    Oh Buoy Boston

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  5. Holly + Casey said:

    I love love love that grey dress and your hair up in the bun, gorgeous

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  6. Such good suggestions! I actually always go long for some reason.

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  7. Haha, this looks a lot like the post series I’m doing for my blog this week — making these differentiations in formality is so key, love these recommendations!

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  8. Cute outfits! Love the three looks you wore!

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  9. What a great guide! I had seven weddings last year (my own included), but I have ZERO this year. I’m so sad, haha. I LOVE weddings. Hope you have so much fun! Something tells me you’ll look fab. 😉

    xx
    Kelly

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  10. Simone Turner said:

    This is a life saver @lemonsandloafers:disqus ! Your blog was the first I thought of because I just got invited to a wedding that is happening in Florida and I was so overwhelmed with looking for a dress online. Then I thought, Julia must have a post about how to dress for a wedding! LOL! I was right. I came to your site, typed ‘wedding’ in the search field and low and behold, VIOLA!!! I’m here on this post! hahahahaha! Love it!

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