Wedding Weekend 101: What to Wear to Every Event

March 20, 2019 by


Weddings aren’t just weddings anymore, they’re multi-day affairs with updated ways to celebrate age-old traditions. What was once referred to as the “big day” has now become a weekend-long celebration packed with different events and activities. More and more couples are planning welcome dinners and farewell brunches—in addition to the ceremony and reception—to make the most of the festivities.

Whether you’re the bride-to-be or guest, coordinating a weekend’s worth of wedding outfits can be tricky (and expensive). When the invite calls for multiple outfit changes, consider this your guide to rocking every event throughout the wedding weekend.

WHAT TO WEAR TO THE WELCOME PARTY

When choosing your first outfit of the wedding weekend, take into account the venue (is it in a hotel or or at a family member’s home?) and your personal style. This is usually a casual event, people are just getting in from out of town, and you’re getting to know the other guests, so opt for something a bit more relaxed.

BRIDE

At the start of your wedding weekend, you have enough on your mind as it is to fuss over what you’re wearing. Our advice? Go for a one-piece wonder. Throw on a feminine mini dress and pair it delicate jewelry and voilà! Your outfit is complete.

GUEST

There’s no need to get too dressed up, an easy wrap dress will definitely do the trick. Rent a style in a fun seasonal print or color, and use bold accessories to elevate your look.

WHAT TO WEAR TO THE THE REHEARSAL DINNER

Confused about what to wear to the rehearsal dinner? Here’s a simple rule of thumb: consider the wedding theme, then choose an outfit a little less formal than what you are wearing to the wedding.

BRIDE

Make a confident entrance to the rehearsal dinner in something that makes you feel amazing. Cut to flatter every silhouette, a timeless sheath skims over your curves to create a sleek, timeless look. Finish off your look with accessories that (literally) speak for themselves.

GUEST

Now’s the time to have some fun with your outfit. Try a new trend or rent something outside your style comfort zone. For spring, RTR Stylists are loving soft pastel shades. Wear them layered together or as a statement pop of color.

DRESS: THEIA, DRESS: C/MEO COLLECTIVE, BAG: LOEFFLER RANDALL

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 air on the side of formal. For the bride, you’ve already wowed them in your wedding gown, so why not surprise your guests by switching up your look for the party?

BRIDE

From mingling amongst your guests to showing off your moves on the dance floor, rent a LWD that is comfortable enough to carry you through the rest of the evening.

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GUEST

Yes, it’s really all about the bride, but that doesn’t mean you have to wear something boring. Look for classic silhouette like a fancy cocktail dress or column gown (depending of the dress code) with unexpected details like sheer details or subtle cutouts.

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WHAT TO WEAR TO THE FAREWELL BRUNCH

Like the welcome party, the post-wedding brunch is typically a casual event since most people are traveling back home. Rent an outfit that’s equal parts comfortable and stylish.

BRIDE

It’s been a long and emotional weekend for you, so an easy jumpsuit (paired with a messy top knot) is the ideal outfit. Complete your outfit with playful accessories.

EARRINGS: LELE SADOUGHI, JUMPSUIT: NICHOLAS, BAG: LIZZIE FORTUNATO

GUEST

For an effortless brunch style, slouchy denim is your friend. Pair it with a lightweight sweater or blouse to make traveling back home a breeze. Make the look more polished with a sleek bag and minimalist accents.

TOP: MARA HOFFMAN, JEANS: HABITUAL, BAG: 3.1 PHILLIP LIM ACCESSORIES

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