This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.
Spring weddings are so lovely, with something fresh in the air as flowers are starting to bloom and the sun is beginning to shine. In addition, guests are likely not attending several weddings that time of year and which will add to the excitement of your big day. While a perfect Spring day can be great for a wedding, they are hard to come by and weather is often unpredictable.
Preparing For Weather In March
In March, you could have snow of the ground one day and a warm seventy-five degree day the next -, there is just no way to know. But, no need to fret as a wedding guest, because we have outlined what to wear to a March wedding so you are prepared for just about anything.
First off, layering is important and gives you quite a bit of flexibility day-of. It allows you to have a few different looks and be prepared and comfortable all day. Begin with a good base and go from there.
Dressing For A Spring Wedding
Below are a few different looks, depending on the formality of the wedding:
Women: Typically for formal, black tie, or black tie optional, weddings floor length gowns are best. Sleeveless floor length gowns will allow for more flexibility. If the dress is constructed of a heavier fabric, it can be paired with a pashmina as needed. This can be wrapped around you for a little extra warm or carried with a clutch as an accessory. If your dress is more lightweight it can be paired with a sassy fur jacket or wrap. Depending on the neckline of the dress, you can pair this with some fabulous statement earrings and be ready to shine.
Men: If the wedding is slated as black tie or black tie optional, we recommend a tuxedo or formal suit for the latter. Under the collared shirt, opt for a tank top to help keep cool under all the layers. Make sure to have a good pair of socks (merino wool if possible) to help keep feet at a regulated temperature as well.
Women: One of our favorite bases is a good skirt, below the knee. This can be paired with a light sleeveless or capped sleeve blouse (tucked in). Finding a lightweight sweater or jacket to wear on top will be perfect to allow for weather and temperature changes throughout the day. This can easily be removed if the day is warmer or inside the reception becomes too hot.
If you are someone who is chilled easily, wear tights for a little extra warmth. Later in the night when the dancing heats up, the tights can easily be removed and tucked into any clutch. Pair this look with closed toed heels and a statement necklace.
Men: A suit is a great option for a semi formal event. It is always better to show up a little over dressed than under. Grey suits are a great choice (darker for the evening) and the option to remove the coat throughout the day allows you flexibility. If you are worried about being over dressed, start with a tie and if no other guests are in a tie, simply remove the tie and stash in a bag.
Women: If the wedding has a little bit more of a casual feel, knee length dresses are a great starting point. From t-shirt dresses to cocktail dresses there is a wide variety that can be worn. Similar to above, pair with a jacket, sweater or scarf. If the wedding is outside or you are unsure, pair with flats to keep the look casual and functional. Lastly, if you so dare, go for a jumpsuit. They are fun, often lightweight, sassy as can be and a perfect transition piece.
Men: Slacks and a button down are perfect for a casual wedding. Pair a light colored pant (grey, khaki, etc.) with a nice button down collared shirt. Under the shirt, wear a tank top in case it gets warm or you spend the evening dancing. Bringing a jacket or sweater will allow you to be prepared for a cooler day. And same as above, a good pair of wool socks will go a long way.
Figuring Out The Dress Code
Spring weddings are super fun and with these few tips you should be prepared for just about anything. If you are unsure of the formality of the event you are attending, take a peek at your wedding invitation. If it is being held in the evening or at a ballroom or country club, you can count on it being a bit more dressy. Is the event in the afternoon or at a garden or more understated event space? You can definitely dress on the more semi-formal or casual side.
The invitation will be a good guide of how to dress and any other important details to consider. Also, take a peek at the couple’s website for hints regarding formality. Regardless of what you wear, the most important thing is to be a good wedding guest. Show up on time, send a gift in advance, follow your seating assignment, and dance the night away.
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