Invited To An Outdoor Wedding This Spring Or Summer? Here's What To Wear.

February 15, 2016 by Linda DiProperzio
shefinds | Weddings

With the warmer weather on its way, many couples will be moving their ceremony and even reception outdoors. If you’re on the guest list to such an event, it can be hard to figure out exactly to wear. Here are some tips for putting together the perfect ensemble so you can enjoy the day.

Don’t wear white. For weddings after Memorial Day, it might be tempting to wear a shade of white to the wedding. While some etiquette rules have relaxed over the years, this isn’t one of them. It is never okay to wear white to a wedding unless the couple specifically requests it on the invite.

Go bright. An outdoor wedding is the perfect time to show up on some bold colors, or you can go for a print that will help you stand out from the crowd, such as a floral for a garden party or navy stripes for a preppy look.

Think beyond the dress. Yes, a beautiful dress is super simple to wear, but the warmer months means you can step out of that comfort zone a bit with your wedding guest attire. A flowy maxi skirt, dressy shorts or a capri pantsuit are all nice alternatives to the cocktail or sundress.

Don’t get dragged down. Wearing a long dress runs the risk of the bottom getting dragged on the ground, so a better choice is to choose something that hits right at the knee.

Skip the stockings. Sitting and dancing out in the heat with stockings is going to be seriously uncomfortable, so feel free to skip them altogether. Have pale legs? Put on a little self-tanner or bronzer to give yourself some color.

Get the right shoe. A pair of strappy sandals or wedges are perfect for walking outside.

Style your hair wisely. If it’s hot and humid, you’ll want to seriously consider pulling your hair back off your face and neck. A loose updo or sleek ponytail are both fun looks, and you can jazz both up with a beautiful headband, barrettes or even colorful bobby pins.

Think about a hat. If it’s a daytime event, you might want to invest in a beautiful hat that can shield you from the sun all day. Even a short amount of time outside can result in serious sunburn. Hate hats? Consider a pretty parasol instead.

Don’t overdo the makeup. You don’t need to pile on the makeup for a daytime wedding anyway, but the heat and humidity will also certainly wreak havoc with your overall look. You don’t want your makeup to melt off your face, so go light on liquid foundation and mascara–and finish off your look with a spritz of a makeup setting spray.

Bring your shades. Protect your peepers with a cool pair of shades. You don’t want to spend the entire day squinting!

Add some coverage. It can get chilly when the sun goes down–even in the summer–so bring along a wrap or sweater to keep you warm.

For more wedding tips, check out what to wear to a fall wedding and what to wear to a bridal shower.

[Photo: Style Me Pretty]





Linda DiProperzio is a weddings expert and freelance writer based in New York.

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