Guide to Dressing like a Bride for All Your Events

By Lucille Fernandez

The moment you get engaged is the beginning of a season of attention. For the next few months, you should be prepared to have all eyes on you. There’s no shortage of people who want to celebrate your love and they’ll have several occasions to do so. Between the showers, rehearsals and bachelorette, all the way up to your honeymoon, you’re going to need a lot of new outfits. Look the part for each of your many matrimonial celebrations with this short guide to dressing like a bride.

1.     Wear white or light colors

Even if you don’t wear white at your wedding it’s a good idea to work it in during your big events. You can also go with lighter shades of pastel, metallics like rose gold or neutrals like cream and beige. These will help you stand out as the lady of the hour. Most guests know to steer clear of them so as not to steal the limelight.

2.     Know your audience

Partying with your girlfriends is different than partying with your extended family. We wouldn’t want great Aunt Aida giving you the side eye for wearing something too sexy at your bridal brunch. As a rule of thumb, if family and in-laws will be present, be mindful to button up a bit. When it’s just you and the girls, let loose and feel free to sport something that shows off your fiery side.

3.     Consider the venue

There’s a big difference between a backyard bbq and a sit down dinner. The locale and type of event will largely dictate the dress code. Some wedding venues are simply more formal than others so you won’t want to be under (or over!) dressed. Unless your celebration is a surprise, do your research to see if you’ll be celebrating at a fancy full-service event venue or at a more casual setting.

4.     Make sure you’d wear it again

When selecting your threads, be sure and pick something you would want to wear more than once. This way you won’t be so concerned about spending a little more for something you really love. After all, these are arguably some of the most important events in your life so dress accordingly.

5.     Choose something that makes you feel pretty

You can solicit all the advice you want, but ultimately, you need to choose an outfit that makes you feel like the beautiful blushing bride you are. Look for silhouettes that flatter your figure and hide your flaws. Just make sure you’re comfortable, too! If not, your guests will be able to tell. You can also jazz up any look with a few baubles, new lipstick and fabulous pair of kicks.

Special wedding-related events call for special bridal outfits. Follow these tips and you’ll be radiating that special bridal glow for each one.