(Closed) What to wear to a Southern wedding in the Summer???

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
3866 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I’m from VA, so for one, it would depend on the locale.  Semi-Formal in some areas where I live is nice black jeans and a dress shirt for guys, party dresses for girls, lol.

However, I’d say you’d be fine with a cocktail-type dress that could be dressed up or down really easily.  That way, you won’t have to worry about taking several outfits if she doesn’t get back to you soon and you won’t be the odd-ball out. 🙂

Here in VA, nestled in the nice cool mountains, we’re dying from the heat! (not literally! lol).  Our current temps are in the upper 80’s and ninety’s with a VERY high heat index.  And that lasts until around 8pm.  The country tends to be cooler, but not always by much.  Check out the forecast for where the wedding is and dress accordingly.  light weight, short-sleeved/strapless/spaghetti straps and sandals, if possible.

This doesn’t have anything to do with dress code, but if it’s outside, take something for the bugs.  Like a wipe or something that you can use.  Mosquitos and no-see-ums (yeah, that’s what we call those annoying tiny bugs like eat everyone) are horrible and can really make a great time anything but fun.  Even if you have the citronella candles, if you go anywhere away from them, you will become dinner for the pests.

Post # 4
1805 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I agree with the previous post but if the wedding is indoors you’ll be okay and it sounds like that’s the case since you indicated it’s very formal..  if you will be spending ANY time outside you will want to make sure you have a removable jacket or bolero for your dress and hopefully short sleeves or spaghetti straps, and stick with lightweight fabrics.

I’m in Texas and it does FEEL like we’re dying from the heat, and people actually do! Elderly and such with no a/c or fans, but it happens!  Plus in our city there is just not as much tree coverage so it’s even worse.  Our family “hibernates” inside in  the a/c from June through October. lol.  It is uncomfortably warm well into the late evening hours and the bugs are unbearable as well.

At any rate, whatever you choose, I’d always rather be a bit overdressed than under-dressed. So think of it that way.  That’s just my own motto and by no means a blanket “Southern” thing.  My mom was eyeballing short, spaghetti strapped leopard print dresses with a floppy hat for a MOB outfit the other day …..so everyone has their own idea of appropriate apparently! Wink

Post # 6
3866 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I’d go with a cocktail dress, then.  Something that is short sleeve or strapless/spaghetti straps (I have several formal gowns that are both…) that you can add a jacket with or bolerro to make it formal.

Just going from car to inside of building can cause people to break into a sweat if they’re wearing jackets/coats/etc.  And in Mississippi, I’d think it’d be even worse!!! 

It definitely sounds like formal, black tie (that’s usually what “old school black and white” means around here), but you could probably get away with nice black dress pants, shirt, and dinner jacket. 

hope that helps!!!

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