November 2016

What to wear 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.

Here in Nashville, our seasons are a little more defined than some other places in the country. That’s why October is the most popular month to get married in Nashville, and I know it’s a very popular month to get married anywhere in the country! While weather is always unpredictable wherever you are, you can usually count on fall for beautiful weather. But what should you wear to a fall wedding?

The answer is, you really have to be prepared for anything! Usually the days are warmer while the nights get cooler, so a versatile outfit is key! No matter what type of wedding it is, we put together some surefire dresses to wear to a fall wedding.

What To Wear To A Fall Wedding, Regardless Of How Formal It Is

What to wear to a casual wedding


I will say, most weddings in the South are on the casual side. From food truck faire to backyard bashes, the laid-back vibe of Southern culture carries on through our weddings! So what should you wear to a casual fall wedding? Think boho! Long flowing maxi dresses with a print, or a short off the shoulder look with sleeves is perfect for a fall wedding. Pair the look with some ankle boots and make sure you bring a soft flow -y duster if the temperature happens to drop.

For ideas on casual bowlful wedding where, look at the Maywood Dress from Abednego or the Parker Dress from Lizard Thicket.

Here are more casual rules to keep in mind:

  • No matter how casual, don’t wear jeans to a wedding!
  • Style your dress with a funky necklace.
  • Don’t be afraid to wear a hat!
  • Boots are completely acceptable!
  • However, tennis shoes are not acceptable! 🙂
  • Look like you made an effort with your outfit.
  • Don’t show up like you just rolled out of bed!
  • Flats and sandals are totally acceptable.
  • Don’t break out the flip flops until you hit the dance floor!
  • Prints are always more fun!
  • Don’t wear this look to a black tie wedding!

What to wear to a formal wedding


If glitz and glam are on the docket for a fall wedding, (think a grand symphony center wedding or a romantic botanical gardens wedding), bring some darker colors like navy, black, or burgundy into your attire. Bringing interest to your neckline with a unique dress cut is a fun way to still bring some personality to a formal look. You can even take a fashion risk and choose a long mustard tone gown in lace! Be sure to bring a light glitzy cardigan or a soft wrap in case it gets cold at night. 🙂

For ideas, look at Sen Lace Maxi from Moda or the Lace Maxi – Yellow from

More tips to remember:

  • Do not draw attention away from the bride.
  • Take risks with the cuts of your dress, but don’t get too risky.
  • Think tasteful and subdued!
  • Don’t wear a princess dress ball gown unless specified on the invitation.
  • Don’t get crazy with your jewelry choices.
  • Wear a long gown whenever possible.
  • Watch your slit length – remember this is a sophisticated affair!
  • From beaded to sequined, make a statement with your clutch!
  • Don’t completely fret over your shoes – most people won’t see them and you might kick them off on the dance floor.
  • Channel your inner Audrey Hepburn. 🙂

Somewhere in between

Somewhere in Between

On a scale of formal to casual, whichever way the wedding may sway, you’re sure to feel comfortable with these two looks! A simple black midi dress with a slit in back or an all-over fall colored lace knee-length number is sure to wow (but not overpower the bride or bridesmaids!). Dress each of these looks up with fun earrings and detailed shoes to take them to the next level!

For ideas, check out the June Lace Dress from Draper James or the Elise Dress from Elizabeth Suzanne.

Here are more items to keep in mind:

  • Don’t wear a completely white dress.
  • Hints of white are totally fine.
  • If ONE of your separates (either your top or skirt) is white, it’s completely ok!
  • If you attend an outdoor wedding, remember your heels may dig into the grass.
  • Remember, your nails, hair,and makeup makes a huge difference in your entire look.
  • Go dark with your lip color if it’s a night wedding.
  • Go dark with your eye color if it’s a day wedding.
  • Leave the fur coat/stole at home (it’s reserved for the bride!)
  • You can also leave the gloves at home as well.
  • Let the bride have her moment.

No matter which look you choose, own it and make it yours! You know your style better than anyone else and whether you’re feeling like you want to take a risk or wear your go-to little black dress, the most important things to do that night are celebrate the couple, enjoy yourself and have FUN!

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Bio: After years of blogging for both Nashville businesses and on her own, Alyssa DiCicco took over long time Nashville wedding blog, Nashville Bride Guide! In the past, she’s worked with various brands bringing them extensive exposure – and back in 2008, one of those brands was Nashville Bride Guide. Her long-time knowledge of the blog as an employee and client led her to the point of taking ownership of the blog in 2016.

Alyssa is originally from the Chicago area, but Nashville has been her home base for 9 years and it’s since given her an eye for design and cutting-edge trends in the local wedding industry. Alyssa’s experience in marketing and design at a leading Nashville rental company brings a fresh new perspective to the blog and a well-rounded understanding of what Nashville brides want. She also holds the role of Vice President for the Tennessee Wedding and Event Specialists Association (TWESA).

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Unexpected wedding costs

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

Our team of California wedding planners create custom wedding budgets for all different types of weddings. One of the first things we do when planning a wedding with our couples is to establish a realistic budget that covers all costs so that we don’t have to worry about surprise expenses popping up.  Couples that start to spend without knowing all costs or having a realistic idea of pricing often end up over budget and in debt come wedding day.

Don’t Overlook These 10 Unexpected Wedding Expenses

Since we don’t expect all couples to be experienced wedding planners and know all the costs to anticipate, here are 10 unexpected wedding expenses that you can be prepared for.

Tax and Service Charge

This tiny fine print on your venue catering contract that can add an additional 20-32% to your anticipated cost of venue, food and beverage.  When requesting a price quote from your caterer, be sure to factor in tax and service charge to the actual cost.

Hosted bar

Extra Hours of Hosted Bar

Many catering packages include 1-4 hours of hosted bar, but that typically isn’t enough to cover the whole reception.  If you do not want your guests to start paying for their drinks at some point during the evening, then request a price quote for additional hours of hosted bar.


Some venues require liability insurance to cover any potential damages by you or your guests.  Although not too expensive, this still is an additional cost.

Guest Parking

If you are hosting your reception at a hotel or resort, valet parking is typically an extra cost not always mentioned up front.  Expect to pay $7-$20 per guest vehicle for guests attending the reception that are not staying overnight at the hotel.

Bridal hairstyles

Hair and Makeup for Bridesmaids

If you expect bridesmaids to have their hair and makeup professionally done, then you might need to pay for it.  Not all ladies can afford this extra expense, so if you are going to require it then you might have to consider paying for it.

Hair and Makeup Preview

Have your artist try different looks ahead of time to decide how you will look on wedding day and save the unnecessary stress of experimenting (and possibly breaking down in tears) on your big day.

Rehearsal Dinner

Although tradition dictates the groom’s parents pay for the rehearsal dinner, sometimes they cannot afford to, or the couple is footing the bill for everything.  This can range from an intimate casual dinner to another large wedding event, so take time to discuss what you want and who is paying for it.

Wedding bus


Have you considered how you are going to get you and your whole bridal party from the getting ready site to the ceremony, then to special photo shoot locations, then to the reception, and then back to everyone’s accommodations at the end of the night?  Whether you need a small town car or shuttle for 35 people, factor in a chunk of money for this.

Vendor Meals

Vendors that are working for the entire reception (and possibly the whole day) need to take a meal break.  Because you don’t want your photographer leaving your wedding for an hour to go find a hot meal, most vendors should have vendor meals included in their contract requirements.  This is ordered through your caterer and is less expensive than a guest meal.


Most vendor contracts don’t include gratuity.  Although not required, it is good to consider tips for vendors that have provided wonderful service.  You do not need to pay 20% of each vendor contract, but can consider a flat amount for each vendor.

There you have it!  Hopefully you will not encounter any surprise expenses, although we have known parents to keep adding to the guest list and those impulse buy moments of I just gotta have this for my wedding!  Creating a realistic budget ahead of time and sticking to it will allow you to start your marriage off successfully without a bunch of credit card debt.

Happy Budgeting!

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Bio:  Katherine Hoggard is the Owner of Events by Katherine in Irvine, California.  She has been planning weddings since 2009, and has a team of 8 wonderful wedding planners that collaborate together to create beautiful and fun weddings.  Her favorite moments are watching couples enjoy all the details come together on their wedding day.  She loves dancing, self-employment, and milkshakes. See more at

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