Wedding Month

What to Wear to a Destination Wedding

No matter where you’re heading, we’ve got options.

By: Laurel Pantin

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There’s a particular brand of panic that comes along with being invited to a destination wedding. Round one involves panic over the cost of flights and hotels. Once that’s subsided, the worry over how many people you’ll actually know there—is it enough to make for a full weekend of hangs? Then, finally, what to pack! Destination weddings are so much more fun to dress for than regular ones, and are certainly an excuse to get a little fancier than you might normally do.

But still! What to wear! Fret not—below is a handy guide for how to dress and what to bring no matter where you’re heading.

 

City 

City weddings call for all-out glamour. You have permission to go a little more fashion-forward than you might normally do. Opt for something sparkly, metallic, or sheer—or just something insanely short but made entirely out of ruffles. Whatever your fashion guilty pleasure may be, now’s the time to indulge it. Basically, wear whatever you want, as long as it’s not white.

 

Beach

Sure, you could take the easy way out and wear something floral, tropical, or predictably “beachy,” or you could go for something bright but solid-colored, structured, and even slightly geometric. You’ll stand out from the clichéd boho-beach look but still look drop-dead gorgeous. Just avoid anything floor-length, and do not—we repeat, do not—wear stilettos in the sand!

 

Mountains

Unless you’re going to have to physically climb said mountain, there’s no reason to go overtly woodsy here. We love the idea of embracing a cozy kind of glamour—lots of reds and burgundys, velvets, and lace trim.

 

Country

Country or vineyard weddings are tricky. On the one hand, you want to look fun and wedding-appropriate. On the other, it’s the country! It’s relaxed! In the age of Pinterest, the odds are high that you’ll end up drinking something out of a mason jar at some point in the evening, and you don’t want to do it in a floor-length gown (or maybe you do, in which case, we salute you). We recommend something short and fun, with subtle interesting details, like a crystal heel, embroidered bag, or contrast lace dress.

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