What A Backyard Wedding Guest Should Wear

by Karen

Beautiful and chic yet casual and comfortable, Backyard Weddings are rising in popularity each year. One of the most difficult parts when it comes to attending a wedding as a guest is knowing what to wear. While eveningwear is appropriate for more traditional weddings, a beautiful backyard wedding tends to have its own unique dress code.
Here is exactly what backyard wedding guests should wear to one of these elegant, intimate gatherings.

Floral Prints

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There’s something about a backyard wedding that just screams “garden party.” If you want to look the part and have your attire complement the breathtaking natural scenery that surrounds you, floral prints are an excellent approach. Ideal for wear in spring or summer months, floral prints will make you feel prim, proper, and ladylike all day long.
Be Careful…
If you decide to wear a floral print, the pattern you select should be carefully chosen. Be sure to pick a print that doesn’t include too much white, ivory, or champagne. It doesn’t matter how colorful the floral print - if it’s set against a white background, it can be considered inappropriate.
Pretty Pastels
No matter the bride’s chosen color scheme, backyard weddings tend to be filled with pastels. From the baby blue sky to pretty pink blooms, soft colors are everywhere in nature. To complement the striking atmosphere, consider wearing pastel tones if you have a backyard wedding on the horizon. Blush, lavender, and yellow are elegant colors that flatter a wide range of skin tones and will blend in beautifully with the overall look of any outdoor wedding.  
Breezy Gowns
Short, cocktail-length dresses are great if you live in warmer climates. But if you prefer to keep your legs covered, don’t hesitate to wear a floor-length dress instead. A maxi dress made from a breezy, lightweight fabric like chiffon will feel right at home at a laidback outdoor wedding. Or - if the feel of the backyard wedding is a bit more formal - opt for a long gown made of a more structured fabric instead.
Ladylike Accessories
No backyard wedding guest’s look would be complete without the perfect accessories. When dressing for a more casual outdoor affair, don’t be afraid to keep your jewelry light as well. Instead of a heavy, sparkly necklace, consider adorning your look with a simple strand of pearls. While hair accessories, hats, or fascinators are often overlooked when dressing for traditional weddings, don’t be afraid to wear them to a backyard wedding.
Appropriate Footwear
Set in the great outdoors, rough or uneven terrain should be expected if you’re attending a backyard wedding. This means that you should leave your pointy stilettos at home. Backyard weddings are one formal occasion where flats are perfectly appropriate - just be sure that they are a “dressy” pair that features lace accents or other embellishments. If you’d rather wear more formal footwear, wedges or espadrilles are right on-trend and will ensure you don’t sink into the ground with every single step.


What a backyard wedding guest should wear

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