Summer is a great time for vacations, relaxing at the beach, tons of cookouts and parties. For many people, the biggest parties of all: summer weddings! If you’re “new” to the wedding scene, figuring out what to wear to a country club soiree or beach side bash can be a bit tricky. That’s why here on TwentyTweets, we decided to break it down for you. Here’s a simplified guide to looking stylish at all this summer’s wedding events without breaking the bank:
The Wedding Shower:
Invite says, “backyard” or it’s being held at someone’s home:
What to wear: A casual dress or skirt. Flat sandals are a great option – and make it easy to navigate a yard full of grass without ruining your heels. Wedges and Espadrilles are great too!
Invite says, Country Club or Restaurant:
What to wear: Go a bit more formal, and perhaps covered up (the AC will be pumping during the summer months). Bring a cardi and feel free to wear heels.
The Bachelorette Party:
This is probably the easiest thing to dress for! If you’re going out for a night on the town, then dress as your crew normally would. As for most bridal events, steer clear of white and anything blingy — the bachelorette herself probably has a white dress or some sparkly number that she spent hours hunting down. If it’s an out of the box bachelorette (think vineyard tour, polo match, or day on the boat), it’s usually pretty easy to dress for event as well. Just keep it comfy and casual if it’s going to be a long day!
The Main Event!
For the most popular wedding venues…
This is pretty standard. Whatever you would wear to a shower at this location, it works for the wedding too. Cocktail dress, heels, standard wedding guest fare works best.
Two things to keep in mind: Grass and No temperature control. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, or at least bring a change of shoes. Since there will be no AC, a cute, short dress works… but I recommend bringing a pashmina for when it gets breezy at night.
Grand Ballroom at a Hotel:
You can get a bit more glitzed up for this! Be sure to bust out some trendy jewelry. If your crowd tens to be more formal, a floor length dress is totally okay. Black tie optional is just that — look your best!
Rustic Barn/Historic Site:
Think along the same lines as you did for a tented wedding. Minimal temperature control means dress for the elements. And… you can totally wear that vintage piece that you picked up at a consignment shop last year that you’ve yet to wear. 🙂
Beach side Wedding:
Remember, a wedding NEAR the beach and a wedding ON the beach are two totally different things. Weddings NEAR the beach are usually at venues with an ocean view, and typically a formal location (refer back to the Country Club crowd). Weddings ON the beach are a whole different story and totally casual. You’ll be fine in a sundress and cute sandals. Abort flip flops, unless they are provided at the wedding as “dancing shoes.” Rubber shoes are never seen as wedding appropriate!
Remember, when in doubt, err on the side of over-dressed vs. under dressed. If you need to narrow down your choices, lots of department store sites have a “bridal” section with a “guest of the wedding” link that provides tons of great options! Some great looks for summer showers or weddings from Nordstrom (my fave place to shop!) that are budget friendly too:
What’s your favorite “guest of the wedding” look?