Wedding season is upon us! How many “save the dates” and invites with fancy calligraphy do you have hanging on your fridge from engaged friends and family members right now? Weddings are super fun when you’re a guest, even when you have a wedding every other weekend during the summer.
Since weddings are a big deal, and very Instagrammable occasions, you can’t really wear the same dress every single time. And as the Twin Cities has so many different venues, from breweries to Basilicas, you have to be prepared. Even though the rules of dressing for weddings have changed quite a lot in recent years, you should still be aware of two things: You cannot wear white, even if the bride is wearing silver or blush, and you probably shouldn’t wear a miniskirt. (I’ve seen it happen before, and it’s not a good look.)
For a classic wedding:
Pretty, feminine floral dresses are perfect for nearly any kind of wedding, but they look especially perfect at the ol’ “church wedding, Depot reception, and dance” kinda thing. You can chat up grandparents and get drunk on red wine in them, and you can totally re-wear them to work with a cardigan or a jacket.
For a backyard wedding:
A backyard wedding gives you the opportunity to go casual, but you can’t exactly throw on cutoffs and a T-shirt. A simple sundress like these BB Dakota beauties from Roe Wolfe give off cool, chill vibes, and are easy to dress up or down. Add your favorite pair of wedges or cute flats and you’re good to go.
For a modern, Walker Art Center wedding:
Not a frilly dress kinda girl? That’s why the good lord invented jumpsuits. You can easily fancy up this simple black jumpsuit with shoes and jewels; we’d recommended wearing it with an unfussy strappy metallic sandal, a big matte silver ring, and sleek, straight hair. Or, pair it with retro curls and red lips for a more unexpected twist.
For a brewery wedding:
If you RSVP’d to a wedding at a brewery (it seems like there are hundreds in Minneapolis!) then you have a little more freedom to have fun with your outfit. Try a patterned two-piece like this one, and you’ll almost upstage the bride. Plus, showing a little midriff gives you more room to drink more beer. Perks!
For a WASPy wedding:
You gotta go to Melly at the Galleria and get your Lilly Pulitzer on if the wedding you’re attending has a high-society bent and someone is playing croquet out on the lawn. Trust us on this one.
For a more formal event:
Yes, a long, black dress seems kind of obvious, and it is — but it’s also versatile. Notice how Kindred at D.Nolo styled this simple dress with pretty accessories, including that gorgeous clutch. Simple doesn’t have to be boring!