Weddings have always had an interesting dress code. After all, you’re going to have people out to impress, looking to meet new people amongst familiar faces, as well as being noted for best dressed. However, this goes well beyond just the day of the ceremony, but rather the entire weekend. As most of us know, the intimacy of weddings starts as soon as you check into your hotel and lasts until the newlyweds are on their way to the honeymoon.
Yes, being the best dressed at the wedding is no easy task, but it’s one that you should take pride in attempting. Especially when considering that this most likely won’t be the last wedding you’re ever invited to, it’s good to get started now, so you have your outfits down for years to come. Plus, these outfits can transcend well-beyond the weekend and into your day-to-day. Here’s how:
Any time that style is involved, it’s important to remember your basics. These include a blend of what’s necessary for the ceremony, bridal party, and even casually lounging around afterward. What your outfit says about you will largely dictate how much you care about the party, as well as give light to your personality. And whether you’re after an amazing set of bridal gowns or custom tailored suits, the process is still the same.
First and foremost, see if you have your staple items in place. While you may have heard the term before, these are basically the necessities everyone needs in their closet. For example, a solid pair of boots for men can go a long way both at the reception dinner as well as when out afterward. Plus, they’re easy to pack as a versatile go-to. I highly recommend checking out a maker like Taft, which has a unique line of stylish options that are an excellent introduction to the boot industry.
Finally, some other staple items you should consider including are items you might already have, such as a plain button-down shirt, dark jeans, and even a neutral tone jacket. Not only will this help you keep your packing to a minimum, but will also help you save tremendously as well.
Analyzing The Cost
Once you’ve established the necessary items to include, it’s time to consider what you’re going to wear the day of the ceremony. Depending on if you’re actually in the wedding party or not is primarily going to determine what you wear. However, if that’s not clearly defined for you, then it’s imperative to start factoring suit or dress costs into your budget.
According to CostHelper, the average wedding suit rental can go anywhere from $50 to $1000. That’s an incredibly broad range, and one that is going to follow the adage of “you get what you pay for.” I’ll note that sometimes buying a custom tailored suit or dress might be the most cost-efficient option rather than renting, especially when considering the amount of weddings you might be invited to. Plus, you’ll have something that looks great and can be used for any occasion, as long as you buy a color scheme that’s versatile per any season (I.E: blue or black). All-in-all, as long as you know how many uses you’ll possibly get out of this and for what price, the overall value can be much less than you’d expect.
When planning for a wedding weekend, it’s never a bad idea to try to find some steals at a vintage or secondhand shop. These can be tremendous sources for anything from accessories such as watches, bracelets, or necklaces to even ties or jackets. And considering that according to EcoGoodz, approximately 80% of people buy second hand, if you’re not familiar, then now’s a perfect time to start.
Start looking around your local area for any Goodwill or Salvation Army’s, as well as any boutiques that specialize in particular genres of clothing. Granted, this process will take a little bit of digging, as well as a keen eye for style, but the payoff could be tremendous.
Another awesome option is hitting up any outlet malls, or looking for those end of season sales. These locations are absolute gems to finding either statement or accent pieces, as well as knocking out your staples. Finally, no matter what you’re after, make sure that you feel comfortable and great in it, as this is a definition of yourself.
With wedding season hitting its prime, what outfits are you most excited to rock this year? Comment with your answer below!