Dress: c/o Vineyard Vines (runs big, size down!) I am OBSESSED with this dress. It’s so pretty and classic and works for so many occasions, too–not just weddings! You can wear it with espadrille wedges like these to dress it down! Shoes: Sam Edelman Yaro Sandals (they’re super comfy–a bunch of my friends have them too and everyone loves them! Like any sandals, they do require some breaking in–but after my first wear, they really comfortable as far as heels are concerned.) Go down 1/2 size if you’re in-between! Earrings: Amazon! Haha! Best budget buy EVER! They’re super lightweight and I have sensitive ears and these don’t bother me! Bag: Cult Gaia Ark Bag (the one I’m wearing here is the size large, but if I were to buy it again I would get the smaller size). Lipstick: Armani Lip Maestro color #500
What to wear to a Spring wedding:
Spring Wedding Guest Dresses: Cocktail Attire
Spring Wedding Guest Dresses: A Black Tie Affair
My experience with renting:
Spring Day vs Night Wedding:
One thing to note is that if the wedding is during the day, you can get away with dressing a little less formal than if it were at night. Also consider the setting–while a a barn, backyard, garden, glitzy hotel and country club might all be “cocktail” attire, for example, you can easily feel great wearing a more casual floral sundress to one, whereas you’ll probably feel underdressed wearing that to a fancy hotel. Also, if the wedding is outdoors at night, it’s always a good idea to bring a wrap like this one just in case it gets chilly!
Spring Wedding Guest Accessories:
You will rarely see me at a wedding not wearing a pair of nude heels–9 times out of 10, they’re the most ideal choice! Invest in one good pair that you’ll wear all wedding season long for years to come. Here are some great pairs:
The Sam Edelman Yaro sandals are awesome and get my pick for the perfect wedding shoes. They’re minimalistic (so they go with everything and let your dress do the talking) and are comfy as far as heels are concerned. I have them in cork but also want to get them in regular nude!
Stuart Weitzman Nearly Nude Sandals: I don’t own these so I can’t vouch personally, but these are a cult classic and everyone I know who has them swears they are the comfiest heels you will ever buy. I’ve been contemplating getting a pair but haven’t pulled the trigger.
Ah, the age old question. Can you wear flats to a wedding? Of course you can! If you’re able to, I’d personally swing for a TINY bit of a heel (like these, for example), just because they look so much cuter and more fitting with a formal dress than straight up flats, but if you can’t have any heel, that’s okay too! I’m including lot’s of flats options below!
Bags and Wraps:
The basket bag trend is back again this year and I could not be happier about it. I love that these are neutral but make a statement at the same time. Here are some of my favorite handbags for all types of weddings! I also love a good tortoise clutch–this one is only $50!
Also, if you’ll be attending a night wedding outside, it’s always a good idea to bring a wrap! Often times they’ll fold up small enough to fit into your clutch and you don’t want to be caught freezing! This one is under $100 and comes in tons of colors! Blush is probably the most versatile for a spring wedding in my opinion, because it’s a neutral that goes with everything!
When it comes to jewelry, I usually go with more of a statement earring and a dainty, barely there necklace. My two favorite earring brands are Baublebar and Kendra Scott. They always have really cute designs that aren’t crazy expensive!
Other Wedding Guest Attire FAQ’s:
Can you wear a red dress to a wedding? I’ve heard that’s taboo!
Haha I get this question every so often and I have NO IDEA where this comes from. I’ve never heard this before and I’ve worn red to weddings before and it’s a pretty common color that you see, so I think this must be an old wives tale 😂 I wouldn’t worry about it! (I actually just asked my mom about this one and she laughed and said she hadn’t ever heard of it either) The only color you need to worry about is white–NEVER wear white–that’s just for the bride!
Some of you responded to this and said that this is a southern thing–the thought is that it’s too flashy. (This sounds very old world to me but maybe keep in mind if you’re attending a wedding in the South?) Also, in some cultures the bride wears red, so be mindful of that–if the wedding you’re attending doesn’t fall into either of these categories, I don’t see any concern over wearing red 😂
If you had to pick one dress to buy that would be the most versatile for different types of weddings, what would it be?
A mid-length black dress–with a simple switch of footwear, you can wear it to any kind of wedding from back yard to black tie–like this one from Topshop (on sale for $33!) It’s perfect to wear for any season, too!
Do you have any advice when it comes to buying footwear for wedding season?
You definitely want something comfortable and versatile that will work for all kinds of settings. A nude sandal with a chunky heel or a wedge is definitely going to be your best bet–keep in mid, stilettos don’t work for any outdoor settings because they’ll sink in the grass or sand! Also, patent leather is always the safest bet because it cleans so much more easily than regular leather. See more details in the “shoe” section above!
Can I wear a jumpsuit to a wedding?
You definitely CAN wear a jumpsuit to a wedding if you’re the kind of person who loathes dresses. However, it really does need to be the RIGHT jumpsuit, otherwise you’ll look too casual and out of place. A feminine cut in drapy fabric is great. Also, black always looks more formal than any other color. I really like this one and this one! You’ll definitely want to wear it with a heel to offset the fact that jumpsuits are just more casual in general–flats would look too dressed-down and can run the risk of looking frumpy.
Is there anything totally off limits when it comes to what to wear to a wedding?
The only thing TOTALLY off the table is white. Honestly, even wearing a super pale color (very pale yellow, nearly white blush, for example) can be awkward because it certain light people will think you’re wearing white! If you’re the kind of person who might be self-conscious about that, just steer away from any color that could be interpreted as white. I would also be mindful of the setting–I’ve attended a 3pm church wedding before where girls were wearing outfits that looked more suitable for a Vegas bachelorette party–awkward! 😂
Do you have any more wedding guest attire questions? Leave them below!
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