Wedding Style: How To Avoid Upstaging The Bride
This weekend, Hubs and I had the privilege of attending the nuptials of our dear friends Steve and Brie English. Since the “aftermath” of my miscarriage has left me feeling less than attractive and since I did, after all, deserve a present for my surgical procedure, I decided to buy a new dress for the wedding. Weddings always present an interesting fashion dilemmna for me: While I want to look cute, it’s not MY day to shine.
The dress I chose for Steve and Brie’s wedding is one of the more “edgy” ensembles I’ve worn to someone else’s big day, but ultimately, I felt confident in my choice. Here’s a few tips for choosing a wedding style that makes you feel pretty without raising eyebrows:
- Consider the time of the wedding- Evening weddings (those that start after 4 p.m.) tend to be more dressy than daytime ceremonies. If the reception is going to have you partying well into the night, it’s fine to pull out that new Herve Leger bandage dress you’ve been dying to wear; but if the sun is up for the entire event, you might want to consider something a bit more casual.
- Know the color scheme- If the bride chose royal blue and black for her decorations and/or bridesmaids dresses, don’t even think about wearing the same color. Dresses with patterns are usually a safe choice for any wedding, unless the linens have a paisley print or something. Then again, unless you’re under 10 or over 65, you probably shouldn’t be wearing paisley print dresses in the first place…
- Evaluate the bride- Like I said, my dress was a bit more risque than most of the ones I wear to weddings, but I am fairly good friends with Brie and know that she appreciates fun, fashionable attire herself. I figured she wouldn’t mind me wearing a more adventurous look. If you don’t know the bride very well or if she’s got some self-confidence issues, you might want to tone down your look.
- Avoid wardrobe malfunctions- Weddings mean dancing and if the outfit you want to wear will likely result in flashing someone while on the dance floor, you can leave it hanging in your closet. In my opinion, dresses that are too short (e.g.- show your panties when you bend over) or too low cut should never have been purchased in the first place, but if you do own them, save them for the club, not the nuptials.