You just got the invite, now what? Count the times you've seen guests go into a panic when they have no idea what to wear. No worries! Whether you're attending your bestie's seaside nuptials or a wedding at The Ritz during the holidays you can easily check out all your options for showing up and looking beautiful. Unless the invite specifies casual, semi-formal or formal you’ll have to either ask or figure it out on your own. Venue and the bride’s gown are big rule of thumb factors. If you know the bride is going to be in an Amsale ball gown, walking down the aisle of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral with a reception at the Plaza, you’re definitely going formal. Where I live (San Francisco Bay Area) sometimes guests show up dressed 'California Casual' no matter what the season or venue. On the other hand, when I lived in New York everyone went a little more cosmopolitan and dressed according to season. While we're all connected to a particular region with a friend and family network, most differ so here are a few guidelines:
SUMMER AFTERNOON WEDDING
The perfect green for a mid-summer afternoon can go surprisingly formal or casual
SUMMER RESORT WEDDING
There are so many of these weddings come summertime along the coasts and lakesides. Cotton and warm weather are buddies once you're in this great dress.
AUTUMN AFTERNOON WEDDING
Even though these are officially bridesmaid dresses, I see them in almost any setting, formal or semi-formal. So versatile and perfect in a church ceremony, hotel or even garden wedding.