I've been invited to my boyfriends fathers wedding in September. I don't think I have been to a wedding since I was a bridesmaid for my aunt when I was a very little so I'm pretty excited, partly as one of the biggest perks of going to a wedding is the excuse to put on a pretty dress, shoes and wear beautiful hair.
I'm going to do a few posts around wedding attire, including dresses, accessories and beauty. As a wedding lasts for the better part of a day it's important to think about how they your outfit, hair and make up will work throughout the day. It's a task far harder than choosing an outfit for a dinner or party - but in my opinion far more exciting.
There are several things to think about when choosing your dress. Perhaps the most important is what the bridesmaids are wearing. In most traditional weddings bridesmaids wear matching gowns so if you do end up in the same colour you won't be too red faced but a lot of brides let bridesmaids go for different dresses that tie together. At Elsie's wedding the bridesmaids all wore short nude/white dresses with colourful tights and shoes, I love mismatched dresses on bridesmaids but it makes it easy for guests to fall into the trap of accidentally turning up looking just like one of the bridesmaids.
Another thing to think about is how appropriate your dress is for a wedding. You will look ridiculous if you turn up in a skin-tight body con dress with your boobs falling out. Guests should be looking at the bride not your vpl!
Go for a dress that you are comfortable in. You might be sitting down for an hour in a freezing cold church for the ceremony, so bring something to wrap up in if it's going to be cold. On the other hand, you don't want to be working up a sweat when you're dancing at the reception so if it's a summer wedding and likely to be hot, go for breathable fabric like cotton and something that is light and won't stick to you.
Personally, I wouldn't want to wear anything too constricting or tight - there will be food, I don't want to be bursting out of my dress after dinner and I think it's really important to be comfortable seeing as it will be a long day filled with sitting, dancing, eating, circulating & talking, it makes sense to wear something that you are happy in and won't want to rip off as soon as you've had a slice of wedding cake.
Finally, choose a dress with longevity. I hardly ever go to weddings so it doesn't make sense to pick out a dress that wouldn't work in any other situation. You want to be wearing something that's your style anyway, don't make the mistake of picking something that you wouldn't usually go for only to look back on the pictures in regret and have the dress collecting dust at the back of your wardrobe. Chose a dress that you can either dress down to wear everyday or that you could dress up for nights out.