Wedding Guest Style Guide 2017

Wedding Guest Style Guide 2017

It’s that time of year when we get together to celebrate our friends family tying the knot! Actually, to be honest, we are pretty well into wedding season. You might have already attended a spring wedding or two with a lineup of summer and early fall celebrations adorning your calendar.

Weddings are momentous occasions, and every couple has a special way of celebrating their day. Some want to keep their ceremony simple and intimate, while others prefer to have all the bells and whistles. Some choose traditional, religious ceremonies, while others would rather elope in Vegas. Every wedding is totally different.

As a guest, you know the couple whose wedding you are attending (err, most of the time), and you likely have an idea of how they envision their wedding.

But, it isn’t always crystal clear what they expect from their guests. Some invitations are descriptive. Others leave things up to interpretation.

When I’m a wedding guest, I like to have as much information as possible. From my experiences though, a lot of hosts aren’t great at telling their guests what to expect. I don’t know about you, but that gives me anxiety.  I’m the girl who has a bunch of questions to be answered and constantly needs them to be answered in case things change.

Kind of a struggle, and makes attending a wedding a little more stressful. 

While I can’t help reassure you about certain logistics the weddings you are attending, what I CAN help you with is making sure you look wedding appropriate and fashionable—no matter the type of wedding.

From subtle, flowy bohemian dresses to bright patterned frocks, here are some trendy wedding guest dresses that are my favorite! You’ll look effortlessly put together as a guest, and you definitely won’t upstage the bride. Depending on how much you want to spend, there are dresses ranging from $40-$300 that are wedding appropriate.

Dresses Under $100

Dresses Under $200

Dresses Under $300

If you’re in doubt about what to wear, you need to save this style guide by The Black Tux. They’re also a great place to rent a tuxedo that fits well and is fashion-forward. Wedding Guest Style Guide


If you’re not sure if a dress you love is appropriate for the occasion, here are some tips for tricky situations:

If you’re in doubt if your dress is too light or too close to white, don’t wear it. The last thing you want to do is show up in a dress that upstages the bride or is just too close to white. It’s safe to stay away, no matter how pretty the dress. 

If you wouldn’t want your mother to see you in that dress, it’s probably not a good choice for a wedding.  Save the risqué dresses with cutouts and mesh for the club. Unless they’re done very tastefully, they don’t really belong at a wedding ceremony. 

What kind of dresses do you generally wear when you attend weddings? Do you have any tips you want to share with TSL readers? Let us all know in the comments!

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Life Lately — May 6, 2017


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Hello, everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve done a Life Lately update for you all. Things have been busy busy busy and there has been lots going on! I’ve got a short list of things I want to share with you all:

Little Book of Hygge – It’s pronounced “hoo-ga.” I just finished reading this book. The Danes really take comfort and coziness to the next level with their culture of hygge. A light and enjoyable yet informative read, this book exceeded my expectations! I went back and forth on whether to buy this book, but I found it worthwhile and have even been passing the book along to friends and family.  I’ve been trying to adopt some hygge practices in my own lifestyle and it’s been awesome!

A Quick Little Trip to Stockholm – If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen some cool photos of Stockholm! We went to Stockholm for a short spring break vacation and it was really nice to experience a new culture, do some touristy things, and get out of the area for a while. I’m working on a post for you all about the trip! Look for that coming soon!

Vegetable Garden – I’m starting a vegetable garden. Well, sort of. I’m committed to the idea of growing some veggies at home, but I haven’t invested in raised garden beds, compost, irrigation systems, etc. I’m growing zucchini, cucumbers, green bell peppers, jalapeños, cilantro, basil, and lavender right now. We’ll see what I don’t kill and then add more veggies to the garden based on that!

It’ll be really nice to not have to constantly purchase these veggies at the grocery store or farmer’s market. Do you any grow veggies or herbs at home? Any advice to give someone who is a newbie? 

Parabo Press – I’m not affiliated with Parabo Press in any way, but I wanted to pass along a deal they have! You can get 25 free square prints just for the cost of shipping. I just sent in a 25 photos to print, including vacation photos, and can’t wait for them to come in. I ordered a photo book from Parabo back in December and just leave it on the coffee table to look at from time to time. It’s nice to physically flip through a book instead of swipe through my phone. 

That’s pretty much the “cool” stuff I have to share with you all! Below are some really good, informative links you should check out. 

Some links I’ve enjoyed lately:

13 Restaurant and Food Photography Tips for Bloggers

How to Live a Luxurious Life While Still Saving

30 Ideas for What to Post on Instagram 


Experiences, Not Things.

Experiences, not things

Over the past couple of years, I’ve started to shift my spending from more clothes, shoes, and accessories to spending on experiences. Designer labels and brand names are becoming less important as I get older, and at the same time, I’m starting to think more about how I want to spend my money on memorable experiences. I mean, who really needs 8 pairs of sandals? 

(No one.)

Now that the weather is warming up, I’m starting to give a lot more thought to how I want to spend late spring, summer, and fall. Even though I’m somewhat used to my homebody ways of watching Netflix or reading and snacking in pajamas, it’s time to break out of that mindset and get out there. It’s time to start going out more often (GOMO)! 

I’m pretty lucky that I live in one of the coolest places in the world(San Francisco Bay Area whaat!!) and there really isn’t a shortage of fun things to do around here. From concerts to sporting events to wine tasting and camping, there’s something here for everyone to love. 

With the help of my friends at Eventbrite, I’ve put together a sort of bucket list for fun things I want to try in 2017 that require me to get out of my comfort zone, get out of the house, and have fun and make memories! 

Here’s the list:

Go to a concertGo to my first country concert. In a few weeks, I’m going to be sipping on some bud light with my cowboy hat watching Chris Stapleton take the stage. I’m no stranger to concerts, but I’ve never been to a country concert. The group of friends I’m going with aren’t the usual friends I go to concerts with, so I’m really looking forward to making some great memories with these friends at this show. Fingers crossed that the weather is nice and it doesn’t get too chilly near the end of the show!

Take a cooking class

Take a cooking class. I took a baking class a couple of years ago while in New York at the Momofuku Milk Bar. Even though I was by myself, I found the experience to be pretty fun since I love to bake. The thing about that class is that while I loved baking and I learned a lot, birthday cake isn’t something I can incorporate in to my diet on a regular basis (but wouldn’t that be awesome if I could!?!!?). I’m hoping to take a cooking class on some type of cuisine–perhaps Thai or Japanese? I don’t have much experience with cooking those types of cuisine at home and some recipes feel pretty intimidating to tackle on my own, including beginner recipes.

go on a wine tour

Go on a wine tour. Lucky me, I live pretty damn close to wine country. While Napa County is world-famous and everyone and their mother goes there, there are wineries throughout the Bay Area, including the East Bay and the South Bay. It would be awesome to get a group of friends together one Saturday or Sunday and go on a wine tour where the itinerary is already planned and all we have to do is show up. 

Hit up a foodie festival. There is no shortage of foodie festivals in the Bay Area. Whether it’s about craft beer, coffee, wine, or street food, there’s a festival happening somewhere just about every month. Some of them can be pretty pricy, and you definitely have to make sure you don’t upset your stomach with too much food, but it will be really fun to see what local vendors have to offer and even do a taste test. 

spend time at a retreat

Spend time at a retreat. Whenever I take time off work to go on vacation, I usually pack that time full of activities and don’t give myself a lot of time to unwind and rest. With that strategy, I make the most of my time off, but I also come back to work feeling tired and unfocused…which is not good. Heading to a retreat–a holistic one, a yoga one, or something similar, where we take time to rest, heal, and connect, would be an awesome experience. 

What do you think of my list? I hope my list has inspired you to step out of your comfort zone and plan to do something new this year! 

If you’re looking for ideas, you should definitely check out Eventbrite. And if you’re the type of person to plan your own event, Eventbrite even has an event planning page that’s perfect for you. 

With all this being said, what do you say–let’s GOMO this year?