How to Dress for a Spring Wedding

by Barbie Carpenter

Dressing appropriately for a spring wedding requires you to consider the formality of the event as well as the often-fluctuating spring temperatures. Strike the right balance and select a venue-appropriate look that keeps you comfortably cool on warm spring afternoons and sufficiently warm on crisp spring nights. Both men and women can find suitable spring wedding attire that leaves them feeling comfortable, confident and celebratory.

Factors to Consider

Several factors will dictate the type of outfit you should wear to a spring wedding. Check out the wedding invitation or couple's wedding website for these details.

Event time An earlier event time calls for more casual attire. Casual spring attire is more appropriate for an afternoon wedding than an evening affair.

Venue The wedding location can also give you insight into the event's formality. For example, guests can dress more casually for an afternoon wedding on the beach than a country club wedding in the evening.

Dress code Check the invitation for a dress code. Black-tie required or optional, for example, calls for men to wear a tuxedo and women to wear floor-length or cocktail dresses. The dress code can clue you in to the formality of the occasion.

Attire Ideas for Men

While black-tie and formal spring weddings do not give men much flexibility in their wardrobe choices, semiformal and casual events give men many attire options. Wear soft pastel colors, offering a seasonal twist on the classic suit. For instance, you may opt for a light suit paired with a pastel shirt -- think yellow, pink or light blue. A gingham or plaid coordinating tie in pastels completes this springtime look.

At more casual spring weddings, select a pair of khaki pants, a white or pastel button-down shirt and a comfortable pair of topsiders for a seasonally appropriate look. A classic navy blazer can add warmth when spring temperatures dip.

Fashion Tips for Women

Women have an array of choices when dressing for spring weddings. **At black-tie and formal occasions, choose floor-length gowns or cocktail dresses that hit around the knees.

Embrace color for spring weddings, choosing hues of aqua, powder pink or seafoam green. Showcasing these colors is most appropriate for daytime spring weddings, as evening affairs are often decidedly more formal. For these occasions, go with a deep lavender, navy or wine-colored dress.

Semiformal and casual spring weddings call for a flattering cocktail dress, such as a shift dress. A floral or abstract pattern that is rich in soft pastels is appropriate for both the formality of the occasion and the season. For casual occasions, cotton dresses are ideal, as is the maxi dress, which covers the legs when cool spring breezes blow in.

Seasonal Accessories

Women attending spring weddings should bring a layer to prepare for potentially changing temperatures. Drape a soft pashmina over the shoulders after the sun sets. Simple cardigans also pair well with spring dresses and deliver the extra warmth you need on crisp evenings. Men can layer with lightweight blazers.

While men will wear classic close-toed shoes in neutral shades of black and brown, women have more options for spring weddings. Again, consider temperatures when selecting shoes. A pair of classic black or nude pumps complement many spring dresses and keep the toes warm. On a warm spring day, open-toe heels and sandals are perfectly appropriate for more casual affairs.

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About the Author

Barbie Carpenter worked as a technical writer and editor in the defense industry for six years. She also served as a newspaper feature page editor and nationally syndicated columnist for the Hearst Corp. Carpenter holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Florida and a graduate certificate in professional writing from the University of Central Florida.