What to wear to a formal wedding

posted 2 years ago in Dress
  • poll: What would be most appropriate
    LBD or dark colored cocktail dress : (21 votes)
    81 %
    my long light teal dress is fine : (3 votes)
    12 %
    come up with a long winter colored dress : (2 votes)
    8 %
    other??? : (0 votes)
  • Post # 2
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

    Can you post a photo of the dresses?

    Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    No kidding, I just had to double check the date on an invitation because I thought you and I might just be attending the same wedding. (We’re headed to a wedding in the Lake Norman area but it’s not until November).

    If you want an excuse to buy a nicer dress, I’d look for a long one. Because I don’t attend a ton of formal events, I would personally go for a long simple black dress then take it to the next level with a shimmery wrap or clutch and some statement jewelry. That’s me being practical and knowing that I would get more wear out of something versatile like simple black. But, if you would get use out of fancier wear then I’d go with something designated as formal such as an evening gown.

    If you do not want to buy a new dress, then you can amp up the glam factor with your LBD. Pair it with dark tights and stylish but tasteful shoes. Go for some bold (but again, tasteful) statement jewelry and a nice clutch. Nothing over the top so you don’t stand out too much but defintely look like you put the effort.

    Post # 4
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    Cocktail is fine if their invitation is that casual. If it was engraved or letterpressed, and plain black and white or ecru I’d be more worried about getting a gown. I’m from NC and am super traditional, you should be good.

    If they meant gown, the invitation would have been way more formal than that, and they probably wouldn’t have mentioned attire. I’d do a dark suit and tie for the men. Make sure your man has a jacket on, some country clubs won’t admit men without jackets, though I’m not from Charlotte so I have never been to that specific club.

    I think they may just be trying to raise the bar and keep people out of khakis, polos, and maxi dresses.

    Post # 5
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Miss Coral:  I would think a fancier cocktail dress would be fine. I think if they wanted you in long gowns, they would have said, “black tie”. I went to a black tie optional wedding recently, and plenty of women (including the bridesmaids) had on shorter dresses. 

    Post # 7
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2015 - Backyard Forest

    Miss Coral:  I would definitely do a LBD – but maybe wear tights with it to dress it up. I’m going to a formal wedding in 2 weeks and that’s what I’ll be wearing! Dress it up with the jewelry. If you’re not wearing a long dress it won’t deformalize you… I think material and pattern speaks louder than the length of the dress (unless we’re talking mini skirt!). 

    Post # 8
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2015 - Mount Hermon

    Miss Coral:  LBD is never wrong, that’s what I say.

    ETA: if you’re still worried, doing your hair up will make it more formal.

    Post # 9
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

    Miss Coral:  In that case, I’d go with your LDB if you don’t want to buy something new.

    Post # 12
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2014 - 11/15/14-Vineyard

    Yeah I would go with the LBD too as that dress you posted looks like a long maxi dress and looks kind of too casual. 

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