It’s spring, and the air is filled with the sounds of wedding prep. Envelopes are being stuffed, flowers chosen, dresses tried on, vendors wrangled with, and desserts sampled. Wedding forums abound with panicked cries for advice. Pinterest boards overflow with ideas for cake-pop buffets, handmade custom-dyed tissue-paper flowers, and photo booths involving paper mustaches. Occasionally, the shriek of the bridezilla will drift through the city on the pollen-laden breezes.
And you, non-bride? You can relax, because you’re invited! Which brings up the eternal question: what are you gonna wear?
Play it safe with traditional, lacy looks by wearing colors, or else you could look bridal yourself, and that’s a no-no. Luckily, this year’s mad obsession with insane colors should give you plenty of flexibility.
In a post-Will-and-Kate world, headbands and fascinators are huge. Sometimes they are actually, physically huge. If you’re not into looking like the Countess of Frooftown, go for smaller, understated styles with a healthy dose of sparkle.
I love this color for late spring and summer, and I’m not just saying that because I used it in my own wedding and I think I’m totally a trendsetter for 2012 weddings. Not at all.
Solid Color Dresses
A simple base is easily customizable with scarves, shoes, long necklaces, or bags. If you’re invited to lots of weddings, you can get away with wearing the same dress with different accessories – unless you just want the excuse to buy more dresses.
Save the blingy sequins for the afterparty and go for subtler shine for the actual ceremony.