Thursday, June 16, 2016

What to Wear to a Summer Wedding



If you're like me, I always stress out when it comes to wedding attire! Short dress or long? Wedges or heels? If you're in need of ideas, take a look at Macy's wedding shop - they have everything you could ever need for a wedding, including all types of dresses! The outfit I'm wearing in these photos is a great example of what to wear to a formal wedding. This colorblocked fit & flare dress reminds me a little of Audrey Hepburn, I LOVE how classy it is. And these studded kitten heels look just like Valentino heels but they are less than $100! (And come in four colors ;) If you're still questioning what to wear, you can go by a few of these rules:

If the invitation says "semiformal" or "dressy casual":
Take your cues from the time of the event: if it's past 6 p.m., wear darker, more formal colors, and opt for light colors and fabrics for a daytime event. A cocktail dress is perfect for this wedding.

If the invitation says "formal" or "black tie optional":
This wording indicates attire slightly less formal than black tie. Your options include a long dress (although it isn't required) and a formal cocktail dress.

If the invitation says "black tie":
Typically, black tie functions start after 6 p.m. and are very fancy. Men should wear tuxedos,  and women should wear floor-length gowns.

If the invitation says "white tie":
This is the most formal of all dress codes (think White House state dinners). For the ladies, a formal floor-length evening gown, and for men, a tuxedo and long black jacket with tails.

Once you've nailed down the attire, you can't forget about the wedding gift! When you shop a couple's registry at Macy's, you can take $20 off your next purchase of $50 or more. You can find more details about Macy's "give a gift, get a gift promotion" here! I've linked up a few of my favorite gifts below.

WEDDING GIFT IDEAS FROM MACY'S:

*Thanks to Macy's & ShopStyle for sponsoring this post

41 comments:

  1. I'm surprised that you choice a predominantly black dress for a wedding post! I may be traditional, but my Southern mother always said, "Never wear black to a wedding, or you'll curse the bride" -- and that stuck with me! Weddings -- especially in the summer - call for color!!!

    But, I LOVE the dress -- very classy and elegant, just not for a wedding.

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    1. Oh really!? I grew up in a Southern home and have never heard of that rule :) I think black is so elegant and really dressy - and it's fine for a wedding after 6 p.m.!

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  2. You look gorgeous! So classy I love it!

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  3. Such a pretty dress on you! Perfect for a wedding.

    xo, Annie

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  4. This is so pretty and I have a dress like this so I'll have to wear it to a wedding if I have any coming up plus I never thought to wear pearls to make it vintage looking.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale |

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  5. Love your outfit! I think it's perfect and I love the little clutch!

    http://sequinsinpink.blogspot.com

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  6. Absolutely love that dress on you, it is so classic! Also love the large pearl necklace, it is so fun.

    Ashley
    MyWellDressedLife.com

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  7. Such a classic look, I really like the pink cake batter appliance. My friend has it and she makes the best cakes. Have a wonderful weekend.
    XO,
    Maria
    MariaOnPoint http://mariaonpoint.com/ | Find me on IG https://www.instagram.com/mariajabad/

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  8. OMG!!!!
    You look absolutelly stunning!
    Love how that dress fits on you.
    Emma
    www.emmalovesfashion.com

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  9. This dress is perfect for a summer wedding! It is very Audrey Hepburn & I love it!!
    Kelsey
    www.thepeacockroost.com

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  10. So beautiful and elegant!
    xoxo, www.piperellice.com

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  11. This is a cute and classic dress. Love the heels with it too!

    How Gorgeous

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  12. I absolutely love this outfit on you Caitlin! It's so cute and definitely a classic!

    xoxo,
    Katie
    chicincarolina.blogspot.com

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  13. lovely look!
    http://killthemwithchic.com/

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  14. You look adorable in this dress! So Audrey Hepburn with a modern twist <3

    xo, Nina
    Law of Fashion Blog

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  15. Very Audrey Hepburn like outfit, so classy and feminine!!

    http://lartoffashion.com

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  16. I absolutely love this dress! Gorgeous photos and great tips!

    Kim

    http://bit.ly/265uYrt .. the best Georgetown brunch (&dresses under $40!)!

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  17. This post is so helpful - I'm always wondering what the "dress codes" mean when I get an invitation. Thanks so much for sharing!

    xoxo,
    Bailey
    Here’s The Skinny

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  18. Black, white and hot pink is probably THE best combination ever!!! <3

    You look so stunning.

    xo Vanessa from www.TheTrendique.com

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  19. I love the black and white and pink together! Super cute.

    www.kristinadoestheinternets.com

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  20. Great tips! And I love the pop of pink in your outfit!

    xo, Carey
    https://thedaintydetails.wordpress.com

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  21. Such a darling post...i never used to want to wear black to a wedding but now I think it's super chic! your dress is darling! XO

    @stylemelauren
    http://www.stylemelauren.com

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  22. I love that dress with the pearls!

    Her Heartland Soul
    Herheartlandsoul.com

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  23. Omg this outfit is super cute, i'm in love!
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    Thank you! xxx

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  24. This dress is so gorgeous and I love your shoes as well. :) Perfect wedding look!

    Rachel
    Simply Rachel Nicole

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  25. Great post! Wedding invitation dress codes can be so hard to decipher sometimes! I absolutely love that outfit you've got on, perfect for a summer wedding!

    www.blushandbordeaux.com

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  26. I am in love with your posts. I really could have used the wedding info for my friend's wedding last weekend lol. I'm so inspired by your creativity and eye for cute and fashionable ideas!
    www.shoppingforgold.blogspot.com

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  27. This dress is gorgeous. The comments suggest that this dress runs small and you should go one size up. Did you find this to be true?

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  29. This dress is gorgeous. The comments suggest that this dress runs small and you should go one size up. Did you find this to be true?

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  30. Love your black and white dress! So cute!
    -Meg
    www.smalltownsisters.blogspot.com

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  31. That dress is adorable and I love the pops of pink!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  32. Love this post, Caitlin! The style of this look is true to your blog's name :)

    Arum Lilea

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  33. What a stunning look for a summer wedding! Beautiful.

    xx Kathryn
    www.chicandshimmer.com

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  34. Super cute!! And I love the pop of pink! :)

    Jordan: The Teacup of Style
    Instagram: @teacupofstyle

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  35. Love this outfit! and this post was definitely very helpful in regards to what to wear and what to get for the happy couple.
    -Leah Pelly

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  36. Is this at Wait Chapel!? These are such lovely pics! It rained after the hooding ceremony so I didn't get to get my final pics there :( I just graduated with my MA from Wake in psychology and I used to work at the Krispy Kreme on University Pkwy. Right before I left, we got these gorgeous white and gold glittery handmade mugs you would love! <3

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