Now that we are all on the same page on wedding gift etiquette (see Susie’s post here), we wanted to cover how to interpret the dress code on wedding invitations you have probably already begun to receive, and will likely continue to receive throughout spring and summer.  From “festive formal” to “informal,” we have you covered!

Formal attire for weddings can really depend on whether the wedding takes place during the afternoon or evening.  A good option that will work for both is a festive cocktail dress like this Nicole Miller black and gold stunner.   Top it off with the gold coin cuff and raw pearl earrings to look your best, without overshadowing the bride.


Slightly more casual than formal is semi-formal, which includes attire ranging from pantsuits to dressy cocktail dresses.  We love this red berry asymmetrical BCBG dress that falls perfectly in the middle of this range – dressy without being over the top, and oh-so-comfortable!


The festive category falls between semi-formal and informal, and should be FUN!  Typically, brides include this attire on their invitation when they want a more whimsical wedding, rather than serious.  You can usually get away expressing your style through bold colors, patterns, and a funkier style.  Festive Formal may also imply no black – after all, it is a celebration!  Perhaps we should all vow not to wear black to any more weddings.

Informal or Casual

Casual wedding attire can range from a dressy skirt, pants with a blouse, or cocktail dress depending on the time of day.  Again, we picked the middle ground and went with this peach Britt Ryan cocktail dress, paired with metallic sandals and turquoise jewelry.

If you (or your daughter) are the one saying “I do” this year, we have a few white dresses in the store that would be perfect for those bachelorette parties, wedding showers, and bridal luncheons!