As spring begins to melt into summer and the number of summer wedding invitations double by the second, a rising panic burbles in your throat as you struggle to not feel overwhelmed by the snail mail that is creeping its way through your letterbox and into your shaking hands. You begin to calculate ‘wedding costs’ in your head and almost vomit at the thought of how much you will be spending on weddings this summer alone, let alone the delightful debt bills that are piling up in your kitchen. You wonder as to whether it would be acceptable to wear a dress that you had worn when you were 13 or even pull out the ‘summer wedding’ outfit you had worn last summer but shake your head as you worry what others will think. But then, as if by magic, a fairy creature of some sort whispers into your ear… something along the magical lines of not giving a ‘BEEP’ and you smile and laugh. Because she’s right, knowing what to wear to a summer wedding does not necessarily mean that you have to spend a fortune, nor does it mean that you can’t wear the same outfit again. Whatever you choose to wear just be aware of three very important rules A. be true to your own personal style. If you hate dresses, don’t force yourself to wear one just because society thinks that is ‘appropriate summer wedding etiquette’ , B. don’t feel the need to care about what other people think and C. don’t spend more money than you have, because trust me shopping on a dime does not limit your options, even if you are a bride who is cash strapped!
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From modern trouser suits to princess ballgowns, whether you have a love of all things lascivious and designer or are crafty and on a budget, I have put together some key Bridesmaid, Bride, Mother of the Bride, Guest Wear and more fabulous budget looks that will turn your frown upside down. And don’t worry, if you are more punk rock than Princess Bride, there is a little wee something to turn your summer wedding into a spectacle that the Goth Gods will be proud of. Question is, what summer wedding style tribe do you belong to? Will it be A. the 70’s bohemian starlet who loves nothing better than floating around deserted islands in the middle of nowhere, B. the glitz and glam Princess who spends her evenings pining for… her beloved chocolate stash (HAH NOT PRINCE) , C. The Modern Gal who wouldn’t be caught dead in a dress , D. My Soul Is Black now fetch me a dress made out of darkness or E. A Man? And don’t worry fellas, I haven’t forgotten about you either, at the bottom of the post are some cheeky must have summer wedding outfits that will transform you from Shrek into … well ‘handsome Shrek’. You know the scene right? Where Shrek and Donkey drink the magic potion and become … well you know the rest?! So if you want to guarantee that your wedding photo sharing will be more likely to invoke reactions of pure joy as opposed to full scale crying, then find yourself a wedding outfit to turn this summer into a right laugh!
What To Wear To A Summer Wedding If You Are… The Bridesmaid
Ah the Bridesmaid, I was one of them… twice, an orange mermaid in the most exquisite coral lace fishtail dress that you could possibly imagine. Sadly I wasn’t able to keep the dress, but I did have plenty of fun pretending that my mermaid realities had come to life and that we were all in this underwater kingdom, being welcomed by the seaweed world that lay in its deepest, darkest depths. But enough about mermaids, it’s time to talk about bridesmaids; whether the bride chooses to have a Princess, Mermaid or Too Cool For School Theme, here are some key bridesmaid worthy looks below that will turn the summer wedding into one that they will never forget. And by never forget I am pretty sure someone’s head will end up in a bowl of punch, the police will be called and the strippers will be told to go home…
The ‘Princessy’ Bridesmaid
So the bride has decided that she wants to turn her bridesmaids into Princesses and you are feeling apprehensive. After all ‘Barbie’ is not really your thing and if your friend was a fictional character ‘style icon’ it would be Elle Woods and that’s really not your vibe. You’re more of the, I listen to screamo metal, let me wear all black type of gal, but in all fairness your best friend only has one special day, so you will do anything to keep her happy. So princess party it is, but instead of being decked out in ‘noughties style atrocities’ (not today Satan, not today) you casually persuade her to go for something a lot less tacky and point her towards some real elegant princess ballgowns, that will match her ‘Princess Themed Summer Wedding’ right down to a T. And then you find it, the gown that will turn you all from pumpkins into Princesses, without having to call on Fairy Godmother. It’s a stunning vision in Navy, so close enough to black and while the florals make you allergic because you have hayfever, the look on the brides face is an absolute picture and you can’t wait to be part of her special day. But then she starts muttering about party invitations and favours, panicking that she won’t be able to get her Princess summer wedding planned in time.
You tell her to relax and to visit this website you know, ‘It’s called Confetti UK‘ and it’s guaranteed to blow your mind. And her mind is blown, the Princess dresses are ordered, the party invitations created and best of all, they even have advice on perfect honeymoon destinations that leave her feeling even more excited than ever before.
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The ‘Mermaid Part Unicorn Bridesmaid’
So you find out that the Bride To Be Is actually a secret mer-unicorn (that’s half mermaid, half unicorn for all you normals) and you’re so freaking excited. After all you can finally come clean and tell her your secret… that you’re actually a mermaid too and a unicorn at weekends, thinking of all the colourful and fun activities you can do in the sparkletastic mermaid underworld. Governed by the Demi Goddess ‘Athena’ , you both come swimming together for the first time, to seek her advice on what a mermaid wedding should be like. She gives you advice on the food that mermaids like to eat ‘ We are all vegetarian so make it veggie but colourful too’, she gives you style tips ‘the more over the top the better’ and finally she gives us the greatest gift of all, ‘I the Demi Goddess Athena, the Leader of Mermaids, will be your official ‘Mer- Priest’ and officiate your wedding’, to which the bride, my best friend collapses with joy. We escape back into reality and begin planning, there will be sequins to mimic the fish scales on our mermaid tails, there will be a vivid colour that will remind us of the sea. And then it comes to us, a cobalt blue number, simple, elegant but utterly mermaid like. And the bride herself will be a vision in sparkling silver, a floor length glittering number that will mark her ascension into living her life as a mermaid in public. And as for the unicorns, they are there in the audience, cheering us on.
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The Too Cool For School Bridesmaid
You both chew gum nonchalantly and in a casual voice your friend turns to speak to you, dropping the bombshell that ‘Dave’ asked her to marry him. She turns and shows you a black onyx ring, among her tarnished silver rings that she has worn everyday since she was 12. It’s an absolute belter, a large ring that overshadows her childhood memories and you weep into each others hair, the pretence of ‘too cool for school’ dissipating as you share a moment with your childhood friend. You can’t quite believe it, the girl who said she would never get married, finding someone who she wanted to spend the rest of her life with. It’s sweet and you can’t help smiling at the friend and her ginormous black onyx ring. You laugh jokingly that it’s a knuckle duster, to which she replies ‘don’t worry mate’, there’s pepper spray in my handbag, and you roll around the floor, laughing like kids again. As the main bridesmaid, she seeks your advice, would we wear black, would we wear gold, what would my bridesmaid wear? And you smile ever so slyly, well black of course because we are ‘too cool for school’. You’re only half joking but she proclaims that the ‘black dress is the way to go’ and while you might prefer a cheeky PU or PVC number, she settles on a black lace number, with an elegant midi skirt, but still in that darkest deepest black, that you both love so much. And when the evening wears on and your feet hurt from dancing, you throw the heels into the back of the room and dance together barefoot, her in her black wedding gown and you in your black bridesmaid dress. Oh but the ravens will dance again.
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So your big summer wedding is fast approaching and you’re feeling scared because you have no idea what you are going to wear to your own wedding. Well never fear, because your mama is here, AKA cult favourite Mama Jasmine, who will turn your summer wedding, into the wedding of hopes and dreams as opposed to nightmares. Because no one likes living in a nightmare do they? From pink candyfloss concoctions to screwing with tradition and becoming a modern trendsetter, who said that brides have to wear white to their own weddings? Mainly because I don’t have a picture of a white dress to use for a ‘bridal’ category but that’s ok we can work with what we have got. So whether you fancy yourself as being a sequin mermaid to match her mermaid bridesmaid sisters or call yourself a ‘Lacey Stacey’, one thing is for sure, when it comes to being a bride, sometimes it’s the unexpected that leads to the greatest aesthetic as well. Question is what kind of bride are you?
The Lady In Pink
Forget Barbie, this ‘Lady In Pink’ is a style icon in her own right, and she isn’t afraid to wear pink all day like there is no tomorrow. And while some might vom at the thought of wearing anything other than the ‘traditional white’ for a bride to be, this bride thinks that there is nothing better than wearing pink, her favourite colour on her wedding day. And I agree, if you want to wear a colour or a wedding outfit that is different to the norm, just go for it, no one is stopping you. So with your bridesmaid decked out in beautiful navy floral Princess Gowns, you settle on a simple yet elegant pale pink slip dress , inspired by 90’s style icons like Kate Moss, who wore diaphanous sheer slip dresses that were provocative, evocative and darn right modern. Your entire look is made completely out of pink candyfloss but rather than looking saccharine you look elegant and composed, as you walk down the aisle, with a short pink train behind you. You look glorious and the bridesmaids walk behind you, leaving behind a dusting of pink flowers to commemorate the pink lady that stands before them. And finally you gasp in surprise, your husband, dressed in a pale pink suit and bow tie, looking like ‘the Lady in Pink’s’ future ‘Husband To Be’. It’s A Perfect Match, you mouth to your bridesmaid and they agree. It’s A Match Made In Pink Heaven.
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The Sequin Mermaid
After your visit to the ‘Mermaid Underworld’ to seek Athena’s blessing, you are ready to show the world what you have been hiding all these years, your life as a human is over. For you are a mermaid unicorn and as Athena goes through the vows with your partner, dressed as a merman prince should be, you turn and give a cheeky wink to your cobalt sisters, who shimmy and make you laugh in the church pews. You pick up the bouquet, a gleaming combination of blue, green and white, the colours of the ‘mermaid flag’ and throw them into the audience, watching as everyone scrambles to catch the bouquet. Then, you step forward and kiss the man of your dreams, as his beard glistens with green and blue glitter. Athena nods her approval and you transform before your audience, half-mermaid half unicorn in a sparlking silver gown, that drips opulence every time that you move. The bells ring and the birds crow, the seaside is waiting to claim its mermaid couple. You arrive at the beach, the sand whipping through your hair, smudged make up and tangled hair, but together you dive into the tranquil blue waters, slipping into its underwater depths as one being. And the mermaid and merman live happily ever after. The End.
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The Modern Trendsetter
Dresses are not your thing and this has you in a panic, what on earth will you be wearing to your own wedding if dresses make you cringe? Then it comes to you, a flashbulb of inspiration, a jumpsuit white and floral, comfortable yet stylish, modern yet casual. A bridal outfit that you could dance in, a bridal outfit where you wouldn’t flash every Dick and Harry, where you could get drunk and not have pictures of your pants on the news the next day. Yes the humble jumpsuit, fashion forward and practical, the grown up onesie for overgrown adults. I mean sure, you might have problems going to the loo without wrestling with the zipper so that you do not wet yourself and yes there might be the odd chance of a cheeky camel toe but the thing is, it is 2018, even the bride has a say on what she doesn’t and does wear to her own wedding. And if she would rather not wear a dress that is fine by me. So whether you go for a comfortable bohemian esque jumpsuit complete with a matching flower crown or decide that a tailored slim fitting jumpsuit paired with a boxy tailored jacket is more your aesthetic than that is ok as well. So what jumpsuit would you choose if you were the bride at a summer wedding this year?
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The Snow Queen In Summer
Ok so I might have had to do a teensy bit of ‘editing’ to turn this magical concoction into a white dress but there you have it, a beautiful snow queen in a summer bridal look that is elegant yet risque, fashion forward, minimal with sex appeal and best of all the dress itself is so cheap, you will have plenty of money to splash on your honeymoon after. While colder summer evenings might call for a faux fur stole or cropped tailored jacket, when the sun is out and it has got its hat on, there is nothing better than letting your legs get a taste of the sunshine life. It’s like I always say, sun’s out… get your legs out. And while tan lines might not be the greatest recipe for wedding photos, at least you can have a right laugh because everyone will be in the same boat. So if you are a traditionalist at heart and would rather wear a white wedding gown that can be worn outside of your wedding, then the fabulous snow queen dresses below will be guaranteed to heat up your summer. Because while many of us will get divorced and eventually auction off our wedding dresses, why not choose to be a pessimist and buy a gown that you can wear to your engagement party, wedding party and divorce party all in one month. Now how’s that for a laugh?
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The Lacey Stacey
Ah… Lacey Stacey, that ol’ Girl, the traditionalist with a rebellious heart. A lady who looks demure but is really a freak in the sheets, yes you guessed it, the Bride who wears lace but likes to spray mace. Enter Lacey Stacey, a woman who is neither Lacey or called Stacey but likes nothing better than to conjure up her own magical world made up of all things lace, where the occasional mermaid and unicorn pops by to give their blessings. By day she’s a computer programmer, elegant and polite but by night she’s a sailor trucker, all filth and no filter, a woman who speaks her mind and likes to challenge social paradigms. She swaggers into the wedding venue- a beautiful Victorian Park, where the flowers are in full bloom- an oddly charming walk, as her swagger is juxtaposed with the delicate lace dress that she is currently wearing as a bride on her summer wedding day. The guests are hot, but the wind that glides through her fabric becomes a fan to fend off their perspiration, and she cools them with every step that she takes. And while she might be tripping over the ‘lace dress’ that she so lovingly conjured’, she still smiles and waves. For today she is Lacey Stacey and noone can take that away from her.
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Mother Of The Bride
Mama has come to town and for once her name is not Jasmine. Yeah sorry about that, I gave her a call but she said she was too busy eating cheese to attend any weddings this year, so I had to find a replacement instead. Enter Mama Ru, aka Ru Paul, AKA the world’s most famous supermodel, drag queen and rockstar known to humanity, who will be the mother of any brides special summer wedding occasion, if a contract is involved. Thing is Mama Ru has no idea, so lets keep it a secret for now… right guys? So whether your Mama is a vintage wine or is feeling like a real elo-guent mama, when Mama Ru is in town, the Mother of the Bride is always guaranteed to have a ‘turnt out look’ that will make them look like a million dollars as opposed to a Queen on a dime!
The Vintage Mama
Mamu Ru has gone back into time and she has said that there is no better decade than the 50’s for the Mother of the Bride, so what better style icon than the Beloved Audrey Hepburn to make you the centre of attention at your own daughters wedding. And yes you quite happily admit it, despite it being your daughters big day, you want all eyes on you and your amazing Vintage inspired dress, courtesy of the dress gods themselves ‘Chi Chi London’. With glorious brocade detailing, full skirted petticoats and a glorious sheen that makes you look like a sparkling pink pumpkin, you and your daughter compete to be on the best dressed weddings list, in the covetable wedding section of that random ‘celebrity gossip magazine’ that you were reading on the plane. You can’t for the life of you remember what it was called but you do hope that someone will give you that 5 seconds of fame as Andy Warhol so lovingly put it that you so desperately crave. Speaking of which, you hope that the column will read along these lines ‘Intelligent, fashion forward mother of the bride steals the attention on her brides own wedding day, before being offered her own fashion line and a business empire to match’. Now that is what I call clever styling.
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The Garden Party Is Happening
So your daughter has decided to get married in Kew Gardens and has declared that all her guests need to look like living plants and flowers so you say ‘sure no problem’ let the garden party commence. You settle for an emerald green midi dress, fashioned out of exquisite satin, a cruelty free number that is just as kind to plants as it is to animals. The flowers are minimal to draw attention to the vintage fabric, while the pop of colour brings some vitality to your botanic surroundings. You wander in and out of the garden mazes, feeling the summer sun bathe your face in a warm golden glow, yo feel sunkissed and the bees agree. You are scared of them at first, remembering that painful bee sting that still haunts you to this day, but they are gentle, suckling at the nectar of the real flowers that lay in wait nearby, pinks, blues and purples too. A caterpillar worms its way across a nearby plant, as you watch it magically transform into a butterfly, bright and bold. And as your daughter takes her vows, with the natural world watching, you wipe a tear from your eyes.
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I’m Feeling Real ‘Elo-Guent’ ( Ru Paul’s way of elegant)
Mama might be ‘Mama of the bride’ but that does not mean that she can’t be any less ‘elo-guent’ than her dear bride to be, aka her loving daughter. After all, a family that slays together , stays together. And yes that was another ‘RPDR’ reference, if you can’t deal with it then you can just sling your hook. But I digress, this elegant mum, needs a mother of the bride outfit that is so freaking amazing, that the world won’t be able to take her fishy realness without awarding her the ‘best freaking mother of the bride ever. com’ award that she so clearly deserves. Question is will the mother be serving Disco queen elo-guent realness or will it be a love affair with satin and florals? Enter the elegant mother of bride dress of dreams, known as the heartbreaker, mood starter and all round amazing gown that money can buy. Blue, floral, embroidered, bodycon and everything in between, this embroidered beauty will have jaws dropping for centuries to come. Elegant without coming across as prissy,you never know this mama might be pulling tonight at this summer wedding. So if you can’t find your mum, you know where she has gone.. she be pulling… flowers. God get your mind out of the gutter, not everything I say is a euphemism you know. Ok well yes, 99.9 % of it might be, but not this time.
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Summer Wedding Guests
So you’re a guest who is ready to mingle and weddings are nothing more than a good ol’fashioned booze fest that is guaranteed to have you so drunk that you will need to call the liver police. Or on the other hand it’s also a chance to find out who is single and also ready to mingle, and no for the last time I am not into marrying my cousin thank you very much. And before you think I am joking, trust me people are so scared I will be single for the rest of my life that they have resorted to suggesting ‘incest’. Oh the cruel, cruel world of dating. Where people on Tinder are just after a ‘f**k buddy’ and the old fashioned concept of a gentleman seems to be a rare extinct breed. But enough about alcohol and dating, question is what will you be wearing at this summer wedding my friend? Will you be a cheap, crafty queen who can make her wedding outfit look like a million dollars, will you upstage the bride in the most ostentatious yet fabulous gown you own, or will you be dropping cash like you drop husbands with a moneylicious gown that will have you as the talk of the town? There’s only one way to find out.
I’m On A Budget – Bite Me
So you’re a crafty queen who does not have much cash but is determined to look like a million dollars. Let me let you into a little secret, I am the very definition of broke and yet people always mistake what I am wearing for ‘designer dreads’ because of A. what I choose to wear and B. how I choose to wear them. And quite frankly I much prefer high street clobber anyday. Unless you throw some Ellie Saab or Valentino my way, then yes I would quite happily wear their gorgeous floral, fairytale pastel creations every day of my life. Because hey isn’t life like a movie anyway? So instead of turning up to your local supermarket in your jammies, go the extra mile and look like you have just landed at a film premiere instead. But as usual I am rambling; so you’re on a budget? Well that’s fine girl, I have got your back. Enter the floral dress that will be cheap and cheerful but with plenty of pizazz. So if you are after a cheap and crafty dress that has wow appeal but will not burn a hole in your bank account, then check out this flamenco inspired number, that will have you dancing Salsa at the bride’s summer party. Question is will you fly solo or will a mystery dude appear out of the shadows and proclaim his undying love to you? Yeah on second thoughts…
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I Have Plenty Of Cash To Splash- Party
On the other side of the spectrum is the self-confessed shopaholic who makes plenty of ‘dollar’ and isn’t afraid to show it. Enter the Valentino wearing party guest, who lives, breathes and sleeps designer and even her dog has a Gucci name tag. But like Elle Woods, this lady is a vegetarian so no animal materials for her, which is why her designer dress is both fun loving and animal loving. And even better news for you, it is actually half price, making it a designer number that is available to budget shopaholics like us. Just don’t tell anyone ok? With ‘birds of paradise ‘ detailing and a fun and swishy skirt that was made for twirling in, this lady might not be into salsa but she definitely likes a jaunty Charleston or two. So with flowers in her hair and the world falling at her feet, this lady might splash the cash, but honey she is worth it. And unlike Loreal she doesn’t test on animals so it’s her who is ‘so worth it’ as opposed to Loreal. Now the question is where can she find a vegan designer handbag to boot? Hmm…
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But hang on? What About The Men. Don’t worry lads I haven’t forgotten about you; whether you choose to be a bright and colourful merman or are into monochromatic perfection, here are some ideas below on what to wear for a summer wedding.
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What Would You Wear To A Summer Wedding?
*Please note this is a collaborative post in conjunction with Confetti Uk, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.