Wedding guest attire!

One of my top picks for this wedding season are long flowy pattern dresses. Shop the look here:https://www.lulus.com/products/mandala-daydream-blue-print-maxi-dress/284142.html

It’s May which means you probably have some weddings scheduled this month or next or every month this summer if you are me! It’s such a fun time to see friends, celebrate love, maybe get out of town, do some dancing, and get dressed up!

However, I think there are a few do’s and don’ts for attending weddings concerning attire. These are loose do’s and don’ts but we have all been to that wedding where a guest broke the cardinal rule: No girl shall wear white except the bride. So, to save you any troubles this season I’m going lay them right out there.

I’m obsessed with off the shoulder dresses and coral so this dress from Forever 21 is a home run for me! It has the new off the shoulder sleeves that do NOT ride up! Way better! Shop the look here:  http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=f21&Category=promo-wedding-shop-guest&ProductID=2000139768&VariantID=

 

 

Do:

Dress up! Don’t go casual if it is not listed on the invite as casual. It’s actually disrespectful. It’s much better to be overdressed than underdressed.

 

Do:

Match the venue or theme. Vineyard think flowy and long (maybe floral!). Vegas think short and colourful with some sparkle. Black tie think something long and slinky: I like red or black for these occasions. Barn wedding? Maybe more casual and comfortable! An off the shoulder dress with wedges would work wonderfully!

This was a dress a got for a New Years Eve wedding from H&M last year.
This is a great summer red dress alternative also from H&M! Only $69.99 found here: http://www.hm.com/us/product/68222?article=68222-A&cm_vc=SEARCH

Do:

Match your date. But don’t go overboard. Think subtle. Tie, bowtie or handkerchief. Personally, I think shirt is too much.

I love this bright colour, the cut. and think it would be perfect for almost any venue this summer!  Find it here: http://us.asos.com/asos/asos-open-side-kimono-sleeve-maxi-dress/prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=7568056&clr=Hotpink&SearchQuery=maxi+dresses+for+women&pgesize=36&pge=0&totalstyles=2184&gridsize=3&gridrow=3&gridcolumn=2

Do:

Stand out. Do your research. Be excited about your outfit! I love colour! I love pattern! There is no need to blend in and be a wallflower (please tell me you know the meaning of that lol). It’s not everyday you get to get this dressed up! Embraced it!

I love a dress with a high slit and long sleeves! It’s a great balance!

Do:

Be comfortable! This is literally my #1 style tip above all else! And to feel beautiful! You just have to manage it in style! Find something that can work for both! Find a dress/pantsuit/outfit that is true to who you are and that you can dance the night away in! If you are uncomfortable you won’t enjoy yourself! If your hemline keeps riding up, your heels are killing you, your bra is peaking out your mind is not going to be on enjoying yourself!

This is a beach coverup from Victoria Secret I threw over my Lulus dress. Great for chilly evenings! I love wearing wedges to summer weddings especially ones outside because they don’t sink into the ground and they are comfy!

Don’t

WEAR WHITE. WEAR BEIGE. WEAR OFF WHITE. It’s never okay and it makes it seem like you want to be the bride or the centre of attention!

Don’t

Wear something you would wear to work, the club (It is a formal event so lets treat it that way), or date night (unless your date nights are significantly fancier than mine). This is the time to splurge on a new outfit that is gorgeous! Or I love the idea of borrowing one from a friend that you have been eyeing! Also vintage stores always have great finds for a more unique look!

These wedges from Asos are perfect for just about any dress, I love the lace up detail and the beige colour! Way more comfy than regular heels too! Only $56! Shop them here: http://us.asos.com/asos/asos-team-player-tie-leg-wedges/prd/7431538?iid=7431538&clr=Natural&cid=10266&pgesize=30&pge=0&totalstyles=30&gridsize=3&gridrow=5&gridcolumn=3

Don’t

Forget the details! Earnings, shoes, and bag are just as important and fun to shop for and to add to your ensemble as the main piece. In fact sometimes I work my way out! I start with statement earrings and find things that would go with them!

 

These come in 5 colours! I love the blue! Super into pom poms this season! Shop them here:  https://www.baublebar.com/product/31808-havana-pom-pom-earrings?sku=31911

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What are the right wedding shoes for you?

 

Something I have spent so much time thinking about lately is how to accessorize my wedding dress. After I bought my dress I immediately started to look for wedding shoes to go with it!

Because of the way my dress is designed, it has a slit in the front, my wedding shoes will be very visible so all the more emphasis was placed on what shoes I should get.

I considered blue shoes.

I love the idea of having your “something blue” as your shoes! These ones by Kate Spade are perfect because of the satin material giving a fancier vibe. I’m obsessed with bows on shoes right now, which add uniqueness and elegance. I also love that the heel isn’t too high, perfect for dancing all night!

 

I considered something simple as well to keep the focus on my dress. These are from http://www.revolve.com/

These are by Raye on Revolve and are the most perfect nude shade heel. Great colour, perfect height, and would go with any dress…including honeymoon outfits!

I thought about a white pair to be completely matching.

These white Schutz heels are so amazing! I love the rope details that wrap around your ankle! Sometimes matchy matchy is a no no but I think white heels on your wedding is a big YES!

I also loved so many flats as I thought they would be the most comfortable and I would wear them again and again.

Flats are becoming so big on the wedding scene! There are some amazing styles from funky to something super classic like these ones I found on Etsy by Lily Bridal Shoes.

 

I ultimately went with the pair that simply caught my eye first, that seemed stylish but elegant. That look bridal, special, and unique. That (cheesy) made my heart skip a beat!

These were the ones immediately for me, they are slightly high, so I have another pair for dancing later. But they are everything I wanted on the style front! I wanted something to match my ring and my earrings and to add some sparkle as my dress is all lace! I cant’t wait to see the look all come together!

Wedding: Buying your wedding dress online!

This dress was gorgeous but slightly heavy on the bottom for me.

So, to be honest the first time I went wedding dress shopping was ONLINE! I had laid eyes on a Grace Loves Lace wedding dress before I was even engaged and it was everything I could ask for in a dress and more (https://graceloveslace.com.au/). I knew I didn’t want poof, frills, sparkles, or TYPICAL. I did know I wanted comfortable, classic, stylish, sexy, slightly boho, and for it to go with my venue which is a vineyard in Niagara on the Lake. Maybe this sounds like a tall order but when I saw MY GLL dress it was everything I had dreamed up in my wedding vision of what I would look like as a bride one day! Grace Loves Lace designs all their wedding dresses with French lace and is handmade in Australia (how amazing and unique for those of us in North America!) But I couldn’t exactly make it to their store (they recently opened one in L.A. too)!

So, this one isn’t done justice by the picture. I actually loved it! It was slightly ripped and make-up smeared but a new one would have been perfection! It was just too fancy for my venue and not completely ME!

This is why I opted to hit BUY on an online wedding dress instead of going into a tradition-wedding boutique. I actually got all the feels and even called my mom crying and gushing over how lucky I felt to have purchased my DREAM dress! I never once looked back or felt nervous! When you know, you just know! Grace Loves Lace was it for me!

This dress has all the wow factors but I felt like I had seen it before and it was not the relaxed style I was going for.

However, just because I got the dream dress does not mean I felt like I got the dream girls day out! When I was home for a few days one of my amazing bridesmaids who loves wedding dress shopping enough to work at Kleinfeld’s suggested I get the real bridal experience of wedding dress shopping! So, my Mama, my besty, and I went to one of the biggest bridal stores in Canada! I have to say this was a nice amount of people to have, as it wasn’t too many opinions (We have all seen those episodes of ‘Say Yes to the Dress’)! Tip: Do your hair and makeup the day you go wedding dress shopping! You want to feel beautiful and to be able to picture the way you will look on your wedding day!

This is one of Grace Loves Lace gorgeous wedding dresses to give you an idea of their designs but is not THE ONE I went with. See my whole look come together in July! How effortless and classic is the lace? The split? The draped sleeves? I picture some exquisitely interesting bride wearing this at a wedding in Italy, sipping the finest red wine, while lost in the energy of the evening!
For some reason this wedding dress really made me smile! If I was having 10 dresses this would be 1 of them! I loved the different take on the typical ballgown and every girl who is anti-ballgown (me) should try one on just to see! But make sure you take a picture because I felt like a princess in this dress but it was not the original vision I had set out on and when I saw this picture I could tell the dress wore me.

I did inform the girl I already had my dream dress but I was looking for something similar to see what it would look like on and that I also still truly needed a veil. We had an amazing day of trying on dresses, taking pictures, and me feeling spoiled with love and everything bridal! The BEST part was none of the dresses compared to what I feel for my Grace Loves Lace wedding dress, so I was still sure I had purchased the perfect one!

I had to try this dress on because I LOVE long sleeve wedding dresses but my wedding is in July so it just won’t work. Stay tuned to see what my alternative was to this due to my obsession with beautiful sleeves on brides!

Moral of the story: You can have it all!