Choosing a purse to take with you to a wedding is almost as difficult as choosing what you are going to wear. Its an important decision that requires some thought beforehand so you don't find yourself wishing you had made a different choice. Consider what you need to take with you, how much moving around you will be doing at the wedding and what alternatives to taking a traditional purse may exist.
A clutch to match
There is a lot of moving around at a wedding, from the ceremony to cocktail hour to the reception. You likely won't stay put until you are well into the event. For this reason, it is important to consider that you will be transporting your purse with you to all of these different locations. Not only is it important to take a purse that is lightweight and on the smaller side, but it ideally should match your outfit as well since it will be one of your accessories. Most clutch purses have a small "handle" to hang the purse around your wrist or it can be placed under your arm. Either of these ways of carrying your purse will make the purse a rather prominent part of your ensemble.
You don't need much
There are very few items that you will actually need to take with you to a wedding. A compact, lipstick, your ID and maybe some cash if there is a cash bar. Other than that, you can leave everything else at home. Choose a purse that can accommodate your essentials and nothing more. The larger the purse, the more likely you will be to fill it, so avoid temptation and go small from the start. Not only will you be glad that you aren't hauling around a purse of the usual size and weight, but you'll be glad you weren't lugging all of these things you didn't need in the first place.
Don't underestimate your camera case
With as little as you need to take with you to a wedding, you may actually be able to get away with cramming it into your camera case. Of course this depends on the size of your camera case, but they typically have extra pockets perfect for carrying some cash, your ID and maybe a little touch-up makeup. This would help you avoid having to carry a clutch plus a camera case, since most cameras are too large for a small purse. If you plan on taking your camera, in its case, anyways, consider trying to use it for more than one purpose.