My wedding bouquet
Where to begin...
Dress Code: The most important thing to note, is the type of wedding it will be. Knowing where or what type of wedding it is will let you know what type of attire to wear. For example, the invitation will usually note if it is a black tie/formal or a destination wedding. Always begin here. It's a bit awkward to show up over or underdressed so look into it first!
Wearing White: You don't want to draw attention away the bride - it is after all, her day! One thing to note is that you should never wear white to a wedding. You probably have heard this a million times but let me tell you, it still happens! (Trust me, someone did it at my wedding - yep, let's not get into that right now though). The only time that this is acceptable is of course, if the invitation calls for an all-white dress code. Other than that, leave the white dress for the Bride. You should also steer clear from wearing white, cream or eggshell to any wedding showers and or wedding events (dress rehearsal dinner, etc).
Wearing Black: People still question whether it is okay to wear a little black dress to a wedding. It is! A few years ago, this would have been off-limits but today, it is totally acceptable and appropriate for formal or evening weddings. Look for soft ruffles or lace to soften the look of a LBD for a wedding though.
Being aware: Be respectful of any religious affiliation. Be careful of not showing too much skin in a church wedding or if a particular religion asks that arms and legs be covered.
There were so many great choices to choose from this year but I have finally been able to narrow them down. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Dress Code: Formal/Black Tie
While "Formal" on an invitation may have you thinking of long gowns, don't worry. A cocktail dress is also appropriate with the right accessories and heels. If you feel like the venue calls for a gown, you don't have to shell out major bucks. There are places that you know
This gorgeous number is from Lulus with its mermaid skirt and sweetheart neckline. I love the delicate cutout right above the waist; it's a pierced lace detail. It's a modern twist on a classic favourite and it's under $100! Navy is a great way of wearing a neutral without doing the typical LBD; add a small clutch and strappy sandals and you're set.
Dress Code: Semi-Formal
Express has done it again. This beautiful maxi dress comes in several hues (including a solid, white...for all those beautiful Brides and their bridal showers). The cut outs on the side allow you to show some skin without you being overexposed. If you are heavier chested however, be aware as it does have a deep V neckline.
Dress Code: Garden Party
I love how effortlessly chic this floral print midi dress is. It's hard to tell from the picture but it has a bit if a slit running along the front of the dress. It features pink, green and teal florals and ruffled, short sleeves. As you've probably been seeing everywhere you turn, ruffles and statement sleeves are everything this season. This dress is from Somedays Lovin' and it comes in under $140.
Dress Code: Beach/Destination Wedding
Can't you just picture this dress blowing in the summer breeze by the ocean? This dress is uber-feminine and will keep you cool during that beach wedding.
And just in case, here are a two more I couldn't not mention!