Wedding Bells: Wedding Season Style Guide

We’ve decoded wedding day dress codes before, but today we’re tackling the rest of the wedding season events you might have on your calendar. So if you’ll be attending any engagement parties, showers, or rehearsal dinners in the upcoming months, then it’s time to take note.

But instead of just telling you what to wear, this time we decided to show you by staging a little photoshoot featuring Lauren’s own Paper Crown collection. (If only every day at the office involved playing dress up in Paper Crown…) Without further ado, here are our style suggestions for the wedding-related events you’ll be attending this summer.

Engagement Party

An evening engagement party typically calls for cocktail attire. The chic, light pink, strapless number Allison is modeling is Paper Crown’s Galley Dress in coral tweed. This one flew right off the shelves (we can see why), but you can find similar styles and other options on Paper Crown’s website.

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{If you’re looking for more details on my Paper Crown dress, check out our post on 100 Layer Cake. The light blue dress Alex has is from DV by Dolce Vita.}

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Bridal Shower

Showers almost always take place during the day, so a flirty sundress or breezy maxi is cute and appropriate. Since showers are also traditionally attended by women only, it’s the ideal time to go for a girly look. We all fell madly in love with the striped Paper Crown maxi dress that Alex is wearing in these shots. You can shop for it right here!

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Rehearsal Dinner

The rehearsal dinner is the most formal of the pre-wedding events, so you should step it up a notch for this last one! In our rehearsal dinner shoot, Allison and I are giving you a Chic Peek of two brand new Paper Crown frocks. The olive green Broadway Dress that Allison is wearing is from PC’s Fall 2013 line, and will be making its debut in mid-August on PaperCrown.com and at Anthropologie. The floral Parker Dress that I’m modeling is part of the Holiday 2013 collection and will be available on PaperCrown.com in mid-October. We can hardly wait!

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{How pretty does a pop of pink look against the olive green hue of Allison’s dress? Bright pink nails or lipstick would really go well with this one…}

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We hope you feel inspired to dress up for the next wedding-related event you have to attend! And here’s one overarching tip to keep in mind: Most guests know not to wear white to the wedding, but it’s best to avoid the hue at the events leading up to the big day too. The bride-to-be may very well choose to go a less traditional route for these events, but as a guest it’s best to play it safe.

Which look from our shoot was your favorite? Would you like to see more posts like this?

Let us know below!

xo Ilana
Team LC

P.S. For a closer look at what the “brides” are wearing in each shot, head on over to 100 Layer Cake and check out our latest guest post.

Photos: The Long Haul
Venue: Viceroy Santa Monica
Wardrobe: Paper Crown
Folded Heart Book: Novel Brand
Categories: Ilana Saul, Style Guide, Wear, Wedding
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