Afternoon Wedding Guest

April 1, 2014

John: “What do you like better, Christmas or Wedding Season?…Mr. Grey?” Jeremy: “Yes. The answer would be, um, Wedding Season?” John: “Bingo!” – Wedding Crashers One of the fun things that comes with getting older post college is seeing your friends get engaged and attending their weddings. While I love Christmas for many reasons, Wedding Season is a ridiculously good time…not only do you have an excuse to see all your friends and dance like a fool to “Shout!” but you also get to wear dressy spring-time outfits. It can be a bit tricky to know what is “wedding appropriate”…

John: “What do you like better, Christmas or Wedding Season?…Mr. Grey?”
Jeremy: “Yes. The answer would be, um, Wedding Season?”
John: “Bingo!”
Wedding Crashers

One of the fun things that comes with getting older post college is seeing your friends get engaged and attending their weddings. While I love Christmas for many reasons, Wedding Season is a ridiculously good time…not only do you have an excuse to see all your friends and dance like a fool to “Shout!” but you also get to wear dressy spring-time outfits. It can be a bit tricky to know what is “wedding appropriate” so I always defer to the invitation. Seeing “black tie” leads to some obvious choices and Sally will be covering that in a couple days, but what do you do when a wedding ceremony is early in the afternoon followed by an early evening reception? To me, this signals a less formal vibe and it’s my favorite kind of wedding to dress for.

I’ll choose a cocktail-length dress with a little personality both nothing that screams, “Look at me! I’m a rainbow!” Anything all-white is out (for obvious reasons) and it’s springtime so try to stay away from black or other dark hues. Determining what shoes to wear is often the hardest part of getting wedding ready. Is the ceremony outside? Go for a pretty wedge, ballerinas, or fancy flat sandal. If the ceremony and reception are inside, I default to a nude pump. No matter what style your dress is, a classic pointed or open toe heel will more than likely compliment your outfit and elevate your whole look to be wedding worthy. After swiping Sally’s nude heels one too many times I finally got a pair of my own and am so glad I did—these have already been worn so many times (for weddings, events, and with day-to-night outfits) that the cost per wear was worth the investment.

If you have a spring calendar full of wedding weekends and have no idea where to start looking for a shoe that can be worn again once the ceremonies and receptions are over, I would check out the “Wedding Shoes” selection at Nordstrom.

Images taken by SAM for A Piece of Toast

(Annie Griffin Cailan Watercolor Dress c/o // Johnston & Murphy Textured Blazer // Manolo Blanhnik BB Pump // Kayu Jen Clutch (similar) // Lulu Frost Necklace // Dana Rebecca Lauren Joy Necklace //  Brass Bracelets: Castor & PolluxDCI Sweden // Eddie Borgo Small Pave Pyramid Bracelet // Maya Brenner Mini Letter Bracelet (on sale!) // Zoe Chicco Rings: Pave TriangleHorizontal Baguette, Vertical Baguette // essie ‘Lapis of Luxury’ Polish)

// Nude Pumps //

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  1. I literally laughed out loud at my computer when I read the first couple lines of this post. LOVE wedding crashers haha.

    Thank you so much for the nordstroms tip! My best friend is getting married at the end of May and we’ve been debating what shoes the bridesmaids should wear since we have floor length strapless champagne colored dresses.

    Any suggestions??

    xx, jen
    http://www.comfortably-chic.com

  2. Wedding season has begun, and I love that colorful outfit. I was just commenting on the number of weddings I have planned to attend this spring/summer (not that many, but a lot for me!) and then–I get engaged myself!