What to wear to a spring wedding

A bride and groom walk through a crowd of wedding guests as confetti is thrown.

Choosing what to wear at a wedding can be difficult at the best of times, but it’s even trickier in the spring when the weather seems to change every few hours. If you’ve been invited to a wedding this spring and you want to perfect your outfit, keep reading for our expert tips.

What to wear at a spring wedding

Spring is an interesting time of year to dress for. While it’s not quite warm enough to go out in just a nice dress or blouse and trouser combo - most of the time, that is – it’s also not so cold that you need to be bundled up in five layers just to leave the house. This means you can show off your spring wardrobe in style, especially if you’ve got a great event like a wedding to do it at.

At this time of year, a lot of weddings will still be held indoors, which means you might not have to dress as warmly as you would if you were going to be outside all day. If you’re going to be spending most of your time inside, you’ll likely find the body heat of all the guests keeps you snug and cosy – particularly if there’s dancing at the reception. So what type of outfit could you wear?

Well, dresses are always a versatile option for a wedding. Long-sleeved designs can be a great option for those days where you need just a little something extra to keep the heat in – or alternatively you could pair a sleeveless dress with a cardigan or shrug you can take off indoors. On the other hand, a coordinating set is another stylish outfit choice that can combine the glamorous look of a one piece with the freedom of a separate upper and lower half. A woollen coat is also a good option if you’re going to be spending a bit more time outdoors – for example, if you expect to take part in photos outside the venue.

As for colours, spring is all about life returning from the icy cold of winter, so reds, pinks, oranges, greens and yellows are all great colours to choose. Floral patterns are a classic of the springtime, as are the corresponding accessories – think flowers in your hair or featured in your jewellery.

What to wear to a cold spring wedding

Some days, spring is indistinguishable from the depths of winter, and if the wedding coincides with one of those days, you’ll want to wrap up warm to keep the chills from spoiling an otherwise joyous occasion. Even a summery day can quickly turn cold once evening approaches. For these occasions, stick to trousers or long dresses to keep the worst of the wind out, and consider opting for long boots to add more protection against the cold and, if you’re unlucky, the rain. You can also wear long, thick socks with your boots to keep your toes warm – and if your dress is long enough, why not choose warm tights or leggings as well?

Additionally, knitwear is your friend. Whether it’s a stylish shrug you can wear all night long or just a cardigan to wear under your coat, an extra layer of warmth will help to keep your spirits and temperature up while you’re outside. Don’t forget your hat and scarf as well – and since these will usually only be worn outside rather than in, it’s a good idea to try and match these with your coat or jacket rather than your indoor outfit.

Unfortunately, springtime can be very unpredictable when it comes to the weather. We recommend preparing at least two options for your wedding guest outfit – one for a summery day and one for a wintry one. That way, you should be able to pick the right option on the day and avoid the last minute panic of realising you don’t have any warm layers that match your outfit’s centrepiece.

What to wear at a garden wedding

Garden weddings can make for a beautiful day, but they’re not the easiest to navigate in stiletto heels. For warmer weather, we recommend a stylish pair of sandals to allow you to be more comfortable as you move around the event. If you still want to benefit from the height bonus of heels, why not choose a pair of wedges instead? These will offer more stability and help you to avoid any slips and stumbles on uneven ground.

For a colder day, you’re better off sticking to boots, especially a pair with sturdy, low-heeled soles. If you must have heels, stick to thick, wedge heels to be on the safe side. Plus, don’t forget to wear thick socks to protect your toes if you’re going to be on your feet for long periods of time.

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