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What to Wear?

January 18th, 2010 by     


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I got invited to a black tie, Catholic wedding that’s taking place in February in Washington, D.C. We met the lovely couple at Pre Cana (remember I talked about how much we enjoyed it before?) and became friends fast. They are actually getting married at our venue as well and were kind enough to invite us along.  Unfortunately, Gardenia dude will be in New Orleans that weekend for my future brother-in-law’s bachelor party, but I’m not going to miss it.  That being said, I need some advice about attire.  Do I wear a gown to the church part of the wedding that starts at 3pm? The reception does not start until 7pm so there is a lag where I could go home and change and for some reason, I feel a bit strange wearing an evening gown to a church at 3pm in the afternoon.

What are your thoughts? The bride has told me I could do either, but since I don’t know any of their friends at this stage, I don’t really have anyone else to ask, therefore I’m turning to the BridalBuds community – any advice?

5 Responses to “What to Wear?”

  1. Stephanie Says:

    If you really don’t want to swap dresses, just choose a more basic style dress and switch out the shoes and accessories to be formal for the reception.

  2. Snapdragon Bud Says:

    I just went to a formal wedding in Philly where the ceremony was at 1pm. I don’t remember anyone changing their dresses for the reception, plenty of people were in gowns and fancy dress in the church (in spite of the raging blizzard outside!) I think you will see a lot of people dressed to the nines in the church– including the bridal party who will surely be wearing tux/gowns. I think its better to risk being overdressed for the church rather than under. But do what makes you most comfortable! And have fun!

  3. Liz Says:

    I went to a wedding this weekend. The ceremony was at 2pm and the reception was at 6pm. I wore the same dress to both the ceremony and the reception, but I noticed that a lot of people changed, especially women.

  4. Jane Says:

    I would wear a nice black dress that you can later accessorize to be more appropriate for the reception but still feel comfortable for the wedding. Just saw something today on television on how you can wear the same clothes from morning to night and yet change it up with accessories. Good luck.

  5. Nats and Marius Says:

    i like the idea of wearing the same dress but just accessorizing two different looks…let us know how it goes. xoxo