Is it always wedding season? Wedding Attire 101

It happens to all of us, right around the time we start our senior year of college, crazy spring break pictures and what happened last night status’ on our Facebook feeds turn into wedding pictures and baby announcements. One of my friends brought this up the other day and I can’t help but notice it now, WE GROW UP. Weddings are trending! A little wedding talk is appropriate for this week’s Trendy Tuesdays!

So I would say around the time I turned 22 I had at leasttttttt 4 weddings to go to per year. && let me tell you- wedding season doesn’t go anywhere as you get older. I’m 26 now, and WS is in full force these days. I feel like all of Trey’s friends got together and planned to propose around the same time so we would have to fly out to MS, LA, or AL at least once every 4 months. But now, my friends are starting to get there- (Me included) so we will have our fair share of weddings in Texas as well. Some wedding invitations will not include dress code specifications, and when you live in Texas and are attending a wedding in Mississippi you know nothing about- you need to get details. You don’t want to disrespect the bride and show up in a knee-length cocktail dress when everyone else is in fancy gowns. So when you’re left with nothing, but asking your fiancé what the dress code is and his answer is “just wear a dress” you have to move on to the next best thing.. research the venue and ceremony location. This is pretty much the only thing that helps me have clarity when going to weddings that aren’t in Texas. So lets talk about wedding attire!

Black Tie

When a invitation reads black tie, this basically means you need to get fancy!! I’m not saying you should upstage the bride and wear your poofy prom dress, but a chic cocktail dress or a long evening gown will be perfect fir the occasion. Some brides would be okay with an elegant cocktail dress, others would prefer a long evening gown when indicating “black tie”. Personally, I think black tie would be more along the lines of a long evening gown, especially if you are a close family/friend. But really the only ones that could answer questions about the appropriate dress length would be the wedding party, family/close friends and of course the bride herself- but I would ask the latter before you text the bride! She has so much on her plate as it is. 

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Formal/Black Tie Optional

Formal/black tie optional is a little less formal. KEYWORD(s): A LITTLE. A long dress, a dressy suit, or a formal cocktail-length dress in a dark, neutral tone like brown, gray, or black. This is when it’s up to you- Personally, I feel that if you are close to the bride and groom and know them personally/aren’t just a date, you should probably go the black tie route. I also think we need to take the weather into consideration. If it’s an outdoor wedding in winter, you should probably go with a long dress in order to keep those legs warm!!

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Semi Formal

Semi formal/dressy is the easiest of them all, and you more than likely will already have something in your closet to wear. (Although, a wedding is a great excuse to use with the hubby as to why you need a new dress.) So if it’s a summer daytime wedding, a cute pink dress (sorry ladies, no white or ivory, or anything in that color range-leave that for the BRIDE.) would be perfect for the occasion, or of course darker hues for evening soirees. Depending on the time of the event, you’ll want to dress somewhere between formal and casual.

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Lets make the bride happy and follow the dress code that she wants for her wedding. 




  1. cristina says:

    uhm…. are you trying to give your future wedding guests some helpful [yet subtle] hints? ;) haha

    • lol not at all! ;) I’m one of these people too. You just never know how fancy a wedding is going to be, unless you do your research!! Just a little FYI to anyone /everyone attending weddings in the near future. :)

  2. black tie. down.

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