Planning a wedding is no easy task. There are numerous elements to take care of, starting from the venue and ending with the tiny décor details. This is why couples who don’t decide on eloping spend approximately a year checking one order of business at a time. Believe it or not, wedding fashion choices are the first thing you need to check off the list as the search for the perfect dress and suit can be quite a quest. Aside from that, it’s also your job to figure out what kind of wedding you are going to have – black tie, casual, semi-casual, bohemian or even alternative. The reason this is so crucial is simple – when sending out your invitations, you need to state the dress code so all of your guests show up properly attired and everything is in complete harmony for the big day.
There was a time when what the groom wore paled in comparison to the bride as all eyes were exclusively on her. Times have changed and the age of groomzilla has arrived. Grooms pay special attention to what they wear because they want to look their best, but also show off their personal style. When it comes to choosing the right type of suit, take the venue and décor into account. If this is a black-tie wedding, you are expected to wear an evening tail suit or tailcoat. If your wedding is not as formal, you are free to choose among a variety of great suits in the color that flatters you most. Fall weddings usually call for three-piece suits, in either navy, brown or dark gray. You can play with a subtle checked pattern and even add a little drama to the vest by choosing one in a contrasting hue such as burgundy for instance. Make sure your shoes and belt match the color of the suit and dapper up with a great tie and a pocket square.
The star of the show
Yes, the groom might have gained significance, but the bride is still number one, let’s face it. When you’re the bride, it’s crucial that you begin your quest for the perfect dress a year in advance if possible. You may have been visualizing your perfect dress since you were little, but you can never know what type of cut fits you best until you try them all. You know that there are so many types ranging from the empire line, A-line gown, sleeveless with a sweetheart neckline, the extravagant ballgown all the way to the trumpet and the mermaid cut. There are so many choices when it comes to the design alone, not to mention the choice of fabric and the number of embellishments. However, we have something that might help – one store that has it all.
The best gals
You want your girls to look synchronized – that’s rule number one. Still, since your friends are probably all different in regards to shape and size, there is no need to put them in completely uninformed dresses. As long as the length and the color are the same, feel free to play with necklines, sleeves, and waistlines, so that each of them gets a dress that looks most flattering on her. Some of the more popular colors recently have been burgundy, navy, purple and even gray. Also, choose among a bit sturdier but flowy fabrics as it is fall so you don’t want them to freeze. The incredible Oleg Cassini has thought of every type of bridesmaid, so we suggest you hit the store ASAP as you never know if something will need altering.
The rest of the guests
Once you have stated the dress code on the invitations, it’s pretty straightforward from there: a black tie wedding calls for a gown of any length, but an elegant gown and men are expected to wear tuxes. If we’re talking about a formal or a semi-formal wedding, the ladies can feel free to put on their classic cocktail dresses. They are free to choose among classic or open-toe pumps, or even bling it up a little with sparkly sequin shoes if they feel like it. The gentlemen are expected to still wear suits. Finally, if it’s a casual wedding you’re attending, you can wear essentially everything as long as it exudes a certain amount of elegance – chic wide-leg pants with a sheer blouse, a pantsuit, a flowy dress – whatever you find yourself in the mood for. It’s not called casual for nothing. The men are free to put on a nice pair of chinos, a great blazer – the colors don’t have to match, and they can even leave a few buttons on their shirt undone. The best part, if they feel like it, they can even wear sneakers, as long as they go with the outfit.
Now that you’re in the know, you can finally start sending out those invitations and let everyone go hunting for their perfect outfit.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Claire Hastings is a wanderer and a writer. She writes as long as she can remember, and she is very passionate about fashion, running, other cultures, and her cat.
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