Warmer days and lighter nights are on the way, and with them come cherry blossoms, picnics in the park and the wedding season. While it's always a joy to celebrate the love of people you care about, finding something suitable to wear can cause a headache or two. Our wedding guide has everything you need to be the best-dressed guest wherever, and whenever, the nuptials.
The Country Wedding
Tumbledown village churches and Pimm’s on the lawn, it doesn't get more traditional than an English country wedding. Take your style cue from the setting and opt for floaty tea dresses, natural hues and floral patterns. If you're looking for colour inspiration, pink of every shade was big on the spring/summer 2017 catwalks and a dusky rose looks great against the warm stone and green fields of the British countryside.
But remember, old churches can be chilly even in summer, so take a pashmina to drape over your arms and shoulders during the ceremony. When it comes to footwear, a wedge heel should be your shoe of choice – they're comfortable to wear and won't sink into the grass during photos.
The Evening Wedding
An evening wedding can mean a more stringent dress code – check the invite to see if there are any formal black tie or white tie stipulations – but this is the perfect excuse to have fun with your outfit. Floor-skimming evening dresses should be your base; if you choose an embroidered gown keep your accessories simple. If your dress is a plain block colour, you can go to town on the extras. Sequinned clutches and drop earrings will elevate your look – think the Oscars – and as you don't have to wear them all day, you can definitely opt for a higher heel. Hats or fascinators look out of place in the evening, so instead play around with elegant updos, glamorous curls, jewelled combs and hair accessories. For a spring/summer 2017 take on the floor-length gown, choose something with a transparent tulle layer, as seen at Dries Van Noten.
The City Wedding
Smart hotels and cocktail bars, city nuptials allow you to experiment with sharp tailoring and fashion-forward looks. Power dressing is big this season with structured shoulders and nipped-in waists a common silhouette on the spring/summer 2017 catwalks. A tailored trouser suit will give you a fresh modern look, and matching separates are an updated alternative to a dress. An added bonus with separates and suiting is it's much easier to create different outfits using the individual pieces and integrate them into your everyday wardrobe after wedding season has ended. If the thought of towering heels fills you with dread, you'll be pleased to hear that the kitten heel is back, with many brands championing the elegant alternative to skyscraper stilettos.
The Beach Wedding
The dress code for an overseas wedding may be slightly more casual but you still want to look as though you've made an effort. Leave tight clothes at home – they'll be uncomfortably warm in the heat – and avoid man-made fabrics and colours that will show up perspiration. Instead, choose something cool and floaty – natural fabrics such as linen are perfect and it doesn't matter if they get creased in your suitcase – and maxi-dresses are an elegant choice. Don't forget the accessories – sunglasses and a sophisticated sunhat will ensure you can see the ceremony without squinting, and if the temperature's rising, pack a fan in your clutch to keep you cool. Feet can swell in hot weather, so give them room to breathe in jewelled flat sandals or a low raffia wedge, not only will they look great, they're also suitable for walking across sand too. A word of warning, while wearing all white may be a chic, hot weather look, you shouldn’t ever draw attention away from the bride, so either check with her first if it is acceptable or avoid the palest shades entirely to be on the safe side.