Wedding Dressed: Garden

Here comes the bride/groom/life partner/spouse, all dressed in white/black/fuchsia/sustainably harvested bamboo silk... Weddings these days are anything but traditional, but as a guest, it's best to play it safe when you're getting dressed to head to the ceremony. Besides the unbreakable "Thou Shalt NOT Outshine the Bride," commandment, what are the rules of wedding dressing? We're here to help. Over the next several weeks, we'll be giving you guidelines of appropriate attire for different kinds of ceremonies & receptions, along with reasonably priced dresses, shoes, and accessory ideas. Please RSVP.... We'd love to have you!

Garden weddings are usually day affairs and bring to mind images of delicately climbing vines, Earl Grey in china cups, and finger sandwiches. The goal here would be to look lovely rather than ravishing, but you need something more formal than a cute sundress. Accessory bonus - hats & white gloves are totally welcome at such charming fĂȘtes. We've tried to keep the price point under $250, and as always No. 10 is our tribute the the perpetual conundrum of "Chanel taste, Old Navy budget."

Bottom line: Light, floaty knee-length or tea-length dresses in silk, satin, and chiffon. How very proper, dahlink.

1- Trixxi Sleeveless Empire Dress ($79)

2- Donna Ricco One Shoulder Stretch Satin Sheath Dress ($138)

3- Boden Sassy Silk Dress ($148)

4- Ann Taylor Silk Strapless Dress ($149)

5- Aqua Draped Goddess Dress ($168)

6- Adrianna Papell Sleeveless V-Neck Dress ($178)

7- BCBGMAXAZRIA Woven Asymmetric Tiered Strapless Dress ($179)

8- Betty Jackson Two Short Silk Dress ($225)

9- Lily Pulitzer Kiki Jacquard Dress ($238)

10- Alexander McQueen Twill Chiffon Draped Halter Dress ($3,075)

P.S. This time of year, Personal Shopper requests for wedding wear rain down upon us in epic flood proportions. While we know each dilema has its own unique twist, we really can't get to all of them, much as we want to (we do have to sleep SOMEtime). So, hopefully, this series will help all you once and future wedding guests to look fabu, no matter what the occasion.

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Posted on 02.18.11 at 8:41 AM

I'm a HUGE fan.. but the #6 dress(Adrianna Papell Sleeveless V-Neck Dress ($178) HORRIBLE! I Have seen it on another Outblush post (Sometime in November) and I bought it. And I was literally in tears. I took it back to my local Nordstroms..and luckily they solved what would have been a Christmas party diasaster!..Buyers beware.


Posted on 02.18.11 at 9:54 AM

Oh no, Unknwoen! We're so sorry about that!!! The picture looks awesome - it stinks when what you see on the website is NOT what you get in person! (Oh, the perils of online shopping... And thank heavens for a friendly Nordstroms returns department!...)

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