What to Wear to a Bridal Shower (As a Guest or the Bride!)
Being engaged is such an exciting time in a bride’s life – from the ring selfies to planning her dream wedding and all the exciting festivities in between. If she’s anything like me, she wants to plan as many bridal showers and parties as she can to soak up her engagement and have the chance to celebrate with all her different family and friend groups. But, with bridal showers and engagement parties come having to find the perfect outfit to be photographed in whether you’re the guest or the bride. Lucky for you, today on the blog, I want to share a few quick tips on what to wear to a bridal shower regardless if you’re the one being celebrated or doing the celebrating. (Because we all know there’s going to be the same #ThrowbackThursday posts for at least a year…)
P.S. I maybe, just maybe, also linked some AH-mazingly cute inspiration to help get your shopping started.
Not that you may be surprised. But, in addition to my wedding planning days, I’ve also had some of my days spent as a bridesmaid. (Look how cute we were!) While some of those days were convincing my now sister-in-law to continuing putting up with my brother (kidding, y’all!), others were spent helping plan bridal showers, taking notes of gifts, and assembling what felt like 5000 poof paper balls to decorate a reception hall. When it comes to being a kicka$$ bridesmaid, you have to be on the top of your game like the HBIC over at Bridesmaids Confession. That also means dressing the part.
My General Rule
My general rule of thumb when it comes to dressing for a bridal shower (or even the wedding!) is to keep it classy. Maybe I’m too modest or out of touch with my generation, but it seems like today’s clothes have less and less fabric to them. Not that I’m against you rocking the hot bod you’ve worked for. But, you have to keep in mind who’s in attendance. The bride and groom’s families will be there. Not to mention, a lot of times, that’s the majority of the people at these festivities. You don’t want to be that friend who’s being whispered about behind closed doors. Keep the goods in for this round, you can let it free at the bachelorette party.
As a Guest
When it comes to attending a bridal shower as a bridesmaid or a guest, you’re probably standing in front of your closet lost on what to wear. You already know that you should never wear white unless you’re the bride. But, that’s probably about it.
Hint: That’s a really good start!
There’s some other things that you may want to keep in mind when choosing the perfect outfit. While you want to dress to impress for all those Instagram photos to be taken, there’s often a fine line you dance on to not ‘upstage’ the bride. I know – it sounds silly! But, keep in mind, this isn’t NYFW, ladies. Bridal showers and engagement parties are more casual than the rehearsal dinner and the wedding. Rather than wearing a bold dress straight from Vogue, you may want to opt for something more simple and classic looking. Don’t be afraid to add a statement shoe or other accessory to show off your style.
You also want to keep up with the dress code. Follow any ‘themes’ or attire that the shower may have listed on the invitation. If there’s not a theme or attire listed on the invitation, it’s important to keep in mind the season, location, and time of day. For example, tea party bridal showers are a popular thing in the South. You may want to wear a summer fit and flare dress and ask if floppy hats will be involved. Brighter colors and floral prints are perfect for spring and summer bridal showers! Also, while black is often considered an off limits color for anything wedding, I think falling back on our staple black dress for a rare fall or winter bridal shower is acceptable if it’s paired with pops of some color. Don’t be afraid to play around with a comfy sweater, shoes, and jewelry.
As a Bride
When I was growing up, a wise woman I call ‘mom’ always told me that you can never be overdressed. Whether she got it from Oscar Wilde or not, she made a great point. As a bride, this is your time. Why not strive to be the best dressed person in the room that you already are going to own? Make your party guests swoon over the thought of what you’re going to look like on the big day.
Brides wearing white to their wedding events is a fun way for them to stand out and feel extra special during their engagement. Now, I have to admit, one thing that I regret about my bridal showers is that I didn’t wear white. Looking back, it was for no reason other than my stupid insecurities of being afraid of looking bigger in photographs. Which is so stinkin’ stupid, y’all. Like, who cares?
Choosing a bridal shower outfit as a bride is actually quite simple if you decide to wear white. Not only does it cut down your options a lot based on what’s carried in the store. But, as a bride, you’re kind of expected to wear it anyways. If you don’t like the idea of wearing white like I didn’t, try wearing a floral or other neutral pattern that is predominately white instead.