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Wedding Style Guide: Deciphering the Invitation and Knowing What to Wear

13 Feb

Today we have another fabulous post by Adria of the Emerald Closet. Enjoy!

There are a lot of terms that get thrown around when it comes to wedding attire; from the more common “Black Tie” or “Casual,” to the more mysterious instructions like “Frocks and Smocks.” Sometimes it’s hard to know exactly what’s required. Look through this guide to put your fears to rest, and find the right dress to impress!

In Any Situation, You Should Avoid

· Anything that’s too revealing or too tight. Soft, flow-y styles are more appropriate for the occasion.
· Wearing white—although some brides are fine with this, it’s always best to play it safe.
· Being under dressed; it’s pretty rare to look too fancy for a wedding.
· Being too flashy—for example, if your gigantic feathery hat is obscuring someone else’s view, it’s best left at home.

TheSuiteLifeDesigns-Wedding Style GUide

White Tie

Usually reserved for winter weddings, White Tie dress is decidedly the most formal option, and always corresponds with an evening occasion. Ladies should wear formal, floor-length gowns; long gloves or a stole are a nice added touch.

Choose glamorous jewelry, and feel free to add your most fashion-forward accessories, like a pair of killer heels or a striking fascinator or hair comb.

1. Blue Gown
2.    Blue and Yellow Shoes
3.    Braceletpro tip: a pearl bracelet is perfect, too!
4.    Fascinator
5.     Fur Stole
6.    Gold Dress
7.    Black and Gold Shoespro tip: make sure they are comfy for all-night dancing!
8.    Feather Earrings

Formal or Black-Tie

Just a step down from White Tie, Black Tie is a far more common dress option for weddings. Wear an evening gown or fancier cocktail-length dress, but forego the more dramatic accessories and stick with elegant jewelry and a small handbag.

1.    Black Lace Dress
2.    Scarab Cuff
3.    Peep-Toe Pumps
4.    Spike Clutch
5.    Forget-Me-Not Ring
6.    One-Shoulder Dresspro tip: don’t forget to exfoliate for stunning skin!
7.    Silver Sandals
8.    Red Dress
9.    Red and White Pumps

Cocktail or Semi-formal

Wear something dressy, but not formal. This means shorter dresses and skirts with strappy heels and fun jewelry. If you’re more comfortable in flats, find ones that are fairly delicate and evening-appropriate, with sparkly embellishments or metallic details.

1. Light Blue Dresspro tip: looks killer with a fuchsia lip!
2. Pearl Necklace
3. Satin Sandals
4. Green Dress
5.  Leopard Sandals
6.  Triangle Earrings
7. Black Wristlet
8. Chain Link Bracelet
9. Beaded Top
10. Brocade Skirt
11. Coral Wedges


You might assume that this means anything goes, but don’t do jeans or shorts unless specifically called for. Instead, opt for a daytime dress, skirt, or pants and a blouse. Within this general category, you’ll occasionally see a more specific type of dress request. The two most recognizable are:

Garden Party: Go for a summery dress or skirt, with sandals or wedges. Florals and soft pastels are a nice way to tie in with the vibe.

Beach Wedding Attire: This usually means flat sandals (not flip-flips) and light dresses; a casual straw hat would not be out of place here. Have some fun choosing accessories that have beach-y details like wood or rope.

1. Lace Cuff
2. Sleeveless Blousepro tip: don’t forget a cardigan for breezy weather!
3. Floral Skirt
4. White Sandals
5. Raffia Hat
6. Cross-Body Bag
7. Wood Necklace
8. Printed Dress
9. Rope Wedges

At any wedding, remember to make sure you’ve chosen an outfit that works both for sitting at the ceremony, and dancing at the reception. If necessary, bring along a more comfortable pair of shoes to change into. After all, while it’s crucial to be dressed correctly, it’s even more important to have a wonderful time at a special celebration.

Adria Saracino is a marketer and blogger. When not obsessing over interior design and pinning non-stop, you can find her writing about style on her personal fashion blog.


Beautiful Burlap

10 Feb

I love how much burlap is being used for special events and weddings. It gives your event a rustic look and feel. There are many ways to incorporate burlap into your event without feeling too casual. It gives a great natural look and it can be elevated to be very elegant. Burlap is very easy to DIY and is also very affordable. Here are some of my favorites to give you a little rustic inspiration.

via Elizabeth Anne Designs

Burlap and bling! The burlap accents go so nicely against the white backdrop. This tablescape is so elegant and created a warm and inviting space. The burlap with the touches of crystal makes this rustic, yet elegant.

via Pinterest

Burlap + Mercury Glass + White Flowers= Gorgeous combo.

via Jenny Cookies

Burlap and lace is another killer combo. Many people don’t usually think of burlap as a material that would be elegant, but I think mixing it with materials such as lace really pulls everything together. I love a great dessert table and I absolutely love this one. The suitcases and wood boxes finish off the look perfectly. Check out the cake too! The burlap flower is too cute.

via Pure Dymonds Events

This burlap napkin holder can be used for an event at home or a casual chic wedding. I love that it has a chalkboard tag on it so you can write the guest’s name on it. It’s so simple.

via style me pretty

How cute is this?!?

This image is from the same wedding as above. I loved this wedding. The raw edges on this burlap table runner are perfect. The rope around the napkin ties things together. There are a lot of pretty details to be seen at this wedding. Check out the website to see the super cute cake!

via style me pretty

Covering an appetizer tray is a great way to incorporate the burlap and create a cohesive look without overpowering your other decor.

via style me pretty

Wrapping a small vase in burlap is a great way to incorporate the material into smaller tables which would be great for the cocktail hour at a wedding or other special events.

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