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What to wear to a country wedding

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

Here in Southeastern North Carolina, a huge trend in weddings is to have a country chic affair. So when guests get invited they are all left with the burning question of “What am I to wear to a country wedding?” Well, luckily Wilmington Weddings and Events is here to answer your question and provide you with many style options.

Tips For Guys Atteni8ng a Country Wedding

Casual dress for a country wedding

Gentlemen: We will start with the easiest person to dress for any occasion: the guys. For a country wedding, there is no need to wear a tuxedo, but simply a dressier version of casual wear.  Dress slacks, such as khakis or gray pants, with an ironed button up shirt and deck shoes will usually do the trick. This is a universal look for all seasons. Jeans and flip-flops, though, are a no-no unless specified on the invitation.

Tips For Women Attending A Country Wedding


Women:  Your look is a little more diverse than the gentlemen’s, but that means more options to make your look unique!

  • Spring and Summer: Short dresses that hit at the knee, or a little above, are the way to go. They will allow you to look nice but also not sweat to death in the southern heat! Your dresses can either have short sleeves, be sleeveless, or have long billowy sleeves, but never be strapless. Strapless dresses belong more at a backyard affair than a wedding. The dresses can then be paired with ankle booties, sandals, or wedges. Keep in mind that if you’ll be walking around on grass, you may want to avoid wearing heels!

Dressing for a winter country wedding

  • Fall and Winter: Here is where the most options come into play. You can do a long sleeve, short dress with tights and boots, for a simple, pulled together look. Or you can wear a long dress with a pair of dress shoes. However, if dresses are not your style, you can always wear a long skirt and nice blouse combo. All these outfits can be put together with heels or boots, but no sandals or flip-flops during these cooler seasons.

Accessorize with jewelry

  • Jewelry, Hair, and Makeup: Since jewelry, hair, and makeup are universal for all seasons, they should be kept simple and polished. Your hair should either be tastefully down or in a simple up-do. You may be glad you wore your hair up, depending on the time of year it is! Jewelry can include statement pieces such as earrings, but the rest of the pieces should be kept minimal to compliment your look. Makeup should also be kept simple, especially in the warmer months due to the heat and humidity in the south. Live by the motto “Less is More”.

Great setting for a country wedding

Enjoy Your Participation In A Country Wedding

With these simple style tips, you are your date are ready to make your way to a country wedding. Simplicity is the key to pulling off your look with ease. If you are still left with any questions please feel free to reach out to us. Our website is

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Come to a fall wedding
This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

The temperature is dropping and so are the leaves, meaning only one thing: Fall! Summer wedding season is ending but that doesn’t mean your wedding guest obligations have. Many couples skip the typical wedding season and plan their big day in the cooler and more colorful Fall season. Pack away your boho chic wedding guest attire and let’s have some Fall fun!

Fall has its own set of fashion rules sure to make you feel fierce this Fall! Need some tips? We have you covered! Grab a pumpkin latte and check out these stylish tips on what to wear to your next Fall wedding!

Tip For Dressing For A Fall Wedding

Sleeves for a fall wedding


Sleeved dresses are a great option for a wedding in the cooler autumn months! Another spin on this idea? You can pair a cute cardigan with one of your more summery dresses keeping you cozy and it’s also great for your budget. If you do go with a sleeved dress, this option from Magnolia Boutique offers a fun, casual feel and will help keep your arms a little warmer than your go-to summer frock!


Get your sparkle on!

Fall also allows for a more elegant look even if the wedding is pretty laid back. That means it’s time to pull out your bling and shine! One way is to get glitzy with your accessories with these fabulous and sparkly heels from! Glam is always fun so go for the sparkly bling when picking out Fall wedding accessories.

The boots and booties were made for walking (down the aisle!)

This Fall wedding trend will keep your toes nice and warm as you dance the night away. Pair your boots with some adorable tights and you will be ready for a chilled autumn night! We love this look, especially for a Fall barn wedding! Booties are a great option too and super chic with dresses long or short. Knee high boots are also an excellent choice paired with one of your warm weather dresses saving you some money!

Go bold!

Summer is the time for sweet pastels and Fall is the time for bold, rich colors that will make you feel like an Autumn princess! Red is always a good choice when you decide to go bold. You will stand out in the crowd in this scarlet faux wrap dress by Karen Kane from Nordstrom.  OR you could take your cues from nature and pick an orange, brown, or a green dress like this one from Nordstrom or the rust colored dress pictured below from Magnolia Boutique. Those falling leaves will have nothing on you!


Go bold for fall

Tailored and fitted takes over!

Just as it is in life, Summer tends to be more flowy and loose while Fall is a little more structured. Which is great, because there are a ton of amazing sheath dresses that will have you kissing summer goodbye with a smile on your face. Check out this LBD from Macy’s! It’s short and sleeveless so it might be best for an early Fall shindig but it’s a great fitted dress that gives you a much more polished look.

Pants for a fall wedding

Pants are dressy too!

If you aren’t a dress person, then Fall is for you! Who says you need to wear a dress to every wedding you attend? Sometimes you just feel like wearing pants and there are some super sleek and chic options out there. Like this one from Banana Republic. Whether you go with patterned or solid pantsuit or a sexy jumper, you will be sharp and stylish as you get ready to celebrate the happy couple, one leg at a time!


High necklines

It’s a classic and timeless Fall look that you will love! This isn’t just a warmer option, it tends to be a more elegant one making it a great choice for any autumn nuptials. Another perk of the high neck? You don’t really need a necklace. A great pair of earrings and a simple bracelet are all you need, like with this dress from Dillard’s. The neckline offers all of the flair you need making a necklace not vital to wear this sexy, chic style.

Jumpers are in

The jumper makes a comeback!

One of our favorite trends for Fall is layering a dress over a long sleeved shirt! The best part? You can use a dress you already have! pegged this as one of the top trends they saw at this year’s New York Fashion Week! This can be dressed up or down depending on the vibe of your occasion making it a great and versatile option. Layer your dress over a long sleeved blouse for a more formal event or with a black turtleneck and you are good to go!


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Meg Bonney is a writer for Plan The Day.

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