It is always better to be slightly underdressed. – Coco Chanel

July 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

Being in the business of weddings, I get the chance to see hundreds of people each weekend come through our venue. Among every group we have, there is a variety of people. Some will be dressed to the nines, some in their Sunday best, and on one occasion recently, I saw shorts, which is so not right. I wonder what goes through a guest’s mind when they are getting dressed to come to a wedding most likely at a place where they’ve never been before. Church weddings and ballroom receptions aren’t the only venues anymore, so it complicates the wardrobe selection a bit. We are a primarily outdoor facility, so here are some tips on how to dress for a garden wedding.

Brides and Grooms, you may want to specify “garden wedding” on your invitation

This gives the guests an idea of how to prepare for the weather elements as well. In the winter/early spring, they may need a coat. In the summer, dress for the heat.

Guests, when you receive your invitation, do some research on the wedding location.

Most venues have a website, so take a look at venue’s ceremony and reception facilities. The wedding and reception may be all outdoor or partially outdoor/indoor. This can be a huge determining factor in how you dress.

Girls, if you go to a wedding at an outdoor facility, pay attention to your shoes.

If you want to wear some sort of heel, you might want to go with a wedge. We all know stilettos and grass don’t go well together. You may even consider a stylish flat of some sort.

Guys, a suit works great.

You definitely don’t want to go any dressier than a suit. I think ties are optional too.

The less to carry, the better.

Girls, you really don’t need to bring much. Try to scale down to a clutch or a wristlet if you can. Going through a buffet or getting out on the dance floor can be tough with a big bag.

Remember, it’s not about you.

You never want to out dress the bride and groom or wedding party. Keep it simple and classy because you are at the wedding to support and celebrate.



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