How to Dress For A Vineyard Wedding

Wineries are becoming popular places to get married these days, but if you’ve never attended a vineyard wedding, you may be at a loss for what to wear. Here are a few ideas for what to wear to a vineyard wedding to look beautiful and feel confident.Vineyard wedding attire for guests - Purple Velvet

Let the Winery Setting Inspire You

A vineyard wedding is one of the prettiest weddings you will ever attend. It often takes place in summer or early fall amidst rolling hills of greenery, gardens, flowers and rustic stone walkways. The reception is usually held under a beautiful, grapevine-canopied pergola.

Whether it’s at Napa Valley, Martha’s Vineyard or Niagara on the Lake, a wine country wedding is a relaxed but elegant affair.  You’ll want to dress classy and a little romantic in keeping with the spirit of vineyard chic.

Vineyard Wedding Guest Dress- Orange and Purple



Florals or a Pretty Print Look Lovely

A pretty floral is a beautiful choice for any type of vineyard wedding guest attire, be it a skirt, top or dress.  Pastel florals and prints are popular for summer, or you can go with something more sophisticated for fall like this gold and purple floral dress.  It’s lovely for an afternoon wedding, and the shape is very feminine and flattering.  A blush clutch amps thing up, and gorgeous pumps top off this very feminine look.

I suggest you do a little checking around online beforehand to get a preview of the venue. Many of these places understand that ladies love their heels and have appropriate walkways, but if you are attending a wedding at a more rustic vineyard, you may want to wear some sleek wedges or block heels instead. Also, don’t forget a wrap for your shoulders, as it can get chilly under the stars at night in wine country.

What to Wear to a Winery Wedding | Blue Lace Sheath Dress, clutch, nude heels


A Lace Cocktail Dress is Romantic 

I mentioned the romantic vibe of a vineyard wedding. One way to inject some of that romance is with a dress made of lace. This is such a pretty one ( above), and the gorgeous shade purple and blue is as delicious as the wine itself.  A beautiful vineyard wedding guest dress like this would work well in the summer for a late afternoon ( 5:00) wedding, but it is also perfect for a September/ October vineyard wedding.

In the fall, wedding receptions often move indoors to a wine cellar where you dine seated by wine barrels. If you have been pondering what to wear to Vineyard wedding like this, then this dress would look stunning! More lace wedding guest dresses here!

Vineyard Wedding Guest Dress - Plum One shoulder


A Cold Shoulder Dress is Right on Trend

Many Vineyard weddings are elegant affairs that call for something with an air of sophistication. This gorgeous plum sheath dress fits the bill. The one shoulder detail is very elegant and feminine, and the stunning turn down satin neckline adds just the right amount of drama. This is a dress with a high presence, but it doesn’t overwhelm. Perfect for a wedding with a unique vineyard atmosphere.

Finally, a reminder, if you are going to a wedding at a Winery, now is the time to shop for vineyard wedding guest dresses. If you leave it to just before the wedding, I guarantee you will be tearing your hair out. It’s too stressful to leave such an important thing to the last minute!

Enjoy the wedding. Have a lovely time!

Mother of the Bride

Hillary Clinton-Mother Of The Bride Tweaked Her Chic!

Sea-foam green kaftan
Hilary Clinton

Has Hillary been reading my e-book  – Tweak Your Chic Mother of the Bride?

Quite possibly, because she looked fabulous at Chelsea’s wedding!

I loved her choices. The sea-foam green kaftan she wore to the rehearsal dinner was feminine, chic and ethereal. It was such a breath of fresh air to see her out of those pants and into something pretty and stylish. Continue reading “Hillary Clinton-Mother Of The Bride Tweaked Her Chic!”


What To Wear When You are an Over 40 Bride and the Wedding is Causal ?

Hi Deborah,

I’ve got dressing my age (52) down.  I’m a pretty good dresser, not frumpy, thanks to my teenage daughter.  And, no, I don’t dress like I’m 16! My problem is that I am getting married this summer in a 10 acre backyard in a rural setting in Texas.  

Most guests will be wearing blue jeans.  It’s going to be simple and fun.  What do I wear?  I don’t want to look like Ellie Mae Clampett wearing a dress made by Cousin Pearl, nor do I want to look like the girls from Hootersville.

I am 5’10”, wear between a 6 and an 8, small chested, Norwegian heritage, pale skin and blonde and silvery hair.  It’s not bleached! What can I wear just to look memorably pretty? Thanks Lin

casual wedding dress
This V neck and empire waist is very flattering.

Hi, Lin,

You are tall and slim too, lucky you! You can probably pull off a sleeveless style, which is perfect for an outdoor wedding during a hot Texan summer! Shopping for styles might be difficult, since you’ll see a lot of fussy, frilly junior dresses out there with big bows and high hems!

Stick to simple lines, lighter, flowy fabrics (nothing too heavy or satin-y), and V-necks to bring the attention up to your face.   Also stay away from anything too heavily beaded or embellished, or anything too short!  To the knee should be the highest your skirt should go.
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