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What do you wear over a dress to a wedding?

(28 Posts)
ragz134 Tue 18-Apr-17 14:41:31

I haven't been to a proper church wedding before. DH will be in a suit, DS1+2 wearing shirts and chinos and DD a dress. I'll be in a dress, probably a patterned 50s style/swing knee length dress. Or a maxi dress.
I'm stuck with what to wear over the top? It will be September and it's wedding followed by food and dancing (ceilidh).
Also, the boys will need something over their shirts. I'm thinking a hoodie won't cut it... DD will be fine with a cardigan but I won't. A blazer?! Never owned one... I'm clueless!

user262728 Tue 18-Apr-17 14:42:56

I usually go for either a blazer or if you can't find one in the right colour/fit then I sometimes wear a pashmina/throw wrapped around the shoulders x

ragz134 Tue 18-Apr-17 14:51:29

I haven't decided on a dress yet, so outerwear options may impact on the decision. I have a strange urge to wear a fascinator, mostly because I like the word...

Lucked Tue 18-Apr-17 14:57:31

A little cashmere cardigan would be chic and you would get wear out of it.

But blazer is good too. New Look and Primark always have lots of colours.

ragz134 Tue 18-Apr-17 15:03:40

Blazers then. OK... I'll have a look.
What about for my sons. I have ordered dark blue shirts and light chinos for them, totally forgetting they need something over the top. Should I just have got them suits or is that OTT?

MorelloKisses Tue 18-Apr-17 17:24:49

Cute v neck jumpers?

ChocolateSherberts2017 Tue 18-Apr-17 18:52:56

My ds (6yrs) wears dark trousers, smart shirt and a waistcoat to weddings & formal occasions.

DD has a faux fur bolero type thing and I have a few pashmina shawls and bolero cardigans as cover ups.

Floorblob Tue 18-Apr-17 19:05:11

Smart dark colour cardigans for the boys - my son has a lot of them from Next and Zara (hand me downs!).
For you probably a blazer but it will depend on the dress.

Lucked Tue 18-Apr-17 20:11:12

It's September or so unlikely to be freezing, I would buy the boys v-neck navy jumpers, perhaps waistcoat or blazer if they would be in the wedding photos.

ragz134 Thu 20-Apr-17 20:06:54

Have just bought this dress (with Fascinator!) So would a blazer or bolero be best and what colour?

ragz134 Thu 20-Apr-17 20:12:03

Someone's going to tell me it's too white for a wedding, aren't they?

twinklehickorymoomoo Thu 20-Apr-17 20:14:08

Not too white at all. I would probably go with a navy shrug or bolero.

Frazzled2207 Thu 20-Apr-17 20:15:17

Def not too white. Quite wedding-y, but not at all bridal. Or bridesmaidy.

alabasterangel Thu 20-Apr-17 20:15:20

I'd put a nice, soft pashmina style wrap with that. Maybe in the hot pink colour? You can get use out of it afterwards too - wear it as a scarf.

alabasterangel Thu 20-Apr-17 20:16:27

Like this?

ragz134 Thu 20-Apr-17 20:30:18

Thanks Alabasterangel I wouldn't have thought of pink, but thought blue would be tricky to either match or not look too matched...
I'm now looking at suits for the DSs as I've realised how cute they will look in waistcoats and I only have a year or two left to get away with dressing them! I realised that I can just buy second hand ones on eBay and then resell them...

ragz134 Thu 20-Apr-17 20:32:51

Oh no, I now have to find shoes for my massively oversized feet. They can't be pointy heeled because of the flooring (it mentions this on the invitation). Or high, because I'm tall - and have to dance in them! White shoes? Blue shoes? Pink is a step too far...

WeeM Thu 20-Apr-17 20:33:50

I'd probably go with a black or pink bolero but tbh for weddings I usually end up with nothing and just being cold til I get inside! After stripping a couple of willows you'll have worked up a sweat wink

ragz134 Thu 20-Apr-17 20:37:59

I assumed some coverup for the church would be expected? Definitely will be too hot to wear layers when dancing. I do like to throw myself about. (Flats it is then!)

lazycrazyhazy Thu 20-Apr-17 23:16:23

This was on a thread this week OP. Yes it is polite to cover up in church. Traditionally shoulders should be covered. Generally the higher the church the more so. In a Roman Catholic Church in Italy there was no admittance to the wedding without shoulders covered. Lovely dress!

burnishedsilver Thu 20-Apr-17 23:27:54

The boys won't need anything over their shirts.

ragz134 Sat 22-Apr-17 17:20:09

Just picked up a gorgeous navy blazer with ribbon tie fastening that I am hoping will look good with it. Worried about mixing blues though. But I will be more comfortable in navy than pink.

Laquila Sat 22-Apr-17 17:57:03

Navy will be lovely wth that. About 80% of my wedding wardrobe (and I go to a LOT of weddings) is navy and it's very versatile. I have a very useful off-white blazer that I got in H&M - fitted and very slightly cropped, with a notch-neck collar.

fabulousathome Sat 22-Apr-17 17:59:32

You need some nice jewellery to go with your outfit OP. Something fairly delicate would look good.

Oldraver Sat 22-Apr-17 18:05:10

When I go to weddings I usually have a dressy pair of shoes, then a pair easy on the feet, usually ballet flats.. I had some cream lace ones last time

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