Traveling for a wedding means you have to pack for a few days away whether it’s across the country or to a far-flung destination. While you’ve likely been brainstorming options to wear to the wedding itself—perhaps a bright color, an asymmetrical silhouette, or a statement print—several events revolve around a wedding that you need to plan outfits for.
When you arrive, the first item on the weekend wedding itinerary is often a cocktail hour for the bride and groom to welcome their guests and let everyone get to know each other. For this, you'll want a dress that is festive but not over the top—reserve the most impressive details for the wedding. An insouciant number like a slip dress or a style made from a relaxed fabric works well depending on where the welcome drinks are being hosted. Neutral accessories are a safe bet (this includes metallic shades)—a versatile sandal, heel, or flat with a coordinating bag is perfection.
Next up is the rehearsal dinner. For some weddings, the welcome cocktail hour will take place just before the rehearsal dinner. In that case, your work is done. Also, not all wedding guests are invited to the rehearsal dinner. But if the two events are spread out over two days and you’re attending both, you’ll need two different looks. This is an opportunity to wear another fun frock that’s suitable for a lovely dinner, but not overly formal. A mini or midi silhouette will feel right. If you go for a maxi dress, make sure you choose a simpler style that’s not overly embellished or dramatic.
Then comes the outfit you’ve traveled for—the official wedding-guest dress. This is the moment in which you pull out all the stops (though not so much to upstage the bride, of course). A vivid print, unique silhouette, or splashy color is f-u-n. Again, it will all depend on the type of wedding and whether it's black tie. A cocktail dress in a midi length is an all-around winner, while minis and maxis are gorgeous depending on the style of dress and how to accessorize it.
The final affair of the weekend will be the post-wedding brunch, another event that not all brides and grooms choose to host, and if they do, it may just involve family and the wedding party. If you’re invited, plan for a laissez-faire look like a sundress. With sandals, block heels, or wedges, the effect will be easy breezy with a mimosa in hand.
If you’re planning to travel for a weekend wedding this summer, scroll through our edit ahead to help you pack like a pro and look incredible at every event.
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