Weddings used to be super formal but now it's becoming more popular to go for something a little more fashion forward and fun. Church Weddings tend to be more formal - go more traditional with occasion wear but you can still nod to the trends. I would add a blazer for the ceremony to smarten things up a little.
A city wedding is the perfect chance to go all out and dress to impress and so is a summer ball. I used to pick up my summer ball dresses in the January sale in Monsoon, I was really keen and planned ahead to save cash when I was a student.
Now that I'm in work I'm more likely to go for a fancy item of womens designer clothing, the photos from the wedding will last a lifetime and I want to wear something special. I would be tempted to hire a dress for the day from a service like Wish Want Wear, something showstopping for a fraction of the price of buying one.
Reiss - Miss Selfridge - The Pretty Dress Company
One you have found the perfect dress you also need to track down some matching accessories. I normally go for neutrals so I can wear them to numerous events and they will go with all of my dresses. This cuts down on the price of attending events. I went to three weddings last summer and only changed my dress, all the accessories stayed the same and I don't think anyone noticed ;) I normally chose court shoes like these Moony Mood ones with a chunky heel for something like a ball, ours was held in the Cardiff Castle grounds and all the girls with high, thin heels ended up sinking into the grass.
Bag: Accessorize - Earrings: New Look - Shoes: Dorothy Perkins
As you can see trying to chose an outfit for a event can be tricky and I've not always got it right. I've learnt that strapless dresses are not my friend, I cant wear high heel shoes from noon until midnight and a tiny clutch bag is useless if you want to top up your make up through the day. Chose wisely! There's a reason why I haven't shared my school prom photos...
Are you outfit planning for any big events this summer?