No two nuptials are created equal—and a dress that works for, say, an outdoor event on a vineyard is not necessarily appropriate for a wedding that comes with “black tie formal” on the invitation. Let these real-life BHLDN couples be your guide, helping you decide what to wear—from the dress down to the accessories and hair dos.
Bethany & Sean got married on a summer day at the Eastern Point Yacht Club in Gloucester, a quintessential coastal town in Massachusetts. When attending a daytime wedding with a waterfront location like this—or one set directly on the beach—guests should opt for something long, flowy and breezy, like this floral number, paired with simple wedges or sandals. Note, if the ceremony is taking place right on the beach, you’ll want to avoid high heels; nothing’s worse than sinking into the sand. And don’t forget your sunglasses! Videography: Three Belles Productions.
Kelly and Mike took to the trails of Yosemite, California, for their intimate fall wedding. It’s a setting that calls for something simple and sleeveless, and this pine-colored dress that flawlessly matches the trees. You could pair it with a lightweight pashmina for extra protection from the sun. And sandals or close-toed flats (such as these or these) are best for walking the uneven paths. Videography: SJ Videography
Jacob and Sara were not expecting snow when they exchanged vows at Rocky Mountain National Park—but that’s what they got! When dressing for the outdoors in the autumn—especially if the weather is unpredictable—layers are key. Cover your legs with a long velvet gown, and consider something with long or three-quarter sleeves. And be extra-prepared for the cold with a faux-fur shrug or capelet. Videography: Blnk Films
Moe and Kramer tied the knot at White Oaks Barn in Dahlonega, Georgia in the spring—the perfect occasion to break out a dress (long or short) that has a floral print, ruffle details, and/or some color. Case in point: this Plum Pretty Sugar wrap dress and this gingham gown. For shoes, choose something that won’t get stuck in the grass, such as a wedge or thicker heel. The same wardrobe recs would apply to an event such as Shelleen and Abu’s wedding, which took place at the Sanders Estate in Kent, Washington, with a tented reception on the 35-acre grounds. Videography: Justin Peay
For Allie and Ywanari, the Lightner Museum was a dream destination to for their November nuptial. The reception had a classic, vintage vibe, an ideal setting to wear a cocktail dress with a bit of flair, like lace or embroidered details (as seen here) or a flowy chiffon dress in a jewel-tone green. Complete the look with statement earrings and strappy heels. Videography: Fonda Foto + Film
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