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What To Wear To A Spring Semi-Formal Wedding

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What to Wear to a Spring Wedding

Now that the first day of April is upon us, we are officially in full-fledged wedding season. As such, I thought I’d take this opportunity to discuss what to wear to a spring wedding. We’ve already talked about what to wear to bridal showers, but (obviously) if you were invited to her shower, then odds are you’re invited to her wedding. So you probably have a Spring wedding on the horizon. But regardless of whether or not you’ve got 2 or 7 coming up, Spring weddings are a fact of life – aka inevitable.

Spring Wedding Attire is Flexible

Unlike late fall and winter weddings, warmer temps in the Spring offer flexibility for what you can get away with wearing. As such, Spring wedding attire can range anywhere from beachy casual to formal black-tie. But in my experience, most Spring weddings have been semi-formal. As such, I’m going to be discussing specifically what to wear to a semi-formal Spring wedding.

As I mentioned, most spring weddings will be semi-formal attire. Brides typically opt for a less-formal wedding (at least attire wise) during this time of year for a number of reasons, but mostly because it’s simply more fitting for the season. After months of chilling temperatures and bulky clothes, most brides opt for a less formal occasion that allows for brighter colors, lighter fabrics, and fun prints worn in shorter and less-structured silhouettes. Think about it. When you think of a spring wedding, don’t you imagine colorful, flowy dresses?

What does Semi-Formal Attire Mean, Anyway?

I mean, I’m sure everyone and their mother already knows the answer to this question but for the sake of being thorough, I’ll just quickly say that typically, semi-formal means cocktail dress for us girls and a dark suit for the boys.

But I think it’s safe to say that semi-formal attire could mean something different depending on which time of year it is. Don’t you think? And so this is where I’m going to camp out today: the semi-formal attire that is specific to those warm, Spring months.

brightontheday wearing blue floral jacquard dress talking about what to wear to a spring semi-formal wedding

What makes a semi-formal wedding in Spring different than one in Fall? Obviously, the colors are going to be different as well as the weight and type of material of the dress. Traditionally speaking, Spring colors are lighter and brighter of course and Fall colors are darker. I think dresses in spring are more flexible when it comes to which types of fabric are acceptable or will look appropriate.

Additionally, I’d argue that think Spring permits bolder prints that wouldn’t necessarily work during Fall. Further, it’s easier to sport a shorter, boldly printed dress than it is to rock a full on formal gown in a bold, bright print. Right? Personally, wear a colorful printed formal gown is a challenge I’ll never sign up for – that just sounds like way too much stuff going on for all 5 foot 3 of me. Maybe that’s just me though?

brightontheday wearing blue floral jacquard dress talking about what to wear to a spring semi-formal wedding

brightontheday wearing blue floral jacquard dress talking about what to wear to a spring semi-formal wedding

In my opinion, this dress (I’m wearing above) is perfect for a spring wedding because it’s short and playful but it’s made of a thicker jacquard fabric that holds it’s shape; the structured look of the dress coupled with the subtle metallic detail in the fabric creates the perfect semi-formal look. And plus, I just adore the empire waist silhouette of it too.

Don’t Forget To Consider The Weather

A few other things to consider when it comes to spring weddings…#AllTheRain.

Don’t forget to check the weather and see if you’ll need to plan for spring showers. If it’s an outside wedding you might want to think twice about wearing pointy heels and consider wearing wedges instead (so you don’t sink into the grass and ruin your shoes).

Also, if there’s a chance of rain, you might want to avoid wearing a long or maxi dress in case it’s muddy. And lastly, consider the humidity level and maybe be extra proactive and bring a carry on size of hairspray and a few bobby pins just in case :)

Shop the Post: DRESS: Eliza J Floral Dress // SHOES: Steve Madden ‘Carrson’ Sandal 

Here are some dresses that I would wear for an upcoming wedding:

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  • Reply
    Florentina Scusi
    April 4, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    Lovely dress!

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    Ashleigh Jean
    April 2, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    Great tips :) I love spring weddings and usually opt for a floral dress because I think they’re the perfect amount of dressiness without being distracting. Your dress is absolutely perfect for the purpose :)

    xx, Ashleigh | http://www.fashioninflight.com

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    Erica Friend
    April 2, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    Beautiful dress, love your Insta! I had to politely (as politely as I could muster) remind my sister in law she couldn’t/shouldn’t wear a white cotton dress she recently acquired to an upcoming cousin’s spring semi formal wedding. ? Bless her heart! I’m pretty sure I’m a southern girl deep down!

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    Hannah Madison
    April 1, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    What a beautiful dress! I love the color and everything about it!! I will definitely be looking over your recommendations. I have SO many events coming up this season.

    Thank you! Also excited for more faith-based posts… <3 <3 <3


    Hannah from HMS Jewels

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    Rach Martin
    April 1, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    This dress is stunning! I love the length and color of it, perfect for spring!

    Rachel | http://www.seashellsandsparkles.com

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    Christine | @viewfrom5ft2
    April 1, 2016 at 10:15 am

    SOOO pretty! Love this look B :)

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    Sydney S
    April 1, 2016 at 8:02 am

    I love the blue, it’s such a gorgeous dress!!
    xo, Syd

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    Sasa Zoe
    April 1, 2016 at 7:59 am

    Love your dress! Beautiful:P

    Shall We Sasa

  • Reply
    April 1, 2016 at 7:43 am

    You make such good points about Spring weather and clarifying semi-formal! That dress you are wearing is gorgeous!


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    Dressed With Soul
    April 1, 2016 at 7:22 am

    I*m not invited vor any Spring wedding this year – but what a wonderful dress! Here in Bavaria it is often usual to wear a Traditional Bavarian Dress which makes the clothing choice easier :)
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

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    April 1, 2016 at 7:15 am

    I don’t have any spring weddings coming up but I’ll live vicariously through your dress choice!! The light blue floral is amazing…reminds me of hydrangeas (maybe the print is actually hydrangeas??). Anyway, when the hydrangea bushes start blooming that reminds me of spring/summer, and the muted blue color is so flattering and elegant. Also, love that this dress has pockets!!!! Such a fun touch!

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