Brides may spend the most time searching for their wedding dress, but from the engagement party to the honeymoon, there’s a handful of important events to dress for along the way. As the assistant general manager here at Brides and as a bride-to-be myself, I know first hand how much of a fun yet tireless endeavor this shopping process can be. With so many outfits to check off your list, a Rent the Runway subscription makes it simple to find exactly what you’re looking for. Use the code BRIDES30 for 30% off a one time rental, or 2 months of a membership, to try it for yourself. Check out how I styled five of my favorite bridal looks below.
Look 1: Engagement Party
The engagement party is your official bridal debut, so I absolutely wouldn’t blame you for choosing to wear white. However, this is also a wedding occasion you have a bit more freedom with color-wise. I’d opt for this playful silver-grey off-the-shoulder Jonathan Simkhai romper. It has a subtle pattern and a bit of shimmer to make it feel festive—you are the guest of honor, after all! Pair it with strappy sandals and a sleek clutch for a sophisticated finish.
Look 2: Bridal Shower
Bridal showers are typically hosted during the daytime, and depending on the setting, this is one of the few wedding events where you can dress as formal or informal as you wish. This smocked Sea New York dress has whimsical flutter sleeves and eyelet embroidery that give it an extra feminine feel. I love how the square neckline and fitted bodice are figure flattering while the skirt is easy to move around in. I styled it with a pair of delicate bow heels for a fresh look.
Look 3: Bachelorette Party
It’s the weekend you’ve been waiting for: the bachelorette. No matter where you and your I Do crew are headed, you’re bound to need a flirty mini dress. This white and gold scalloped sequin shift dress by Milly will let everyone know you’re the bride. It has just the right amount of sparkle and is finished off with a bow that ties in the back. Let the dress shine by pairing it with high PVC heels like I did here.
Look 4: Rehearsal Dinner
On the night before the wedding, it’s important to feel relaxed as excitement builds for the big day. I love a jumpsuit for the rehearsal dinner because it saves the wow moment for your wedding gown the following day. This Ieena for Mac Duggal long sleeve jumpsuit is made of soft, breathable satin and is both classy and sexy at the same time thanks to its plunging V-neckline and tailed bottom. Accessorize with embellished heels and a metallic bag.
Look 5: Honeymoon
Once the wedding has gone off without a hitch (and you’re officially, well, hitched!), your time as a bride comes to a bittersweet end. That means it’s time to say goodbye to white and re-introduce color to your wardrobe. There’s no better time to do so than on the honeymoon, a trip all about unwinding as newlyweds. This bright green Tanya Taylor halter gown is exactly what I’d wear on my tropical postnuptial vacation. It’s flowy and comfortable but still feels elevated and special enough for the occasion. Pair it with flat sandals for a casual day of walking or with a pair of heels for a romantic dinner.
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