Summer weddings: what to wear + wedding etiquette

Happy Thursday loves! We still have one more month of summer – which means some of you may have some more summer weddings to attend. Now that I have reached my twenties, more and more people are getting married (so sweet and weird lol). If you have never been to a wedding as a millennial, do not fret! Here are some the of tips I have learned as a new comer to weddings.

To wear white or to not wear white, that is the question..

It is an unwritten rule to not wear white at a person’s wedding. The idea behind this rule is that if a guest is wearing white, you are taking away from the bride’s day. Needless to say, couples are becoming more and more unconventional when it comes to their wedding day. If you are hesitant to wear white, don’t be feel silly to ask the bride whether or not she will mind (because sometimes, the bride will sincerely not care). The dress that I am wearing in these pictures can be found here. If for any reason, the bride does to want you to wear white, be respectful and rock your favorite color instead! Below are some of my favorite dresses from Banana Republic and Ann Taylor. I like to shop here because they offer petite styled clothing and their selections are timeless. 😉

Location, location, location

When you are trying to figure out what you should wear to a wedding, consider where it is going to be held. What you are going to wear at a wedding taking place in a church is going to be much different from a wedding that is at the beach. Also keep an eye out for the weather forecast the day of the wedding.

Shoes are a girl’s best friend

The shoes you pick to wear to a wedding are just an important as the outfit. I hate being in uncomfortable shoes at a wedding (especially after all the dancing). When in doubt, bring an extra pair of flats in dance in. I love espadrille wedges because we are super comfortable and give you some extra height. If you have a wedding outside, a thin, tall heel is not going to do you any favors! I love these wedges from Marc Fisher. You can purchase a similar pair from Marc Fisher here. If you want an option that is under $100, Steve Madden has wedges that come in 4 colors (including rose gold).

Keep it classy 

I say this with love, not judgement. Remember that when you are at a wedding, you are a guest of the bride and groom’s special day. Be respectful. When you select your outfit, pick dresses and tops that flatter your body without looking too casual (showing a lot of skin is great for summer outings and festivals, not so much for weddings). Nonetheless, you never know who you are going to meet (at any social gathering). As such, you want to present yourself with grace and poise at all times.


Dress: Banana Republic // Clutch: J.Crew // Shoes: UGG; similar here // Earrings: Ann Taylor; similar here

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  1. 8.3.17
    Stephanie said:

    Love your advice! Shoes are important as the dress. AND the keep it classy advice is priceless. I think many times this is not ever considered when picking out a good wedding guest ensemble. That dress is gorgeous. – Stephanie |

    • 8.5.17
      Cristina said:

      Thank you, Stephanie! I agree. I am all for having fun but there is no sense in getting sloppy (especially when you put so much effort into finding the right look). xx

  2. 8.3.17
    Dina said:

    Great styling tips! Love your Summer Wedding look – perfect combination of classy and stylish!

    • 8.5.17
      Cristina said:

      Thank you Dina! I’m glad this post was helpful xx

  3. 8.3.17
    Mary said:

    You look beautiful and so chic!

    • 8.5.17
      Cristina said:

      You are too kind. Thank you so much for your kind words. xx

  4. 8.3.17
    Linda said:

    Your dress is absolutely gorgeous! You look beautiful!


  5. 8.3.17
    Shai said:

    These are really great tips! I’ve never been to a wedding so I wouldn’t know the first thing about dressing for one other than a formal look! lol

    • 8.5.17
      Cristina said:

      lol! I was in the same boat as you last year. I think weddings are a fun time to dress up a little more than usual. We all deserve to feel like a princess, right? xx

  6. 8.3.17

    Wow what a gorgeous dress! Love all of your tips – it’s always tough trying to figure out what to wear and location is such a big factor!


    • 8.5.17
      Cristina said:

      Oh I agree, Kinsey! I didn’t factor location for one wedding I went to last year and it was quite the experience lol. xx

  7. 8.3.17
    Delaney said:

    Attending two different weddings this summer so I definitely need some outfit inspo!

    • 8.5.17
      Cristina said:

      Oh wow! That sounds like fun. Let me know what you decide to wear! I am always looking for new ideas. xx

  8. 8.3.17

    I love your outfit! Especially like your earrings.

  9. 8.4.17

    Love your dress!! You look great 🙂

  10. 8.4.17
    Emily said:

    This dress is so lovely on you!


  11. 8.4.17
    Chloe said:

    This is such a cute look for a wedding! I LOVE the straw bag and wedges! They look perfect for a Summer wedding! 🙂

    xo, Chloe //

    • 8.5.17
      Cristina said:

      Thank you Chloe! I am so glad you enjoyed the post. Have an amazing weekend. xx