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The different types of summer weddings and what to wear to each of them

SUMMER WEDDING

With summer soon approaching, it is time to bring out our wedding outfits for weddings in the warm weather. The heat during this time makes choosing a suitable attire somewhat difficult, as we have to find a dress that is formal while still being comfortable. This style guide will run you through the different types of summer weddings that you can expect to attend, and what dress is appropriate for the style of wedding and also suitable for the weather.

Types of summer weddings

Formal weddings held at an indoor venue are standard fare in every weather, and the rules of dressing are the same. The reception is usually held in the evening, and in a classic banquet style hall or country club setting.

Another type of popular wedding style is the semi-formal or cocktail style wedding. This may be held indoors or outdoors, and can either be in the evening or in the afternoon. The wedding venue and theme should ideally determine your choice of attire for this type of wedding.

Casual weddings are a huge hit in summer, with the warm weather adding a natural and informal touch to every occasion, including weddings. These may be held indoors or outdoors. Some weddings may also be held outdoors while the reception is done indoors.

Beach weddings are a summer favorite. Although these come under the category of casual weddings, we think they deserve to be a category on their own since the dress code for beach weddings is somewhat different from all the other kinds of weddings.

Now, let us take a look at some general rules of dressing appropriately for any type of summer wedding.

Rules that apply to all types of summer weddings

We all know that summers can be warm, sometimes uncomfortably so. Nevertheless, you should always dress appropriately for a wedding in summer, however warm it may be. Be considerate of the other people at the party, and do not choose dresses that are skimpy or too revealing. It is likely that even a casual wedding may have elderly people and children attending, and you do not want to be the cause of any unwanted attention. Think of what you wouldn’t like others to wear to your own wedding, this will give you an idea of whether your dress choice is inappropriate for the function.

Jeans, shorts and tank tops are not appropriate attire for any wedding, whatever be the style. This rule applies even if the wedding is held at a beach, in a garden or the couple’s backyard. The same goes for plastic footwear too. After all, it is a wedding. You should at least make an effort to dress for it, and not turn up looking like you dropped in on your way to the store.

Apart from avoiding white (which is supposed to be the bride’s signature color), we also suggest that you avoid a dress in the color that the bridal party will be wearing, provided you know what it will be. There are no problems here, but we don’t think you would be too pleased to be mistaken as one of the bridesmaids after all the painstaking efforts you went through to pick your outfit for the wedding.

It is also a good idea to take the venue into consideration when you plan your makeup for the event. Use waterproof makeup and tone down the colors if it is an outdoor or daytime event. This will help you look fresh and charming. We also suggest that you visit this article on HowStuffWorks for more tips on what you should never, ever wear to a wedding.

Now, let’s move on to the more interesting part of what to wear to each of the weddings we listed above.

Black-tie or formal weddings

The general rules of dressing for formal weddings applies to this style of wedding in the summer as well. Aim for elegant and stylish gowns, and choose accessories that complement the dress. Floor-length gowns are the expected norm. However, you can also opt for a shorter dress as long as it is formal attire, and doesn’t look too informal or casual. Fitted silhouettes and A-line dresses with a signature detail are usually appropriate. Another choice is the Little Black dress, but make sure you dress it up so you look special and not like the ten other women wearing black.

One thing you should remember when choosing your full-length gown, is whether the fabric will be comfortable in the hot weather. Satin or polyester gowns may not be the best choice. You should instead look at cotton, chiffon or other breezy fabrics. Since the event will be held in the evening, you can choose deeper hues for your makeup, and add a few scintillating accessories to enhance your look. Just remember the standard rule: For a gown with plenty of details, keep the accessories simple. On the other hand, choose dressy accessories for a simple dress. The basic idea is to balance out your look, and not look too cluttered. Spend time to do your hair. You may like to keep it away from your face with a chic updo, as it will be both convenient and practical. Add a stunning clutch and pair of killer heels, and you are all set for the wedding.

Semi-formal weddings

This is a tough one to crack. It is difficult to say whether the wedding style leans more towards formal or towards casual, based on the information provided in the invitation. You can judge to a certain extent, based on the venue of the wedding. Nevertheless, it isn’t always straightforward if the wedding is held at a resort or a venue with multiple halls. Another thing to consider is the time of the event. If it is in the morning or afternoon, it is more likely to sway towards casual, while evening parties are usually more formal.

In either case, the best option is to choose a dress that is more formal, than it is casual. Cocktail dresses that end at the knee or slightly above are your best bet. But make sure that it is dressy and gives you a festive look. For daytime affairs, soft breezy fabrics in light pastels or dusty colors are a great choice. You can either choose a knee to calf-length dress or a two-piece dress, depending on what looks good. If it is in the evening, opt for darker colors and don’t hesitate to bring on the bling.

Semi-formal weddings open up a world of options in silhouettes, styles, necklines, sleeve lengths and hemlines. The jury is divided on whether pant-suits are suitable attire for semi-formal events. Since it is standard office attire, we think it’s best you let it go. Choose a dress that is more party-style instead. Go with what is trendy, or you can always pull out your safe and solid companion, the little black dress. A-line, fit and flare, and modern fit dresses are all quite popular now. You can choose an off-the-shoulder neckline, or one with a single shoulder strap for a trendy look. When choosing a sweetheart or strapless dress, add a pashmina or stole to your ensemble for the evening, in case it gets windy. For a semi-formal event, stick with heels or peep-toes for your footwear. Sandals and anything too casual are a definite no!

Casual wedding

Do you think anything goes for a casual summer wedding? Unfortunately no! The original rules of never wearing jeans, shorts, tank tops or flip-flops to any wedding applies here as well. Never, ever pull out your formal full-length gown for this wedding, or you will end up looking overdressed. Instead, patterned dresses, plain frocks in fun breezy fabrics and short dresses that are modest, should be your choice.

Make sure that your choice of dress is suitable for the venue where the wedding is being held. Lace dresses are perfect for garden or outdoor weddings. Sparkle is alright, but do it with style and don’t go overboard with it. Choose fabrics like cotton and chiffon to feel comfortable and look good in. The current trend is to go for ballooning, loose-fitting garments, and if you find one that looks great on your frame, wear it. A skirt and blouse are also suitable for casual weddings.

If you are lost for choices, and are worried whether you will end up looking too casual, choose to wear business casual. That way, you can’t go wrong. Make sure you pack a punch by choosing interesting accessories like dangling hoop earrings or a nice chunky necklace to go with your dress. Footwear can either be wedges, peep toe sandals or kitten heels. You can accessorize with a matching scarf, which can double up as a wrap, when it gets too windy in the evening. For outdoor events, it is best to stick with nude makeup and a simple hair style that keeps your hair off your face. You can comfortably let your hair down if the event is held indoors, and also go with darker make-up colors. Casual style usually means minimal makeup and hair styling. So, just enhance your look, and don’t go decked up for a ball.

Beach wedding

The favorite summer style wedding, beach or destination weddings are huge and happening in today’s wedding world. Since the location is definitely outdoors, there are a number of factors to consider when planning your attire for a beach wedding. Firstly, it is going to be hot and sometimes humid, so your choice of fabric is more important than at any other wedding. You will be spending time on the sand, so your choose comfortable footwear. With limited control over the wind and weather, it is best that you are prepared for it with an appropriate hairstyle and suitable makeup. Nevertheless, beach weddings are lots of fun, and one of the most casual styles. So, experiment with what you will wear, and let your personality shine through your dress choice.

Think of summer on the beach, and tea or knee-length cotton dresses come to mind instantly. Dreamy, flowing fabric and short hemlines are regulars at beach weddings. Bring on bright colors and patterns with Bohemian, Aztec prints or anything that you love. Vintage-inspired striped and polka dot dresses are also appropriate, and even chic. Soft pastels and dusty hues look great on short chiffon dresses. Patterned cotton and lace are also great choices. This is your chance to show off your fresh new tan with a beautiful sleeveless or strapless dress. Halter necklines and ruffles are also pleasant and perfect for beaches.

Maxi dresses are another excellent choice. Just remember that you will be walking in the sand, so stick to a length that is just right. Your accessories should add to your look, and it is best to opt for natural cut stones or chunky earthy colors in your accessories. Large statement earrings and burlap or jute clutches or totes are great as accessories. Keep the makeup to a minimum and fix your hair well with a suitable hairstyle that stays in one place and you do not end up looking disheveled. To walk comfortably, choose flat heels or sandals with a festive touch of color or sparkling embellishments.

Now that we have all the different types of summer weddings covered, you know what you should stock your wardrobe with, to be ready for this warm wedding season. Visit us at Best for Bride for a stunning variety of evening dresses and dresses for special occasions. With varieties for every type of wedding we just saw here, you are bound to find all the dresses you require, for attending every wedding this season. Not only are all the dresses pictured here part of our splendid collection, we have much more to suit your taste. And if you are busy planning your own wedding, check out our different wedding services and find everything you need. For more wedding tips, fashion advice and everything wedding-related, keep visiting us at Best for Bride.

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A quick and simple tip to help you pick your rehearsal dinner dress

Isn’t wedding shopping funny in a way? You have always dreamed of going on this shopping spree, where you buy beautiful dresses that will help you shine. Then the time is finally here and you are soon getting fed up of choosing the many dresses to wear to all your wedding-related events.

Many brides are exhausted by the time they have picked their wedding gown, accessories and bridesmaids dresses. And then, there is the added job of choosing your hen party dress, bridal shower dress and the rehearsal dinner dress. Nevertheless, your rehearsal dinner dress is an important outfit. As this article on the Huffington Post mentions, it is a part of the wedding dream and shouldn’t be overlooked.

So, if you are in this situation, we have a quick and easy tip to help you choose your rehearsal dinner dress without stressing too much over it: Match your outfit to the type of party you have planned.

Here are some ideas for what dresses would be suitable for different types of parties.

Formal dinner party

If your rehearsal dinner is to be held at a posh hotel or at a country club, you should ideally wear an evening gown which is sophisticated and elegant. Going by the venue, you can assume that your guests will be dressed their best, so you do not want to risk looking too simple. Go for a bold color, or for a stunning silhouette. If your gown is simple, dress it up with bold and big accessories. Just remember to keep the look elegant, as you want to look beautiful and not flashy.

Semi-formal

Two things to remember: err on the side of elegance, and don’t aim for simplicity. There are plenty of splendid cocktail gowns that are suitable for a semi-formal dinner. Choose the length to show off your best features and make sure that you camouflage the features you are not so proud of. Find a dress silhouette that is best for your body shape and a color that enhances your facial features. Make sure you stand out from the rest of the women at the party by choosing great accessories and doing your hair and makeup very well.

Casual

Opt for either a bold colored and chic short dress or a patterned gown with ruffles or interesting textures. You can also choose a skirt and blouse, but match them so the look is effortless. Just because the affair is casual, don’t dress up in anything too revealing.

This is an occasion when you may be meeting many of the groom’s relatives for the first time and this is your chance to impress. Play with patterns and textures, and add just the right amount of bling to stand out from the crowd. Add interesting accessories, like a statement necklace or chandelier earrings, that emphasize your best features, and you will nail the look.

To choose a splendid dress for your rehearsal dinner, whatever be the type of party, visit our Evening Dress section at Best for Bride, and you are bound to find one that you love.

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Our favorite Fall and Winter color trends in Evening gowns

Embellished dresses, color blocked designs, fringe fashion and sharp colors were all the rage on the fashion runways for this fall and winter. Along with these, there were also new and fresh updates to the color palettes for the cooler months. Take a look at our favorites, and make sure to pick your next evening gown keeping these colors in mind for an updated and chic look.

Teal for party wear

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Teal, or a jade teal to be precise, was showcased on the runways for the first time ever, and was a huge hit. It is a colour that is striking and has sophisticated charm. Also, teal is a color that looks great on satins and silks, making it the perfect choice for evening gowns and cocktail dresses. With a color so striking and one that works beautifully with both short and long dresses, all you need is a pair of diamond studs to complete your look.

Muted powder pink and ice blue pastels

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Pastels are still in, but with an interesting variation. The colors this year were muted or almost greyed-out, for a “barely-there” effect. If you are having a winter or autumn wedding and want your bridesmaids wearing the trends of the year, go with muted powder pink or ice-blue. Ice blue is a new entree into the fashion scene, and has been spotted everywhere, from gowns to blouses and footwear. Pair it with black, white or bright colors for a striking effect. Other pastel choices include dusty pink and smokey purple.

Sunny orange to warm up the chills

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Generous doses of orange added splashes of color to the wintry scene on every catwalk. The color choices varied from lively clementine to sunny orange. While the darker and dusty oranges were paired with browns and blacks, a more vibrant mix was orange paired with blues and purples. Consider this tropical color for your evening gown or cocktail dress, if you want a touch of summer in winter. It also goes well with camel, which is the other hit color this season.

Camel as the new neutral

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A masculine color that is slowly gaining popularity among women, camel was seen everywhere in both outerwear, dresses and capes on the runway. It was also featured in premium outerwear and well-tailored suits.While the general winter palette had reds and browns, camel added a stunning signature look to a variety of evening dresses and frocks. A colour that easily blends in with any ensemble, it is stylish, yet unobtrusive. If not an evening gown, you could get your winter coat in this colour, or choose your footwear in this shade and pair it with a red, orange or brown dress to keep up with the trends.

Sophistication with grey

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Grey was the choice for formal and office wear. It was kept monochrome in most designs, but interesting with the addition of texture and designs. If it is a formal work-related party, choose your evening wear in grey. Charcoal grey with shimmery accents were a trendsetter.

To choose your evening dress in any of these colors, or in any other, visit us at Best for Bride.

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Practical Dressing tips for wedding guests

It is not only the bride who has trouble deciding what to wear to her wedding. Most wedding guests also spend a lot of time worrying over what to wear to a wedding, how they will look in what they choose and whether it would be appropriate for the type of wedding.

Fortunately, it isn’t too difficult to choose a dress that will be right. All you have to do is follow cues from the invitation and pay attention to the time of the wedding and the venue. Here are some tips to help you dress to impress.

The differences between dressing for an evening ceremony and an afternoon one

If the ceremony is in the evening, it is appropriate to wear cocktail dresses or gowns. This is your chance to experiment with color, texture and pattern. If you would like to stand out from the rest of the crowd, wear a bold color. For weddings that are held before five, a simple dress would be better. Afternoon and morning weddings are usually not very formal affairs. So, stay away from long flowing gowns and extra embellishments in which you will look over-dressed.

Choose a vivid color for maximum impact

Jade, magenta, teal and clementine are bold colors. Bring out your personality with a color that complements your skin tone, and you needn’t worry too much about the rest of the details. Just remember that you should never upstage the bride with your choice of dress. To be on the safe side, avoid colors like cream, white and ivory. When choosing printed dresses, go for classic designs that will drape beautifully. Chiffon and cotton are good fabric choices.

Go for classic silhouettes to look elegant

When choosing the silhouette of your dress, choose one that is appropriate for the venue. If you choose a strapless dress for a church wedding, it may be a good idea to wear a mock bolero or pashmina over your shoulders, till the reception. If your dress is in a bold color like teal or emerald, go with a classic A-line silhouette or fit and flare gown. For loud colors, keep the embellishments simple to avoid a cluttered look.

Accessorize appropriate to scale and color

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Weddings are the best occasions to bring on chunky statement necklaces, dangling chandelier earrings and killer heels. Just remember that you do not want to have too many elements that grab attention, or you will spoil the entire effect. If your dress is a stunner, keep the accessories simple. On the other hand, if your dress is relatively simple, play with oversize accessories to dress it up.

Remember that you can always wear an evening dress to more than one occasion, and create an entirely different look with it based on how you style it. Mix and match accessories, change your makeup and hairstyle every time, and you will always look unique.

We have a stunning collection of evening dresses at Best for Bride. Visit us today to find the one that you will be wearing to the next wedding you plan to attend.