More and more couples are opting to be married outdoors, which may leave you wondering about appropriate outdoor wedding guest attire. In past posts, I have talked about what to wear to a beach wedding and what to wear to a vineyard wedding. How about what to wear to a garden wedding? Here are a few ideas.
1. Floral Dresses are a Natural Choice
Garden weddings range from low-key affairs at home in the backyard, to elaborate spreads in large parks surrounded by lush gardens and fountains. They are pretty, romantic and usually very traditional. Naturally, the easiest way to fit in with the botanical theme is to wear feminine, floral wedding guest attire.
For an afternoon wedding, you could go a couple of different ways: pastel dresses are always appropriate, or you could wear brighter florals, so long as they didn’t look too tropical. (Leave Hawaiian tropical prints for a beach or destination wedding).
Florals prints on navy, black or purple backgrounds are also very popular at the moment. They tend to be considered more formal garden wedding attire, since the flowers are on very dark backgrounds. If you are wearing a dress like this be careful that the look isn’t dark or moody. An outdoor wedding is a light, sunny, happy event, so nothing edgy or goth-like. Bright or cheery flowers on a dark background are best. Colorful accessories can also make dark florals look more festive.
2. Lace is Lovely
Lace is always a perfect choice for a wedding, and it’s particularly romantic for a garden wedding. This blue lace midi dress with the high-low hemline is classic with a modern twist.
3. Pastels are Pretty
Attending an afternoon garden wedding surrounded by all those flowers is a little like being at a lovely tea party, which is why a feminine dress in a delicate shade of pink, pale blue, violet or mint green would fit right in. Pastels, like soft pink, baby blue, pale yellow, peach, mint green and violet are always a popular choice for weddings, and look especially nice in a garden setting.
Concerned about looking too sugary sweet in a pastel? Add a patterned clutch and some sophisticated heels to ground your outfit. If the nuptials take place on the grass and not a patio, then black heels may be better, or even a wedge heel.
4. Maxi Dresses Go With the Easy Breezy Feel
A flowy, feminine maxi dress with a romantic feel is another good option for a garden wedding. A floral print is always lovely, especially in chiffon, but you could also go with a solid color. (See post on guidelines for maxi dresses for an afternoon wedding.)
Nude wedges highlight the gorgeous pink and peach shades in the dress above and make it look fresh and modern.
5. A Pretty Sundresses is Fine for a Very Informal Wedding
Some couples get married in their backyard because they want the wedding to be very small, low-key and super casual. In this case, you would not need to wear a cocktail dress. Casual backyard wedding attire could include a pretty sundress, a skirt, and blouse or a casual maxi dress. Dress your outfit up with a bit of jewelry and some pretty accessories to make it more festive.
Do you have other ideas for backyard or garden guest wedding attire? Let me know. Or maybe you need ideas what to wear other types of weddings. Here are some suggestions.