Post # 1
I will be attending a wedding at the beginning of November in Southern Illinois. The reception will be held in Peoria, IL. There were no “dress instructions” on the invite and I’m from CA so I don’t really know what the weather will be like. I’d love some thoughts on what typical wedding attire is (the ceremony is at 2:30 and the reception is at 5:30) in your area as well as how warmly I’ll need to dress.
Any advice would be most appreciated!
Post # 3
Oh, and it will be a catholic ceremony if that changes your suggestions 🙂
Post # 4
The thing about Missouri is… the weather is crazy! One day it’s threatening snow and the next day it’s a heat wave. But for your situation, you can get away with a dress, but you’ll want to pair it with a cardigan, leggings or both. And bring a lightweight coat. That’s just my suggestion, though. Whatever you do, I definitely suggest layers. Have fun!
Post # 5
Ah, well. In St Louis you get hit and miss on dress codes. You get people wearing jeans (gag) and you get people in nice formal wear.
A cocktail dress and heels tends to be the normal wedding wear in my group. Nothing overly flashy (no sequins, minidresses, sparkly embellishments, etc) and nothing low-cut or ovely tight. Just your basic cocktail dress.
Beginning november–i’d still wear the dress (i’d pack some tights or pantyhose in caes it’s cold though) and i’d definitely bring a pashmina. Since it’s all indoors, i’m guessing it’s not a big deal. And, by the way, if it’s that cold, we get practical and wear a down jacket with a nice dress. It clashes, but it’s better than freezing =]. Nobody really has a dressy warm coat. I recommend a nice wool peacoat if you have any. Doubtful you do–I certainly didn’t have ANY cool weather gear when I moved to the midwest! I had to go buy a whole wardrobe of sweaters and jackets! And boots LOL
Middle-Nov is when it gets freezing and we can get a freak snowstorm. Wait until end of October and evaluate the weather. Better yet, PM me and I”ll let you know what I think! I’m from California, too, and my idea of “cold” is not what my friends’ ideas of “cold” are. You’ll need mroe clothes than your friend from Peoria tells you, trust me!
Post # 6
I second Melody. Definitely wear layers. It might be warmer for the 2:30 ceremony but the temp will probably drop very quickly in the evening, especially in november.
Btw, i grew up in Illinois, so ignore the fact that I’m now in Tucson 🙂
Post # 7
I am from the east coast and went to school in St. Louis and have been to several weddings there. The attire is definitely much more casual than what I was used to for a Saturday evening wedding. Some people were in cocktail dresses but others were in outfits I wouldn’t even wear to work. I would wear a nice short dress that would look casual enough for a nice dinner out at a nice restaurant but wouldn’t look out of place as a cocktail dress with the right jewelry. This way you will be right in the middle of the spectrum of what people will wear.
Post # 8
- Wedding: September 2010 - Jewel Box in Forest Park and Windows on Washington
I’m going to assume that the ceremony and reception are indoors (it’ll be cold here!). If that’s the case, just wear a dress with tights. You can wear a nice winter coat over it and dress it up with some jewelry. It’s better to be over dressed than under dressed.
And, as a native Missourian, the wedding attire worn by guests really depends on the family dynamic and the couple. I have been to several weddings and have been able to gauge attire based on what I know about the family/couple. Almost every wedding I have been to, the attire has been semi-formal or business casual. And, if you’re unsure, just ask the bride or groom. They will not be offended and will more than likely appreciate that you asked.
Post # 9
LBD with a well tailored black blazer as a jacket would be lovely.