Louella Reese Wedding Dress Code Guide I

Today’s post kicks off a two week series where I’ll be breaking down wedding dress codes for guests. Wedding season is definitely starting to pick up and lots of invites are making their way to your mailbox. These invites almost always include a short one line dress code statement. Which often times causes more confusion then clarification. Am I right? Black Tie, Formal, Cocktail Formal, Cocktail, Casual, etc… Figuring out what exactly to wear now just became a lot more difficult. BUT lucky for you, I’ve partnered with David’s Bridal to break down these wedding dress codes and provide you with some options for each one. David’s Bridal is a great resource for wedding guest dresses that fall under each dress code. As they offer an assortment of dresses include cocktail & party styles plus long & formalwear

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photos by amanda moss // back seat photography // location: the ballantyne hotel 

Today we’re starting on the more casual end. Talking about the Casual and Cocktail dress codes. These are typically the two you will experience most often. Which is great because they’re also the two easiest to dress for! I’m almost 100% certain you have at least one dress in your closet that would work for both of these dress codes. Although who doesn’t love an excuse to shop for a new dress!

So let’s dive in with the Casual Wedding guest attire first. 

Wedding Dress Code Guide, What to Wear to a Wedding, Wedding Dress Codes, Wedding Guest Attire, David's Bridal Wedding Guest Dresses

c/o dress // shoes // sunglasses // earrings // cuff // scarf 

{anyone know what movie we grabbed inspiration from for this photo? comment below if you have a guess}

Casual: What this typically indicates is that the wedding will likely be held outdoors {either the actual ceremony and/or the reception}. This means the event will be a lot laid-back, especially with the attire for guests. A spring or summer sundress would be appropriate. Think floral patterns, lighter hues, and feminine details. Simple heels or wedges would work for footwear. Be sure to pay attention as to whether the event is held on a beach or in a field, you may have to opt for flat footwear if that is the case. A metallic sandal would be a great option for that. 

Key Trends for Casual Weddings: Illusion cutouts, two piece ensembles, and floral prints. 

Wedding Dress Code Guide, What to Wear to a Wedding, Wedding Dress Codes, Wedding Guest Attire, David's Bridal Wedding Guest Dresses

Wedding Dress Code Guide, What to Wear to a Wedding, Wedding Dress Codes, Wedding Guest Attire, David's Bridal Wedding Guest Dresses

Wedding Dress Code Guide, What to Wear to a Wedding, Wedding Dress Codes, Wedding Guest Attire, David's Bridal Wedding Guest Dresses

Wedding Dress Code Guide, What to Wear to a Wedding, Wedding Dress Codes, Wedding Guest Attire, David's Bridal Wedding Guest Dresses

My pick for a casual wedding was this fun and flirty little number by Cheers Cynthia Rowley. Everything about this dress is fun! The freesia blossoms, pink hue, scoop neck, and the fit & flare silhouette. A patterned dress of this nature is perfect for a casual wedding. You can easily wear it with heels as I did here or pair it with your favorite go to wedges. Tell me this dress doesn’t make you want to twirl around the dance floor? 

For accessories I kept everything very simple. Again, it’s a casual event so you don’t need to go all out. I’d recommend choosing one accessory to really have fun with and keeping everything else as simple as possible. For me, it was statement earrings

This dress is available in sizes 2-14 and is exclusively available at select David’s Bridal stores and online here. I would recommend checking out the full Cheers Cynthia Rowley line. Every single dress or two piece ensemble is beyond adorable! 

Next up is Cocktail Wedding guest attire. 

Wedding Dress Code Guide, What to Wear to a Wedding, Wedding Dress Codes, Wedding Guest Attire, David's Bridal Wedding Guest Dresses

c/o dress // scarf // handbag // cuff // bangles // shoes 

Cocktail: May also be called Semi-Formal or Dressy Casual. The time of the event this can change what you should wear. If it’s an afternoon or early evening event, feel free to reach for light colors and fabrics. If the event is later in the evening, wear darker colors and more muted patterns. Think navy, black, gray, brown, or wine hues. This type of event calls for a cocktail length dress. Shop David’s Bridal cocktail dresses here

Key Trends for Cocktail Weddings: Lace, higher necklines, and shoulder emphasis {cold shoulder and off the shoulder}.

Wedding Dress Code Guide, What to Wear to a Wedding, Wedding Dress Codes, Wedding Guest Attire, David's Bridal Wedding Guest Dresses

Wedding Dress Code Guide, What to Wear to a Wedding, Wedding Dress Codes, Wedding Guest Attire, David's Bridal Wedding Guest Dresses

Wedding Dress Code Guide, What to Wear to a Wedding, Wedding Dress Codes, Wedding Guest Attire, David's Bridal Wedding Guest Dresses

Wedding Dress Code Guide, What to Wear to a Wedding, Wedding Dress Codes, Wedding Guest Attire, David's Bridal Wedding Guest Dresses

What to Wear to a Wedding, Wedding Dress Codes, Wedding Guest Attire, David's Bridal Wedding Guest Dresses, Wedding Dress Code Guide

Without a doubt, for an evening cocktail wedding, I’ll be choosing navy. I love the classic hue. Something about navy instantly gives you a more polished look while still making a statement. This dress has so many fun details, there was no way I could pass it up. Between the crisscross detail at the waist, the textured petal detail, and the neckline, I was hooked! I love that this dress is classic but still allows you to have fun! When choosing a dress for a cocktail wedding, you want to go simple in pattern {nothing loud or too bright} but this subtle pattern all in the same hue is perfect! 

Have a little fun with your accessories here. Go with a statement clutch and earrings. A cocktail wedding is a step up from a casual wedding. Therefore go a little snazzy with your accessories. Don’t be afraid to allow them to make the statement for your look. 

This dress is available in sizes 2-14 and is exclusively available at select David’s Bridal stores and online here. The dress is also currently on sale, making it under $100. 

Stay tuned for next Thursday when I’ll dive into formal and black tie wedding dress codes. 

Thank you to David’s Bridal for sponsoring this post!  All views and opinions are of course my own. 

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Vaishali

Not attending a wedding this sseason but totally going for this. Beautiful you look.
Vaishali
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K. Elizabeth

I often struggle with what to wear to casual weddings. It’s like you want to be casual and comfy, but you don’t want to be too casual like you’re hitting the mall or something. And I would never thought to check out David’s Bridal for wedding attire. I always think of them as being places where just bridal parties shop. Will have to remember to check them out for the next wedding I attend.

    Laura Leigh | Louella Reese

    Yes, I completely understand. I hope this helped you figure out what to wear a little more. You’ll definitely have to check them out. So many cute dresses. The Cheers Cynthia Rowley line is perfect for casual/fun weddings.

    xo Laura Leigh

Morgan

Both dresses are gorgeous on you!! I love the feminine and lace detail of both

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Linda

love this navy lace gown.

Emily

These are such great tips Laura! I’m in a wedding next month and have been #struggling with figuring out what to wear to the rehearsal dinner! While I obviously have a dress to the actual wedding, I will definitely be using these tips for the rehearsal dinner!

xox Emily
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