Weddings aren’t just “the big day” anymore — they’re weekend-long affairs with welcome drinks, rehearsal dinners, day-of activities and farewell brunches. Even celebrations that don’t require a plane ticket are packed with festivities.
Whether you’re the bride-to-be or guest, coordinating a weekend’s worth of wedding outfits can be tricky (and expensive!). For a schedule that calls for quick changes, consider this your guide to making an entrance at every celebratory event.
WHAT TO WEAR TO THE REHEARSAL DINNER AND WELCOME PARTY
When choosing your first outfit of the wedding weekend, take into account the venue and the couple’s vibes (e.g., is it a formal rehearsal dinner or more of a welcome party?). Here’s a simple rule of thumb: consider the wedding dress code, then choose an outfit a little less formal than your wedding look.
You already know you need that white dress, but what about all the other outfits for the weekend? Head-to-toe sparkles? A pop of color for something unexpected? This is your moment to shine, so throw out the rulebook and have some fun!
Most welcome parties are often attendance-optional, so the stakes are lower. Opt for something a bit more trendy to nail that “carefree chic” look that will have your fellow attendees stealing glances all night. Whether it’s a formal rehearsal dinner or informal welcome drinks, set your sartorial tone for the weekend by playing with hemlines, textures, standout prints or, better yet, all of the above.
WHAT TO WEAR TO THE RECEPTION
Your outfit here really depends on the dress code and the venue. For guests, it’s always good to err on the side of formal. For the bride, you’ve already wowed them in your wedding gown — why not surprise everyone by switching up your look for the after party?
Perfect for showing off your moves on the dance floor, a LWD or shimmery mini is just the kind of celebratory ‘fit to carry you through the after party (and the after-after party).
Yes, it’s really all about the beautiful newlyweds — but that doesn’t mean you can’t turn heads, as well. Depending on the dress code, try a body-skimming cocktail dress that’s made to shimmy or a sleek gown with unexpected flair, like sheer details or subtle cutouts.
WHAT TO WEAR TO THE FAREWELL BRUNCH
You made it to the finish line! Now’s your moment to be casual and comfortable before heading home.
It’s been a long and emotional weekend for you, so a comfy dress or easy jumpsuit is the ideal outfit. Playful accessories are the perfect way to add a punch to your otherwise effortless look.
For a throw-on-and-go brunch look, free-flowing silhouettes are your friend. Try slouchy denim with a sweater or a midi dress with a statement bag to make traveling home a breeze.