Many couples opt to be married outdoors, and the pandemic has increased those numbers even more. This may leave you wondering about what is appropriate outdoor wedding guest attire?
1. Floral Prints 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. The easiest way to fit in with the botanical theme is to wear feminine, floral wedding guest attire. This pretty fit and flare floral cocktail dress is a great example.
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2. Lace is Lovely
Lace is always a perfect choice for a wedding, and it’s particularly romantic for a garden wedding. This pretty powder blue fit and flare lace dress is so feminine.
3. Pastels & Cheery Brights are Garden-like
In terms of color, for an afternoon wedding, you could go a couple of different ways: pastels are always appropriate. Or, you could wear brighter colors, so long as they didn’t look too wildly tropical. (Leave loud Hawaiian tropical prints for beach or destination weddings). This lace sleeve fit and flare midi dress is light and elegant but still very wedding guest appropriate.
Pastel or bright florals prints on navy, black or purple backgrounds can also be lovely. These would be considered more formal garden wedding attire since the flowers are on very dark backgrounds. If you choose to wear a dress like this, be careful that the overall look isn’t dark or moody. An outdoor wedding is a light, sunny, happy event, so nothing edgy or goth-like.
4. Ruffles are Romantic
Attending any wedding, particularly one in a garden setting, is a little like being part of a romance story, which is why a dress with feminine, romantic ruffles would fit right in.
Concerned about looking too girly? Look for a dress with an elegant vibe. Add a sophisticated clutch or a dressy bag with a chan strap, and heels to ground your outfit. If the nuptials take place on the grass and not a patio, then wedges, block heels, or a sturdier heel may be better than a thin pointy heel.
5. Maxi Dresses Work for Casual or Dressier Garden Weddings
A flowy, feminine maxi dress with a romantic feel is another good option for a garden wedding. This floral, ruffle high/low maxi dress works best for more casual garden weddings where the mood is natural, laid back and free-spirited. A chiffon maxi would be lovely for a more formal garden wedding. (See my post on guidelines for maxi dresses for an afternoon wedding.)
6. Dressy Jumpsuits have a Chic Vibe
A dressy jumpsuit is another option for a garden wedding, or you could go for something like this, which is a long gown that opens us to classy skinny dress pants. Make sure the look is soft and flowy, so you get an elegant, relaxed look. Wide leg pants are also sophisticated and stylish on a jumpsuit.
7. A Sundress is Fine for an Informal Wedding
Some couples get married in their backyard because they want the wedding to be 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, a blouse, or a casual maxi dress like this chiffon sundress. 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 on what to wear other types of weddings. Here are some suggestions.