The 4 Rules of What to Wear at a Wedding

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I realized that in the three years I’ve been most active in the wedding industry, I’ve been a guest at one wedding. With another one coming up in only a few days, I got to thinking- what do I wear to this wedding?

I can’t be the only one staring at my closet clueless as to which dress to pick out. Most people know some basic rules. But isn’t there more?

I’ve found some general rules some cute inspiration for your days as a wedding guest!

Number 1. Don’t wear white. Just don’t do it. I know you think that you can accessorize that cute white dress with jacket in another color but when that outer layer comes off for a night of dancing, you’ll still be wearing white. Same goes for creams and other very light colors. If you’d wear that color as a (traditional) bride, don’t wear it to someone else’s wedding.

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Number 2. Try not to match the wedding colors if possible. You don’t want to be mistaken as a bridesmaid if you’re not one! The invitation might give you an idea of what the colors are, but if not, go with something in lace, floral, or with a pattern.

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Number 3. Do a little research on where the ceremony and reception are to be held. Look it up on Google Maps and do a quick search of the location. If it’s outdoors in the grass, your favorite stilettos are best left at home.

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Number 4. Dress appropriately. Don’t bare too much- you’re not going to the club! Also pay attention to the formality of the event if its listed on the invitation. If you’re not sure what black tie attire versus other degrees of formality looks like, see some inspiration below.

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Black Tie Formal Wear

Black Tie doesn’t mean black dress! Bright colors could be considered inappropriate, so stick to neutrals to play it safe.  This level of formality is all about being classy and sexy. Black Tie Formal Dress- The 4 Rules of What to Wear at a Wedding on earlyivy.comThis Elie Saab dress might look familiar- it’s very similar to the black dress from Taylor Swift’s Blank Space music video!

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This gorgeous dress comes from Veloudakis’ Fall 2015 collection.

Formal Wear

Though formal is more casual than black tie, it’s still the perfect time to but on that sparkly dress you’ve been dying to wear. Your dress can be short or long and of practically any color.

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This couple looks absolutely stunning for a formal wedding. Though this style could be dressed up even more for an indoor ceremony, this is appropriate for either indoors or out.

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Dress by ASOS of Chi Chi

Casual Wear

Casual wear at a wedding is probably the most typical. It’s still dressy, but you’ll probably be able to just pick something out of your closet and dress it up.

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This dress is great for a winter wedding where staying warm is imperative to be able to dance!

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Florals are a way to wear white but with a pop of color. It’s appropriate for almost any location and perfect for a morning or afternoon ceremony.

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And lastly, a dress similar to the one I’m wearing for the wedding this weekend! Just perfect for an evening winter wedding. Lace adds a degree of elegance and sleeves make it a little more classy. I picked mine up on clearance at a boutique in Paris Las Vegas.


So what should you look for in picking out your wedding wear? All weddings require some degree of class and elegance. Don’t try to overshadow the bride- it’s her day after all! Dress appropriately for the formality of the event so you’re not over or underdressed. And last but not least, dress in something that is ‘your color’ or one that (understatedly) shows off your curves!


Dresses from:

  1. Dolce & Gabbana (Out of Stock)
  2. Georgina Dress by BHLDN

  3. Sleeveless Mini Dress By Glamorous



And the Bride Wore Plaid

Let’s all admit it, as a bride to be (or just a girl dreaming about her wedding day) we’ve all spent a fair amount of time in the wedding category on Pinterest. Your family and soon to be husband might event say its a little more than fair. Okay, maybe it’s an obsession. Oops!

My Pinterest perusing recently  led me to stumble upon the photo below. There was a split second of confusion and then a sudden AHA! I know that place! It’s the always lovely Retro Ranch in Temecula with last year’s winter bride Talia.

How cute is she with her plaid button up over the wedding dress? It had snowed the night before the wedding and her beanie and button up tied at the waist were the perfect accessories to warm up and dance all night!

See the rest of the photos and details from Talia and Bryan’s winter wedding on Green Wedding Shoes here.

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 {Photos by: John Robert Woods}

And a quick shout out to all my lovely readers and followers from 2015! You all mean so much to me and keep me inspired to write more.

I’m very much looking forward to what 2016 brings for and I also will be launching my event planning business, Charming Churchill Creations. Stay tuned for updates!


Red, White, and Blue: a Fourth of July Themed Wedding

A red, white and blue wedding? It’s not for everybody, but for those who have a deeper love for America, a patriotic colored wedding might be perfect. Whether you or your spouse-to-be has served in the military or are having a military wedding, a Fourth of July wedding, or you’re just a fan of the red, white, and blue, here are a few ideas inspired by the colors of the American flag.

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With the current trend of an old school and vintage-y feel wedding, a patriotic wedding can be executed with elegance, while still having that personal feel that most brides want. One neutral color paired with two bold colors can be easily overdone and can make decor look tacky and outdated. However, as the weddings below will show you, old school and outdated are very different things.

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9 Bridesmaid Trends for Your 2015 Wedding

Bridesmaid dresses. You’ve heard it all, right? A quick perusing on Pinterest leaves even the most balanced bride’s head spinning with ideas. From long to short, conservative to revealing, and every little detail in between, no wonder modern brides opt to have their bridesmaids pick their own or have a substantial hand in choosing the perfect dresses!

Mismatched Dresses

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Have you seen the movie 27 Dresses? Hopefully you’ll be kinder to your bridesmaids than Jane’s friends were! Though you might not take out your revenge on your bridesmaids by making them wear the ugly dresses they had you wear, mismatching your bridesmaids’ dresses is a leading trend for wedding fashion.

Here’s an example of perfectly mismatched bridesmaid’s dresses- Ashley Tisdale’s wedding! Ashley posted this fabulous photo on her own Instagram.

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Here’s for You, Mom: Mother of the Bride or Groom Corsages

When it comes to planning out flowers for your wedding, you’ve got a lot to think about! The flowers for the ceremony, the reception, each table, your bridal bouquet, one for each of your bridesmaids, boutonnieres for your groom and his groomsmen…. that’s a lot to remember! But don’t leave out the mothers of the bride and groom! Though they don’t need their own bouquet, I’m sure they’ll be touched that you remembered them with a gorgeous wrist corsage.

Keep their flowers simple, but glamorous for the best effect. One big blossom will be stunning, such as this one below.

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It’s All Greek (Goddess) To Me

As some of you know, I am not only a blogger and a wedding professional, I’m also a wedding gown model! Last weekend’s runway show was Premier Bridal Show at The Hills Hotel in Laguna Hills, California. The venue was fantastic, but even more spectacular was the bridal fashion. This runway show had a Greek Goddess theme for hair and makeup and I wanted to share some additional inspiration with you!

What exactly does a Greek Goddess theme entail? The Greek Goddesses were and are still known for their power and beauty. Though they are part of mythology, they are considered some of the most beautiful women in the world. Because of this, a Greek Goddess theme ties in perfectly with bridal fashion. What bride wouldn’t want to be considered the most beautiful woman in the world on her wedding day?


Part of the look that creates a Greek Goddess aura is the hairstyle. Though the goddesses are associated with power, they are also symbols of gentle femininity. You can achieve this look with braids, curls, and loose waves, either on long hair or hair twisted into an updo.

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Get your glam on with a curly updo accessorized with a crown of brass leaves.  It’s not only a simple look that will work with any dress or jewelery, it is also an easy hairstyle that won’t take much time to create. Find the leaf crown on Etsy here.

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Though this hairstyle was created originally with a Bohemian theme, this braided updo is perfect as the crowning accessory of your Greek Goddess wedding look. If you love this updo as much as I do, check out the tutorial for this style on Green Wedding Shoes.

This loose braided updo is similar to the look I had for this weekend’s fashion show. Salon 5150 did a fantastic job on my hair (as always), and I love the hairpiece creatively woven in!

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Hair by Nona Pitts of Salon 5150, Hairpiece from Mary Me Bridal.


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And for the last Greek Goddess hairstyle, here’s a long, wavy style with loose french braids. Braids are best noticed with blonde hair, but even if you have dark hair, this style would still look great!


Makeup for a Greek Goddess look is simple, yet dramatic. The focus is on the eyes, with additional attention to flawless skin. The smoky eye wasn’t around back in the days of Greek Goddess legends, but if it was, you can be sure Aphrodite and Athena would rock it!

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Koko of Special Koko posted her Goddess inspired wedding guest look. Whether you’re a bride, bridesmaid, or guest, this makeup takes style and refinement to the max! The must haves to look like a Greek Goddess are a bronzed glow, dark and smoky eyes, false eyelashes, light blush, chiseled eyebrows, and a nude/light lip.

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Jessica Harlow has a Greek Goddess makeup tutorial that couldn’t be simpler! You can also highlight your eyes with a little bit of color, like metallics or a light blue dusting over your eyelids. Jessica’s tutorial includes colored contacts, which are completely optional, but add something exotic to your finished look.


Clothing for a Greek Goddess is essentially simple: it’s always a long, flowing, ethereal, white dress. There’s no better description than that for any girl’s dream wedding gown!

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Photo Credit: 35mm Wedding Photography

This stunning gown is called ‘Amy’ from Anna Campbell’s 2013 Gossamer Collection. It’s a perfect fit for any Greek Goddess bride with its beautiful femininity in the design and accents of silver around the waist and over the shoulders.

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Rosa Clara delivers high fashion glamor with both of these gowns. Both feature a elegant and figure flattering shape as well as a simple and sophisticated metallic adornment in just the right places.

If designer gowns aren’t in your budget, try checking out some prom dresses or white maxi dresses. They can be a low budget answer to stunning your guests (and your groom) on your wedding day.

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A dress like this would be perfect for an informal or beach wedding. Plus, you can always wear it again after the big day. And for only $50, you really can’t go wrong! You can buy this dress on Esther here.

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This dazzling prom dress would make a beautiful wedding gown! At less than $160, you’ll save thousands over a designer wedding dress and no one will be able to tell the difference. Have this dress custom made for you here.

Have you seen a common theme throughout the hairstyles, makeup, and fashion? It’s the accessories! A white dress would be just too simple without a few embellishments of jewelery, belts, and headbands. Keep them all one metallic tone, either gold or silver. Your jewelery should be minimal, especially if your dress has an eye catching belt or you’re wearing a headband. Remember, the Greek Goddess theme is all about showing off your beauty. The dress, makeup, and hairstyle only serve to highlight the beautiful woman you already are!

Nailed It! 12 Nail Art Designs for Your Wedding Day

Your wedding is the one single day that people will be looking at your nails the most- everyone wants to see the ring! Top off your bridal look with a chic manicure and you’ll be taking the term ‘give your hand in marriage’ to a whole new level. Here’s a few of my favorite wedding nail art designs to get you inspired for your big day.

Sparkle Manicure- Nailed It! 12 Nail Art Designs for Your Wedding Day

This design could not be simpler! OPI’s Pirouette My Whistle is a clear polish with silver sparkles and at $9.50, it’s an inexpensive and dazzling nail design that you can do on your own.

Metalic French Manicure- Nailed It! 12 Nail Art Designs for Your Wedding Day

This manicure takes French tips to a metallic level. With a pink base and gold tips, this look channels Lauren Conrad’s gold French manicure that she posted on Instagram. Here’s a simple tutorial to DIY this look for yourself.

Gold Wedding Maicure- Nailed It! 12 Nail Art Designs for Your Wedding Day

And while we’re on gold on pink nail polish, try combining gold stripes with one nail of sparkles. This would look great in combinations of other colors with gold or silver accents, like clear with silver sparkles or for a modern twist, a dark grey with silver sparkles as pictured below.

Silver Wedding Manicure- Nailed It! 12 Nail Art Designs for Your Wedding Day

Gray Sparkle Manicure- Nailed It! 12 Nail Art Designs for Your Wedding Day

For a charming manicure to celebrate your wedding day, incorporate an element of your wedding into your nail design, such as a ring, your wedding dress and his tux, or a wedding phrase.

I Do Wedding Manicure- Nailed It! 12 Nail Art Designs for Your Wedding Day

Say ‘I do” with your ring finger and plenty of bling on your nails! Unless you’re crazy talented and can write beautifully on your nails, you should get them professionally done for the best results.

Wedding Dress and Tux Manicure- Nailed It! 12 Nail Art Designs for Your Wedding Day

How cute are these nails with a bridal gown and a tux? These look great next to black and white nails with hearts, or for a simpler design, paint your thumb, index, and pinky nails pink with small sparkles. Julep has a great tutorial for this look that can be found here.

Keep Calm and Say I Do Manicure- Nailed It! 12 Nail Art Designs for Your Wedding Day

For a less formal wedding (or for the weeks before your ‘I do’s’), give your nails a little sass with the phrase “Keep Calm and Say I Do” printed on them. Buy these stickers on YR Nails here.

Opal and Caviar Manicure- Nailed It! 12 Nail Art Designs for Your Wedding Day

Add some elegance to your wedding nails with opal and caviar! This is Essie nail polish in Marshmallow and Shine of the Times with one nail of clear nail caviar beads. Read Lacquer and Lattes’ tutorial on this beautiful design here.

Lace Manicure- Nailed It! 12 Nail Art Designs for Your Wedding Day

Nothing says wedding like a little bit of lace! This design would be nearly impossible if not for nail stickers. You can order white lace stickers (or any other sticker design imaginable) online or check out your local drugstore or beauty supply.

Monogram Manicure- Nailed It! 12 Nail Art Designs for Your Wedding Day

This won’t cover your old, new, or borrowed, but this manicure definitely counts as blue! Once again, you can highlight your ring finger with another color or sparkle. Take your design up a notch with a monogram nail sticker with your new initials! Create your custom nail stickers with your own letters, font, and color on Etsy from Sophie Rayes.

Gold Indian Wedding Manicure- Nailed It! 12 Nail Art Designs for Your Wedding Day

Finally, take a look at these nails! The design by The Nailasaurus is called ‘Lady Luck‘, but I’m sure you won’t need any of that your wedding day. This blue manicure could work for any old, new, borrowed, blue wedding, but is especially fitting for an Indian themed wedding.

So get inspired by these lovely polishes and nail your wedding look with a head turning manicure!