What to Wear as a Wedding Guest

It's apparently that awkward time in my life where I'm supposed to grow up but I still feel like a kid. Perfect example was last weekend. My former best friend from high school got married and I attended her wedding…it was super weird. A couple people I knew from high school and the early days of college were there with their husbands and I kept getting the question "So…I guess you'll be next…" as I was standing their with my date: my boyfriend of over four years. I guess it is odd that we've been together this long, both college grads, working in the same city and have yet to talk about getting engaged…but at 23, I still feel like I'm so far off from all that.

Anyways, if I learned anything last weekend it's that weddings are fun! Especially when it isn't family weddings your forced to stand through with your hair all done up as an 8 year old (I got in trouble for getting on my cousins trampoline in my flower girl dress with my hair done up…oops). 

Regardless, picking out the perfect wedding guest outfit is definitely a new to me, but with the amount of my Facebook friends posting photos of themselves staring longingly into each others eyes with chalkboards with dates on them…I guess I'll have some shopping to do over the next few years! Here's some tips I learned to help you kick off your wedding season.

Scallop Dress || Clutch || Lipstick || Necklace || Earrings || Sandals || Blue Dress

A bright and fun colored dress is perfect for a spring or summer wedding, add pair of stripy heels and some bright coral lipstick and you've got a great summer party look! I love the blue Kate Spade dress shown here with a bright lip and earrings and a big statement necklace! You definitely can't go wrong with a sparkly and fun clutch (and the frog prince detail is just too perfect)!

Don't wear black! Unless you plan on dressing it up with some color (or for a winter wedding). I totally didn't know of this old rule until I was researching wedding dress codes since the attire wasn't on the invitation. Apparently, black used to be like white…totally off limits but because it's the color of mourning and can be seen as an insult to the couple. Before you put on that swanky LBD, be sure you know the couple and the family.

Don't overdress or underdress, true for any event, but especially a wedding. You definitely don't want to upstage the bride and dressing too casual would just seem sloppy.

Get to the ceremony early. "If you're on time, you're late," totally holds true here. Be sure to show up at least 15-30 minutes early to grab a seat!

What are your tips?