Etiquette Behind Wedding Attire: How Do You Know What to Wear?

Have you ever been invited to a wedding and wondered, “What should I wear?” You’re not alone. In fact, there is etiquette behind the answer. While it is obvious that you don’t want to show up dressed like the bride, we don’t want you to be stumped. Here is a guide to help you find the perfect outfit.

Casual

Casual weddings are based on a few factors. If you are confused based on the invitation alone, consider the couple. Are they the type to throw a formal event, or is their personality more suited to a casual get-together? Here are also a few giveaways that can help you prepare.

Morning weddings – typically weddings that take place early in the day provide a more casual setting. No need for cocktail dresses or stilettos. A pretty, and tasteful sundress with casual pumps or sandals are typically OK unless otherwise noted. Avoid flip flops, even in the most laid back of settings.

Outdoor weddings – An event taking place outside is likely to require clothing and shoes that make it easy to move on varying surfaces. Flip-flops are still out of the question but also avoid shoes that are difficult to maneuver on grass, cobblestone, or pavers with large gaps. This is also a time to find a dress or suit that will not expose too much bare skin if caught unexpectedly by the wind.

Beach weddings – While oceanfront weddings typically rank at the top of the causal wedding list, this is not the time for shorts, T-shirt, tanks and flip-flops. Remember, this is still an important celebration where your respect is a must. Pretty hats, sunglasses, flowing dresses that cannot accidentally expose too much skin are acceptable. This is also not a great time to show up in a fancy cocktail dress and pumps. You can also feel out of place when overdressed as you can underdressed.

Dressy

Formal weddings typically occur later in the day or early evening. However, depending on the venue, there may be a few exceptions.  When in doubt, just ask. Here are a few factors that may be a sign that it is best to dress in your Sunday best.

Church weddings – What would your grandmother want you to wear to a church service? Consider that question when you are selecting your attire. The rule of thumb is to dress up more for weddings occurring in the late afternoon or early evening. Even church weddings that occur earlier in the day require semi-formal attire that is a little dressier than an early outdoor or beach event. If occurring over the warmer months, you can get away with dressy sandals early in the day.

Evening weddings – Evening weddings are typically the most formal, especially for sit-down dinner receptions. This is the time to show off that fancy cocktail dress, gorgeous new shoes and clutch you’ve been dying to pull out of the closet. As long as your dress is tasteful and doesn’t match the bride, wear it with pride.

Unique Rehearsal Dinner Ideas

Rehearsal dinners are coordinated for a purpose. Tradition states that the groom’s family plans and covers the cost of this event. Held the evening before your wedding and following a brief practice of your wedding ceremony, this dinner allows time for the wedding party, close friends, and family to celebrate the couple in an intimate setting. There is more time to toast, share stories or videos, and wish the couple a lifetime of happiness prior to the big event. If you are searching for unique ideas for your rehearsal dinner, here are a few that will inspire.

Host a backyard barbeque. For a casual atmosphere, consider a backyard barbeque. Whether the dinner is potluck or catered, this environment will keep things easy going and stress-free so the couple can unwind from months of hectic planning.

Enjoy a night of fine dining. Some couples prefer a more upscale rehearsal dinner. If you want to dress up and enjoy a luxurious night out at a popular restaurant, this is the time to do it!

Host a cocktail party. Set up like a wedding, some couple like the idea of serving fancy appetizers, cocktails, and even a sit-down dinner or buffet. If you really want to splurge, hire someone to provide background music to enhance the celebration.

Create a theme. Sure, everyone is gathered for one central purpose, but spruce up the excitement and serve your guest with a theme in mind. Provide food, cocktails, and décor that match your motif.

Add in the extras. Outside of dinner and toasting, add an element of fun that everyone can enjoy. Bring in a photo booth and save the pictures for your album, hire a magician to entertain the crowd, or even play some silly games that involve everyone there. The sky is the limit!

 

Amazing Spring Wedding Ideas

Spring is such a beautiful time of year, and a great time to tie the knot!   The flowers are in bloom and love is certainly in the air. If you are planning…or hoping for… a Spring wedding, here are a few ideas to get you inspired.

Bright colors
Spring is all about colors. Flowers are in bloom and bright hues are everywhere you turn. This is the perfect time of year to compliment nature and spruce up your wedding with some color pops of your own. Whether you have a color theme in mind, or just want to add flare, you can’t go wrong with mixing all things bright.

Flowers everywhere
When you think of spring , more than likely you think of new life. Take advantage of nature and incorporate floral arrangements in untraditional places.

Cool refreshments
When the sun is shining, a cool refreshment is always nice to help you enjoy your surroundings. Jazz up your reception with unique cocktails (or mocktails) that compliment your theme. Anything infused with fruit will do the trick!

Hanging Decorations
Décor that hangs from the ceiling are always a beautiful way to fill space and add elegance to a spring wedding. Lanterns, decorated chandeliers, ribbon, and florals are beautiful accents to an outdoor or indoor space.

Cocktail and Appetizer Ideas for Your Reception

Now that you have officially tied the knot, it is time to party!  We have researched the best appetizer and cocktail ideas that are sure to make your wedding reception a festivity to remember.

Cocktail Ideas

First things first.  Once your guests make their way to your reception, one of the primary places they will seek out is the bar.  Let your beverage selections speak romance too!

  1. Spruce Up the Champagne

    Champagne is the signature beverage of celebration and there are many ways to mix it up.  Consider a Mimosa Bar and let your guests choose how they want their champagne blended.

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  2. Frozen Cocktail Treats

    If you are having a summer wedding, you will be happy to know that the new cocktail trend is certain to cool things down!  Frozen cocktails are becoming a hit for many brides.  They can blend a variety of flavors and look quite fancy!

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  3. Drink Your Dessert

    After the cake is cut and your guests are ready to indulge their sweet tooth, include a dessert cocktail for them to enjoy as well!  Consider adding Chocolate Martinis, White Russians, or Mudslides to your dessert bar. These options are sweet and refreshing.

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Appetizer Ideas

Now that your guests have their cocktail in hand, it is time to give them a snack while you and the groom are smiling for the camera and they are waiting for the main dish.

  1. Include the Salad

    For those health-conscious guests who always eat their five servings of vegetables a day, appetizer salads are quite a hit!  Not all wedding entrees include a salad selection, so this is a creative way to include those extra greens.

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  2. Roll It Up

    Finger sandwiches are simple to prepare and serve.  These tasty appetizers can also be prepared in advance, making your food prep less stressful.  Roll up sandwiches are also easy for your guests to grab while they mingle before you and the groom make your first appearance.

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  3. Chips and Salsa

    Chips and Salsa are always a pre-dinner favorite and can easily be easily incorporated into your appetizer selection.  Choose a variety of salsa flavors and be sure to provide plenty of chips!

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The cocktail hour of your reception is a wonderful time to get creative and celebrate your favorite snack foods.  Have fun with your choices and give your guests the opportunity to indulge with you!