Summer may be the busiest season for weddings, but Fall is arguably the prettiest. With the cooler temperatures come falling leaves and the most romantic backdrop for a wedding, ever! ( I can vouch for that because I was married in October!)
If you’re going to a wedding this fall and you are wondering what to wear, taking a few clues from nature is a good place to start.
Here’s how to dress to look lovely and appropriate for an Autumn wedding.
1. Choose Rich Hues
Summer weddings are all about bright, cheery colors or soft watercolor pastels, but moving into fall the color story changes. Nature is the best place to find inspiration when you are shopping for fall cocktail dresses for weddings. Dark Green, Gold, Brown, and brick are just a few of the many gorgeous earth tones that are perfect to wear to a fall wedding.
Wedding guest dresses in fall harvest shades like navy, teal, pumpkin, wine, eggplant and black look rich and luxurious. Also beautiful this time of year – metallics like gold, copper, and silver add depth and warmth.
2. Consider a Dress with Sleeves
As the temperature drops, you may want a little more coverage, especially on your arms. Full sleeved dresses can look heavy, so try l a dress with 3/4 sleeves, sheer sleeves or lace sleeves. Full bell sleeves also look nice and airy.
3. Embrace Luxe Fabrics
Breezy, light fabrics worked in the summer, but in the fall you’ll look lovely if you embrace rich, luxurious fabrics like velvet, taffeta, heavy satins, and brocade. Lace is always in fashion and looks great in the autumn in a deep seasonal shade. This burnt velvet bell sleeved dress is one of many cute fall dresses for weddings that would be lovely on a woman over 40.
4. Take a Wrap
This is the time of year when it can be quite nippy outside, so a lovely wrap comes in handy and very elegant too.
5. Switch to Fall Shoes
Strappy sandals are fine for a summer wedding or early September, but fall brings with it many gorgeous closed toe pumps or peep-toe pumps that are fine, elegant and more appropriate for this time of year. You’ll find fall evening shoes in dark hues and rich fabrics including suede and velvet. Of course, metallic and crystal embellished pumps always work too.
Time flies by, meaning the wedding will be here before you know it. Finding a dress early can save you a lot of headaches. Wedding invitations go out 6-8 weeks before the big day, so once your arrives, it’s a good idea to start looking. There’s nothing worse than being stressed out because you have to get a dress, or settling on something because you’ve run out of time.