Summer is here and that doesn’t just signify beach season, but wedding season as well. There are as many different types of weddings as there are brides and grooms, brides and brides and grooms and grooms. It’s not always easy to know what is considered appropriate wedding wear, much of it depending on the time of day, how formal it is or where it is being held.Let’s dispel with the elephant in the room first – wearing a white dress if you’re not the bride. DON’T wear white, unless the bride requests it. People will talk about you (and not in a good way). On the opposite end of the spectrum, you can wear black to a summer wedding, as long as you keep the silhouette as well as the fabric, light and lively. Your favorite warm weather LBD is perfect for a cocktail or evening wedding. If you’ve been tempted to try wearing a jumpsuit, black, strapless jumpsuits, once again for an evening wedding, are a great option. They look tuxedo-like, but utterly feminine at the same time.For daytime and morning weddings, swap the black for something in a delicious summer color like turquoise, melon or strawberry. You also can’t go wrong with a pretty, flowered dress for daytime. Black-tie weddings may seem intimidating, but not to worry. Choosing a longer dress separates the women from the girls. Choosing airy, flowing fabrics, like silk and chiffon, will keep you from overheating on a steamy night. Vibrant colors, like fuchsia and coral, can help to add a summery look to formal-length gowns. If it is a semi-formal affair, eye-catching necklines in luxurious fabrics is an easy way to add sophisticated flair to a shorter dress. If you're going for a more classic look, try a mid-length dress in bright shades or patterns.Cocktail dresses are a great opportunity to experiment with different shapes and textures. As lace is one of the prettiest trends for the summer, something lacey in any color other than white or cream is great way to give it a whirl. Nothing beats a maxi-dress for a beach wedding, as long as the pattern isn’t overly kitschy, making you look like you’re a server at a Luau. A tunic and wide-leg pant pairing is a cool alternative to a maxi-dress on the beach Try a slide sandal and embellished clutch to seal the beachside deal.Some easy, basic wedding rules of thumb are -- for daytime church weddings, keep things classic and a bit more conservative with a calf-length dress and closed-toe shoe.Afternoon ceremonies tend to be more casual than evening soirees, so first take into account what time the event is taking place. At noon, it’s perfectly appropriate to wear a summer sundress or pastel skirt, while at six; it’s more fitting to wear a satin or chiffon cocktail dress.
“When I was in school, they would ask, 'What are you going to be when you grow up?' and then you'd have to draw a picture of it. I drew a picture of myself as a bride.” Gwen Stefani
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