Hello again! It’s me, Deidre from Love, The Skinnys. Last month I was talking about Easter Color Blocking. If you still don’t have an Easter dress for this Sunday go check it out! This month I am focusing on the entire wedding season that is sneaking up this very second.
It seems like everyone is getting engaged and sending out their wedding invitations. With wedding season coming so quickly we all need to start thinking about what sort of items are appropriate for wedding attire. And we also need to make sure we have the right items in our closet, or on their way into our closet! Here are my top 10 dresses for wedding guests under $50 and a few rules to go with them.
So now that I have shown you some dresses that I love, let me show you the top 5 rules to consider what you are wearing to the wedding. These are things I always take into consideration, and on my wedding day I hoped people would also consider.
1. Do not wear white. This one should be very obvious. Whites and creams are reserved for the bride. Let her have her special day and the color that represents it. With all the colors in your closet there has to be something that won’t make you look like the jr. bride. I feel like I shouldn’t even have to mention it, but we had some wedding crashers at our reception in California that showed up and one of the girls was wearing a tight white mini dress… Don’t be that girl.
2. Dress for the location. Be aware of your surroundings. If it is outdoors and potenitlaly on grass, avoid heels. You don’t want to be aerating the grass. If it is indoors in the middle of summer, avoid long sleeves or you might stink up the joint. Pay attention to where the wedding and reception will be held to make the wedding comfortable for you too.
3. Wear comfy shoes. New shoes at a wedding are only a good option when you know you will be sitting the entire time. But most weddings have a standing only reception, a receiving line, or a dance party at the end of the night. You don’t want to be the guest sitting on the sideline or begging for a chair once the ceremony ends.
4. Avoid sparkles, sequins, and clubwear. Anything too tight, revealing, or attention grabbing is disrespectful. A wedding is a moment to celebrate for the two in love, not to try and grab the attention of all those around you. Be modest in your outfit to show respect to the people that invited you to share their special day.
5. No jeans. This is a wedding, not a day at the mall. Dress for the occasion. It all comes back to respecting the sacredness of someone’s special day. Would you want someone to show up to your party in jeans?
When I was younger I never totally understood the importance of dressing nice for a wedding. I always fought with my parents about changing into a dress. “Why can’t I just wear what I already have on!?” Was always a question. And I always wanted to wear my “cool new jeans” or my “awesome new tee-shirt” so you can imagine how frustrated I was when they would always tell me to go put on a nice dress. But now that I am older and I have had my own wedding I totally get it.
Because the way we dress effects the way we act. And the way we act effects those around us. Beyond those few bad seeds that crashed my wedding, everyone else looked beautiful and appropriate and I was so grateful for that. So why not take the time to get the perfect wedding guest dress to keep in your closet? You don’t have to spend a boat load and you will always show respect and love for those getting married. Do you have any weddings to attend already on the books for this summer?