According to Sound Vision, approximately 2.3 million couples get married in the United States every year. Summer is a popular season for weddings, and chances are, if there is a summer ceremony in your future, you are agonizing over what to wear. Following a few simple rules will ensure you are appropriately and stylishly dressed for any type of summer wedding.
Here are a few dos and don'ts to keep in mind the next time you are picking out a dress for a summer wedding ceremony.
Do Ask the Bride If You Are Confused About the Dress Code
Check the wedding invitation for any clues about what to wear. Typically, the bride and groom will give you general guidelines, such as "dress casually" or "black tie optional." Contact the bride, groom, or one of their close friends or relatives and ask for additional advice about what to wear if you can't figure out the proper attire from the invitation.
Here are a few additional tips to help you dress appropriately, based upon the bride and groom's wishes:
Evening weddings are typically more formal. Weddings after 5 or 6 pm are typically more formal than day weddings. A cocktail dress is an appropriate option in this case.
Avoid showing too much skin. When in doubt, dress conservatively, even if the weather is hot.
Stick to summer colors. Bright, bold colors are a great option. Consider coral, bright yellow, or a bold pink.
Steer clear of white, cream, or other similar tones, unless it states on the invitation the bride wants everyone in these colors.
Don't Forget to Consider the Weather
Keep an eye on the forecast and dress appropriately for the temperatures and forecast. For example, if it is going to be hot and humid, choose lighter fabrics, such as linen, cotton, or chiffon. A pair of heels is a great option for an indoor wedding, no matter what the weather. However, if you are outside and there is a chance of rain, or if you are attending a wedding or reception in a remote area, stick with flats or a small heel.
Bring along a fan, if you are heading to an indoor or an outdoor wedding. The church might be hot and don't expect to find a seat with shade. Grab an umbrella and a coat if there is rain in the forecast. A shawl or a sweater is a great option if you are attending an evening wedding and the temperatures are expected to drop.
Do Set a Budget
Whether the event is casual or formal, always create a budget and stick to it. For example, if you are strapped for cash, ask a friend or family member to loan you a dress. Check out consignment stores as well. Don't forget to include the price of accessories and shoes in the budget as well. You don't need to spend a small fortune to look amazing at any ceremony.
Don't Forget to Buy the Right Undergarments
Finally, while you are shopping for an amazing dress, don't forget that nothing makes a chiffon cocktail dress or a cotton jumpsuit fit perfectly and hug every curve like the right undergarments. For example, if you are wearing a strapless dress, make sure to purchase a strapless bra or strapless shapewear that fits properly and doesn't bunch or fall down.
For bodycon or form-fitting dresses, wearing a shaping slip or high-waisted shaping underwear is a great way to create a sleek silhouette.
From making sure to dress according to the bride and groom's wishes to setting and budget and buying the right undergarments or shapewear, when it comes to dressing for a summer wedding, there are several dos and don'ts to keep in mind. For more information, contact a retailer who sells wedding guest dresses.