Hello, Darlings! Today’s topic is What To Wear To Spring Wedding In Atlanta. It is Wedding Season! The number of weddings this year is off the charts. So many people put off their weddings or are just now having a formal wedding (but already married) due to Covid issues. My husband and I were invited to a Saturday evening wedding in Atlanta, the invitation indicated the dress attire was a cocktail.
With everything else getting so much more casual, it is great to have the opportunity to “dress up” for an evening. Over the years I have been collecting items to have on hand for more formal/cocktail occasions so I don’t have to rush out to try to find something to wear at the last minute.
What To Wear To Spring Wedding In Atlanta
What To Wear To Spring Wedding In Atlanta-Check Your Invite For Dress Code
I love it when people put a dress code on the invitation. It makes it so much easier to plan your outfit. The invitation for our event stated Cocktail Attire. For me, that means that men need to wear a suit and tie, and women can wear a cocktail dress, sundress, or dressy pantsuit.
What To Wear To Spring Wedding In Atlanta- Know Your Venue
This is so important. Especially if you are attending a wedding outside in the South. Atlanta in the Spring, Summer, And Fall is HOT and HUMID. So if you are invited to a wedding that is outside, you need to take into consideration the weather. The wedding we were invited to was at a country club where the ceremony and reception were inside, but the cocktail hour was outside.
Even inside events can be either hot or very cold ( we really like our a/c in the South). If you wear a sleeveless dress you may want to consider bringing a light jacket/sweater/wrap.
What To Wear To Spring Wedding In Atlanta- Wear A Little Black Dress
I have several go-to dresses I can choose from for weddings and other events. I LOVE the “Little Black Dress” or LBD. It is a workhorse for these types of events and I can change the look, but changing the accessories and shoes. My wardrobe consists of several LBDs with different necklines and sleeve lengths.
For Jewelry- Rhinestones or Pearls
Adding jewelry is where the fun begins. The time of day or even the venue can help you decide how much bling is appropriate for a wedding. For a more formal evening event, you might want to pull out your best “bling”. But if the event is in the morning/afternoon or in a more casual venue, pearls are always a great option.
If you can’t decide, do both! I decided to wear a gorgeous pair of rhinestone and pearl earrings to the wedding in Atlanta.
Because my dress had such an interesting neckline, I decided that a necklace might be too much. I let the dress be the show. To complete my jewelry, I added a beaded black bracelet with rhinestones and pearls.
Evening Bag or Not?
I like to take an evening bag to events and weddings, making sure I choose one that will fit my sunglasses, cell phone, tissues, and lipstick. If I don’t, then my husband’s pockets serve as my “keeping place” for these items. But, I have a nice collection of evening bags that I don’t get an opportunity to use. So when events like weddings come along, I want to show them off.
The evening bag comes in handy to help save a seat for dining. Lucky for us, this wedding had assigned seats (which I LOVE) so we didn’t need to try to save seats.
Add A Lightweight Shawl or Wrap
My dress was sleeveless and I decided to wear a shawl for the evening. This came in handy as the wedding space was quite chilly. It also gave a pop of color and interest to my all-black outfit.
My shawl is the Cashmere Gauze Stole from Kettlewell Colours in Pink Ice. The color gave a touch of softness to the outfit. When the time came for dancing, I just neatly folded it and placed it on my chair as a placeholder. I actually got several compliments on my shawl.
Choose Shoes Wisely
If I was younger, this would not be an issue. But after suffering from plantar fasciitis for several years, I don’t take shoe choices lightly. It is finding a balance between comfort and appropriate for the occasion. Block heels are a great choice for stability and comfort. If you want to wear a higher heel, look for a shoe with a slight platform in the toe area, this will help take some of the stress off your instep.
You don’t have to wear high heels. If you chose not to, look for a lower heel with rhinestones to help elevate the look. Stay away from a kitten heel or thinner heel as you will lose stability. Plus, if the venue is outside, you don’t want to be punching holes in the lawn all evening.
One of my favorite products to use before you put on your shoes is an anti-friction/blister preventing spray such as Pre Heels. You spray it on, let it try to a tacky feel, then put on your shoes. I spray it on my heel area and where my straps come in contact with my feet.
Treat Yourself To Manicure & Pedicure
I don’t get the opportunity to go to many events, so when I do I like to treat myself to a manicure and pedicure. It is amazing how much better your hands and feet look when your nails are done. I chose a purple/Fuschia color that would go with all my outfits for the weekend.
Many people like to wear a color called Funny Bunny, which is white with a tint of pink, or go with a more natural french manicure look. Not me, I like color. If you don’t have time to get your nails done, there are some great “press on” types of nails that you can quickly put on to give you a manicured look.
To Tan Or Not To Tan- That IS The Question
I will be honest, most people look better and thinner with a tan. Because pantyhose are now considered out of style, need to look at some options for tanning. I am lucky in that I tan quite easily, but in the early Spring months, I need to self-tan, especially my legs so they look thinner and the cellulite is less noticeable if I wear a shorter dress.
I don’t like spray tan booths, I have had bad results. So to keep it looking as natural as possible (and to prevent orange hands) I use Jergens Natural Glow Firming Body Lotion in Medium To Deep Tones. You can use it daily to help “build up” a tan look. It will not stain your hands, but I still wash them carefully. Test it a week or so before your event to make sure the color works with your skin tone. They do have a lighter version. I do not use this on my face.
Try A Bronzer
I play a lot of tennis, so straplines are a problem. Many times the Jergen’s Natural Glow does not completely cover the straplines so I use a bronzing powder to finish the job. The product I use is the Tarte Amazonian Clay Matte Waterproof Bronzer in Hotel Heiress. This is a DEEP Bronzing color. It is buildable and I apply it with a Kabuki style brush that I only use for the bronzer.
Shop Your Closet First
One of the best things about packing for my weekend in Atlanta is that I could easily “Shop My Closet”. I did not need to run out and purchase anything for the trip. I have built a wardrobe that works for my lifestyle, with pieces that work with my color palette and body type. No panic buying!
This has taken some time to create, but I am thrilled with the results. My closet is organized and labeled and I could quickly find items that are rarely used such as my evening clutch. This makes packing for a trip so much easier.