Post # 1
Hello, Classy Bees!
I hope I’m posting in the correct subforum but someone please tell me if I’m not.
My boyfriend and I have received a last-minute invite to a Venice Italy destination wedding in late May 2016. We are planning on going and once we sort logistics and budget, I just have to choose something to wear.
The groom is Lebanese, the bride is French and from a very wealthy family. I’m assuming that this will be an elegant cosmopolitan affair, however since I’m a +1 and don’t know the bride or groom, I want to dress smartly but not in a way that upstages the bridal party or makes me look like a try-hard.
I’m 27, very tall with curves in (mostly) the right places. What would you wear if you were me?
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Post # 2
Hi there! I would say go for something light and flowy. I was in Venice last year in September and it was very hot! I’d stay away from heavy fabrics like Satin, Taffetta and Tulle….Go with Chiffon or organza…Have you thought of maybe a flowy sundress? Or even a tight tea length dress would be fine…Just remember, it gets hot! Especially with all the concrete everywhere.
Post # 3
Awesome! Thanks so much! I definitely want something that won’t be heavy/stuffy and will also be easy to pack.
I’m in NYC with limited closet space so I was thinking of renting something
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Post # 4
I was going to suggest Rent the Runway! LOVE that red one– it’s very simple but elegant, which makes it rather Italian. It’s also clearly a fancy dress without being over the top.
Post # 5
I love the coral gown, it’s chic but doesn’t scream look at me (I feel like the red could be too much).
I love RTR, I’ve had lots of luck with them. Good luck!
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The coral and blue floral ones are my favorites 🙂
Post # 8
FYI weddings in Europe tend to be lavish, elegant affairs. Depending on the time of day, you can expect anything from cocktail dresses and hats during the day to evening gowns at night. I would honestly err on the side of caution, especially since they are wealthy, and wear a fabulous cocktail dress
Post # 9
(the Rebecca with a clutch bag and pretty sandals would be fine)
Post # 10
It really depends on the time of day, but also the venue and the general style of the families involved. When an Italian friend and a Scottish friend got married a few years ago, their wedding was far less formal clothing wise than most of the other weddings I’ve been to. But that said, I think it was more to do with the couple’s personalities than their nationalities, obviously.
Post # 11
Is the event being held in a hotel, and will you be staying on-site? (The venue itself will probably offer a lot of clues as to the formality–if they’re getting married at the Gritti, then nothing could be too fancy–if they’re getting married on the Lido, then a more beach-appropriate look might possibly be in play, depending on how close to the beach the venue and reception are.) If you aren’t going to stay on-site, I would recommend giving a little thought to the logistics of transporation. You’re obviously not going to want to do a ton of walking in a long dress and high heels, so if you’re not staying either on-site or very close to the wedding venue, you’re probably looking at taking a vaporetto or a water taxi.
The vaporetti are the water buses of Venice and thus they stick to the largest canals. You can use google maps to see how far of a walk your hotel and the venue are from vaporetto stops. If the venue is not a close walk from a vaporetto stop, you will probably want to consider a water taxi. Water taxis usually strike most people as a little pricey (here’s some information on the prices: http://www.reidsitaly.com/destinations/veneto/venice/planning/around_by_water_taxi.html) so it’s definitely good to be prepared for the idea of what they may cost in advance if you think you might need to use one.