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Personalized accessories make the perfect bridesmaid gifts. Plus, wedding parties and attendees dress for success, and a new book promises special stories.
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Looking the Part
How to dress for success—a successful wedding, that is.
Not everyone knows etiquette for wedding attire, so communicate it yourself. Explaining appropriate dress for your affair can be approached in a few ways.
“Stating that the dress is black tie is suitable to include on the invitation, but a theme that is different or creative can go on an insert card,” says Samantha Diedrick of Secretariat Wedding and Event Planning in Wilmington. “The more information you add, the better.”
If you are wedding at a beach, you’ll have to refocus. If it’s not a formal event, acknowledge that flip-flops or bare feet are acceptable, if that is the theme you want.
“Updates on the wedding, as well as temperature or travel details on a wedding Website, is convenient for out-of-town guests,” says Leanne Silicato of Make My Day Planning in Rehoboth Beach. Make My Day manages wedding Websites for brides. Word of mouth through the bridal party, friends or parents is also a good way to convey details and proper dress.
Other dos? “Dressing appropriately for the occasion is the best advice if it’s formal or at a ballroom or place of worship,” Diedrick says. “You don’t want to be dressed flashy or wear revealing clothes.” Help your guests realize it is a big day, and that there will probably be pictures taken of them.
A few don’ts: Most guests should know not to wear white so they don’t compete with the bride. “Don’t assume the weather is going to be nice,” Silicato says. “Prepare for rain and wind. Think ahead and tuck an umbrella, pashmina or a pair of flip-flops in your purse or car.” And “Never wear denim,” says Stephanie Weston of Exquisite Events in Wilmington. “It is a faux pas. No matter how casual, it is completely inappropriate.” —Rachel Lee
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