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What to Wear: Spring Weddings

As spring wedding invitations begin to land in your mailbox, they may mention dress codes that leave you scratching your head–or worse, offer no clue at all. Here’s how to decipher the lingo and head to the every spring wedding confident that your outfit is on point.

Casual Wedding

Casual weddings usually mean a relaxed atmosphere (think: a beach bash or a backyard get-together) and offer a lot of leeway for your outfit. Why not try an easy-to-wear mini with a playful sleeve detail? Keep accessories minimal for a look that works either day or night.

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You can also dress down a fancier style with a denim jacket or cardigan–perfect for an outdoor reception that’s sure to turn cooler at night.

Semi-Formal Wedding

Think of semi-formal attire as wedding guest default mode. If the invite doesn’t specify how to arrive, reach for a classic cocktail dress (lace is always lovely) and accessories that sparkle, then rest assured you’ll be dressed appropriately no matter what.

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If you’re not familiar with the venue, check it out online for an idea of the wedding’s vibe, then plan your ensemble accordingly.

Formal Wedding

Now’s the time to pull out all the stops–without upstaging the bride, of course! A formal or black-tie wedding is the perfect time to slip into a floor-length gown, the highest of heels, and statement accessories like a metallic clutch and drop earrings.

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Use the color scheme of the invitation as a hint as to which color the bridesmaids might wear. You may want to opt for another hue so as not to appear too matchy.