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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.

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?


  1. These are such great tips! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

  2. I definitely love a bright dress for a summer wedding, it lets you make a statement without taking away attention from the bride.

  3. Great tips! Wearing black is a huge no-no: I usually like wearing pastels like blush pink or mint. They are feminine and pretty but don't steal the spotlight like a loud print would.
    Julia // Little Miss Haute Couture

  4. Great ideas! Interesting that you aren't supposed to wear black. I usually love an LBD for a wedding

    Michelle Paige

  5. Love the blue dress! I host a fashion link up every week and would love you to stop by and join in :) http://bit.ly/1JiayTO

  6. This is an incredibly beautiful space to have a wedding reception. The space at San Francisco wedding venues is a long hall with a few side rooms (perfect for dancing and hor d'oeuvres). The windows at the end of the hall led to magnificently gorgeous panoramic views of the city.