guide to daytime weddings   Leave a comment

Alright, so let’s talk daytime weddings.  There are just a few tidbits of information that might be different from a late afternoon/early evening wedding.  These suggestions are just that, suggestions.  Things are changing in the “wedding world” and a lot of things are a “go” that wouldn’t have been a “go” just 10 years ago.  Just think about what you would think was acceptable, if you were watching from afar.  Would you find it "etiquettely” acceptable to see a cathedral train at an informal daytime wedding?

 

First, the Bride (after all, she’s most important!  JK!).  What you will wear should depend on the formality of your Wedding.  If you are having a large Wedding, very formal (200+ guests), you can wear a dress with a long train OR a short train.  Both are appropriate for daytime weddings.  The veil should complement the dress and long sleeves or gloves can be worn.  If you would say that your wedding is not top of the notch formal, and just formal (100+ guests), you can wear a long dress with a chapel or sweep train. Again, the veil should complement the dress and sleeves or gloves can be worn.  The difference here is that an elaborate, short dress worn with a bridal headpiece and short veil is also acceptable.  For a semi-formal daytime wedding (<100 guests, often held at home), a street-length dress, white or pastel color and a short veil, can be worn with a small bouquet. For an informal daytime wedding, consider a suit or street dress. Hat, gloves, shoes, and bag are acceptable along with a nosegay or flowers to wear.

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Next, the Bridesmaids.  For a very formal daytime wedding, usually you will have four to twelve Bridesmaids. Long dresses can be worn as well as gloves to complement the sleeve length. Any style bouquet, shoes to match or harmonize.  Dresses are often less elaborate. For a formal daytime wedding, you will usually have two to six bridesmaids. Dresses should either be long or street length, but not too elaborate. Include matching or harmonizing accessories, including bouquet. For a semi-formal daytime wedding, seldom will you have more than one bridesmaid, plus an honor attendant. Dresses can be street length, but less elaborate with small bouquets. For an informal daytime wedding, you will usually have a maid of honor only. A dress or suit similar to bride’s is acceptable with flowers to wear.

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The Groom and Attendants. For a very formal daytime wedding, traditionally, they will wear a Cutaway coat, gray striped trousers, gray waistcoat, wing-collared shirt, ascot or striped tie. (Optional: Top hat, spats, gray gloves.) For a more contemporary look, Contoured long or short jacket, wing collared shirt. For a formal daytime wedding, traditionally, they will wear a Gray stroller, waistcoat, striped trousers, shirt, striped tie.  For a more contemporary look, a formal suit in white or light colors for summer, darker shades for fall, dress shirt, bow tie, vest or cummerbund. Groomsmen coordinate with similar ensembles. For a semi-formal wedding AND an informal wedding, a more traditional look would be a favorite suit, white, colored or striped shirt, four-in-hand tie. For a more contemporary look, a dinner jacket or formal suit, dress shirt, bow tie, vest, or cummerbund.

 

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~Michelle

 

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