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Fall Destination Wedding Dress Guide

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You just opened a wedding invite and realized it’s a fall wedding and you have no idea what to wear? Deciding on a wedding dress for fall can feel incredibly daunting, especially if your destination is still in summer weather mode while the rest of the world is in pumpkin spice latte mode, but if you take our advice, we guarantee you will be the best dressed guest at your fall destination wedding.

What is trendy for Fall 2021?

Silky slip dresses have not lost their allure at all and will carry on into the fall 2021 wedding season! It’s a style of dress that looks good on all sizes from petite to plus size, can be glam or casual, and its versatility makes it easy to re-wear for any occasion. (Pumpkin) Spice it up with a one shoulder neckline or even a pattern!

What colors are in style this fall?

You will continue to see the usual jewel tones like emerald green and ruby red as well as rusty orange be wildly popular, but we predict shades of mustard will start popping up a lot more among wedding guests.

What do I wear during the transition from summer to fall?

This is a super common question, especially for destination weddings! Our number one tip for those pesky September and October transition months is to stick with light and breezy fabrics that are so classic for summer, but instead of a bright color or funky pattern, try something a little more fall like this dusty red and yellow floral dress or dark teal tie up midi dress.

Are florals okay?

Absolutely! Designers make floral work for all seasons, and it’s a great way to make a statement without having to put in too much thought! We recommend a larger floral print in some of the darker or jewel toned colors that are most popular in the fall.

How can I look cute on a budget?

We found some great options for you under $50! You should also consider checking secondhand marketplaces like Poshmark and Depop because they are flooded with wedding guest dresses only worn once. And bonus points for helping save the environment!

Can I wear a short dress?

If the dress code of the wedding allows for a short dress, then go for it! Short dresses are an especially great choice for beach weddings because you don’t have to worry about your dress dragging in the sand. It would be the perfect opportunity for a long-sleeved dress. Pair your dress with a statement shoe or jewelry to really stand out!

What if my destination is cold in the fall?

Lucky you! You get to start accessorizing with coats, fur, and maybe even gloves! For colder weddings, try out a heavier fabric like velvet or even a pantsuit to help keep you warm in addition to a long wrap coat. Channel 2021 Inauguration Day’s monochromatic looks to take it up a notch! And if you want to wear a short dress- pair it with tights and a pair of dressy booties for an elegant yet effortless look.

Mother of the Bride and Groom Dress

Moms deserve to feel cute too! 2021 has been the year of moms throwing out the stereotypical mother of the bride or groom dresses for something more modern and unique. Don’t feel pressured to buy a dress specifically marketed to mothers- buy what makes you feel beautiful!

As long as you are comfortable and confident in your fall wedding outfit, we’re sure you will have the best wedding season yet, but don’t forget to accessorize with a smile!

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