Style Question: It’s Wedding Season

Hi Elisabeth,
What should you wear to a bridal luncheon, rehearsal dinner and a wedding if you are a greeter? I know nothing! It’s in the NC mountains, the bride is totally casual and the groom’s family is Southern, so I don’t know what to expect!

Hi Kate, thanks for the great question!

Dressing for weddings is tricky, so you are not alone in wondering about this.

What you should wear depends a lot on the bride and her style. Other considerations are location, venues, bridesmaids dresses and time of day. Since I only have the location, I’ll give you a few options.

Location – North Carolina mountains

Having spent many summers and attended a few weddings in that area, this says “wedding casual” to me!

Here are a few ways you can pull that off for the wedding itself:

Pairing Separates

Top: Opt for a silky ruffle blouse or one in a fun shape like this “fantasy collar” peplum cut. 



Skirt: Look for skirts in lace, silk chiffon or in a fun shape to dress things up. 


Forever 21


Cotton Sundresses

These are great for afternoon weddings. Get creative with accessories – add a colorful clutch, a gold belt or some bright patent leather heels.

Banana Republic


Simple Sheath or Wrap Dresses


Czar on CUSP


Your shoes should dress up the outfit, not dress it down. Overly casual shoes can make an outfit too dressed down for a wedding unless the bride specifically says “This is a cowboy boots/flip flops/chacos wedding.” Easiest thing? Find out what the bridesmaids are wearing and follow suit.

Play with accessories. If you go with a simple knit or cotton shift, add a statement necklace or stacked bangles. Balance out how dressed up or down you are with your purse, a cardigan or jacket, and jewelry.

Bridesmaids Luncheon and Rehearsal Dinner:

Think of it like stair steps. Usually the wedding is fanciest, the rehearsal dinner is a step down, and the bridesmaids luncheon is the most casual. A floral skirt and casual top, a knit dress, or a cotton sundress are your best options.




About the groom:

If his Southern family is very traditional or from a city like Atlanta, Birmingham, or Charleston, their side of the guest list may be slightly dressier. Ultimately, though, the tone of the wedding is set by the bride. It’s likely you’ll end up seeing attire from casual to cocktail.

You weigh in: What would you wear to a wedding in the mountains?


5 thoughts on “Style Question: It’s Wedding Season

  1. I never think to pair a top and skirt to a wedding – I always just stick to dresses for some reason. Love love the idea of peplum. Such a cute look!

    1. I do too, actually, but I have so many weddings this year that I have to get creative 🙂 Let me know if you end up going with a skirt/top combo and what it is! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Thank you so much! That is awesome. I’m pretty obsessed with peplum cuts (have to dive in and buy one), and we just a Top Shop in NYC! Thanks for the accessory advice too, you’re the best!

    1. You are welcome lady! I’m obsessed with peplum too – just picked up a black peplum dress from H&M this weekend and can’t wait to wear it 🙂 And as for the advice, any time!

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