Wedding season used to be over as soon as it hit the August bank holiday weekend, but in recent years it seems to have extended all the way to Christmas. Increasing cost, lack of availability and uncertainty about the British weather means more couples are opting to take their vows later in the year or skip the summer period altogether – and you really can’t blame them. We chose to get married in October not only because of the reduced cost, but because we knew the first few weeks were always surprisingly sunny – unlike the middle of August which is more likely to rain than it is to not, but still has such an eye-watering premium attached. Over the last few years we’ve had numerous weddings from September to December, but the high street really isn’t set up for this increasingly celebratory season; they seem to think wedding outfits cease on August 31st and Christmas party frocks are all we need from September onwards, but if you don’t want to rock up in a glittery ballgown then what do you do? Well if you’re worrying about what to wear to an autumn wedding, I’ve got you covered – because this look is effortless, seasonally appropriate and can be worn again and again.
During the spring-summer season you can pretty much wear anything to a wedding and get away with it; just accessorise with a cute pair of heels, clutch and a hair accessory and you’re ready to roll. But in the late summer or autumn season you need to take the cooler weather into consideration and still feel ‘wedding-y’ without looking out of place – which is where a dark floral dress comes in. It really is the answer to all your fashion event dilemmas, especially if you’re confused about what to wear to an autumn wedding.
I bought this M&S number (yes, I have a Marks & Sparks addiction!) last year for a family wedding, but it’s come out so many times since thanks to its versatility and classic shape. The dark background font mean you don’t feel like a fondant fancy three months late to the party, while the floral pattern and colour palette keep it light enough for wedding season; the shape is simple yet classic, flattering pretty much any shape while keeping your knees warm enough no matter the time of year. It’s no surprise they brought it back for 2018 with a slightly different cut.
The next step is to add a pop of colour or texture via a cute cover-up or jacket that can help keep you warm while looking super chic; rest it over your shoulders to look effortlessly put together in the day, wearing it like a jacket in the evening when it gets a bit chilly. My yellow jacket with 3/4 length sleeves is again last year’s Zara, but you can get tonnes of similar ones online – yellow is often seen as a spring tone, but with the right accessories it really can be worn all year round.
Talking of which, nude details really help to keep the focus on your dress while ensuring you look and feel the part. I’m wearing my old fave nude heels from Kurt Geiger that I can walk in all the way until dinner without a problem, my M&S nude fascinator (which literally goes with everything) and a Chanel-esque bag from Shein that’s big enough to pop in makeup so I can top up throughout the day. In my opinion you should let the dress and coat do the talking, and keep your accessories simple – especially in the colder months.
The final touch is undoubtedly a pop of colour on the lips, a curl in the hair and a spring in your step. Autumn weddings can be tricky to dress for, but if you stick to dark floral dresses and cute jackets you really can’t go wrong – and with so many amazing floral dresses available right now, it’s just another excuse to go shopping.
What would you what to wear to an autumn wedding?
SHOP THE LOOK
Marks & Spencer Floral Midi Dress | £65.00 | SIMILAR HERE
Zara Yellow Jacket | £40.00 | SIMILAR HERE
Marks & Spencer Nude Fascinator | £24.99 | SIMILAR HERE
Shein Quilted Bag | £14.99 | SIMILAR HERE
Kurt Geiger Nude Heels | £69.00 | SIMILAR HERE
SOME OF MY FAVOURITE WEDDING-APPROPRIATE FLORAL DRESSES