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Intimate Weddings: What to Wear Alternatives

So, COVID struck and forced your hand. You made the heart wrenching decision to transform your original wedding into an intimate celebration of your closest family and friends, and postponed the reception to sometime next year, hoping this pesky pandemic is far behind us. You sent out the notices, updated your website, and started planning the pivot. 

And then you realize….

Wait, what am I going to WEAR!?

Some brides are choosing to don their beloved wedding gown to all of their events, no matter the circumstances. Besides, you probably paid a lot of money for that beautiful dress!

Others are opting to save the “jaw dropper” for the big reception, and choosing a simpler silhouette for their intimate affair. No matter what you decide, we promise, your day(s) are going to be perfectly YOU, and you’ll look smashing regardless. But just in case you’re looking for some inspiration, our team’s Personal Stylist, Renee, has you covered with some “What to Wear Alternatives” in today’s post! 

Her biggest advice?  “Keep it simple yet classy, relaxed but sophisticated, and always timeless but personal to you and your style.”

OPTION ONE: A Chic Jumpsuit

Nothing is more tasteful (or more on trend!) than an elegant white  jumpsuit! Take this look from intimate ceremony to an al fresco dinner celebration under the stars. We suggest keeping it simple with the clean lines of the asymmetrical option from Adrianna Papell. Pair this with a white espadrille for a more informal look or a lacy heel to dress it up a notch. 

Adrianna Papell Asymmetrical Jumpsuit
Where to buy: Zola

OPTION TWO: A Simple Sheath

You can’t go wrong with a timeless white dress! This is all you’ll find at Park & Fifth, so opting for any of their selections will always be the right move. Go with a flowier look for a micro wedding with close family and friends, or add a touch of ruffles for a backyard party overlooking the lake. Either way, keep your accessories effortless with a delicate gold bangle or diamond stud earrings. 

La Brea Dress + Singer Dress
Where to buy: Park & Fifth

OPTION THREE: Keep It Separated

This is one look that is definitely not going away! Bridal boutiques are adding separates to their racks and brands like BHLDN have a great selection of mix & match options. Go with a textured fabric for an upscale bohemian vibe or a simple solid for a more classic option. Mix it up with a textured top and tulle skirt for a fun and flirty look. The great thing about separates is you can always wear them again, too! Try pairing the top with a pair of high waisted jeans for a fun (and memorable!) date night out.

Tadashi Shoji Campbell Top + Skirt
Where to buy: BHLDN

OPTION FOUR: Shorten It Up

Wear this easy look for a courthouse elopement. The crisp lines will photograph well in front of a historic building and easily transfer to dinner and drinks on the rooftop. Add a pop of color with a fun heel or bold earrings. Keep your hair long and wavy for a more casual look or wear it in a low bun to dress it up. 

High Neck midi dress with lace up back
Where to buy: ASOS

OPTION FIVE: Dare to be Bold!

Just because it’s your (more intimate) wedding day doesn’t mean you HAVE TO wear white! Maybe you kept your showstopper gown more traditional to make grandma happy, but were always secretly wanting to wear something with a bit more pizzazz. Well, now’s your chance to do BOTH, and WOW at the same time!

Pleated Lila Dress by Solace London
Where to rent: Rent the Runway

No matter which route you choose to go, I know you’ll look smashing, darling!