Style etiquette for female wedding guests

Hello friends!
BethanimalPrint had a makeover! I was already sick of the old design so, I spent my Friday night making it look like this! Let me know what you think in the comments below.

In other news, 
I had the opportunity to write a post for my friend Ashley of Oh Wells Instead Of What Ifs this week. I met her about 10 years ago during sorority rush back when gMail was still invite only and I ate whatever I wanted without gaining a pound. Ashley has been at this blogging thing for over 2 years now and is one of those girls who really was just born with glitter in her veins – her blog is all the proof we need. 

With so many of my friends getting married and attending weddings this year, I just had to share my guest post with you all!


Planning a wedding is no easy task. For the better part of a year, a bride-to-be (BTB) will tend to menial tasks like booking travel for third cousins, choosing in-season organically grown flowers and silently weeping over seating arrangements.

Luckily, unlike the BTB, your most daunting task is finding something to wear. Your outfit can pay your respects or silently communicate that you are a selfish heathen that should never leave her cage. If you prefer to pay tribute like a lady, use these helpful rules on wedding guest style etiquette:

1. Do review the wedding invitation for guidelines as to the formality of the affair. While it is obvious you should never attend a wedding in a crop top, you wouldn’t want to be at a black tie affair in a sundress. Ask someone close to the bride if there is no indication of dress code in the invitation.


2. Do not be too trendy. The couple is likely to keep these pictures forever. You don’t want to be tortured by your past (anymore than you already are) because denim skirts are momentarily β€œin.”

3. Do not show guests how loose your morals are with your clingy clothing. Single men at weddings are going to pay attention to you even if your toned abs are not glaringly obvious from 25 yards away. A better way to get his attention is to offer to get him a drink.

4. Do not wear white. Every time you see a white dress you like, buy it. Wear that thing to YOUR engagement party, engagement photo shoot, bachelorette party, bridal shower. Luckily, the light spectrum invented colors like emerald and blue that look good on every tramp out there. Double lucky, merchandise in these hues will slap you in the face (in a good way) before you can even park at the mall.

5. Do wear lipstick. Lipstick allows you to distinguish which glass of wine is yours, can make your teeth look whiter if selected properly and allow you to get away with less eye makeup.

6. Do not pile on the eye makeup. You will cry and then look like an idiot with mascara running down your face.

7. If you are not masochistic enough to dance for hours in high-heels, do bring a sophisticated pair of flats to change into. NOT Flip-flops which are kind of gross and will definitely make your well-planned ensemble look cheap. Black ballet flats are a great staple to have.

Dress: Milly (similar on sale here); shoes: Tory Burch and old Paolo slingbacks; bracelets: J.Crew; bag: Kate Spade

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  • Rebecca Kurzweil

    Love the new look – super sharp! I love that ensemble as well. I should start an anti-fashion blog about my sweats. Ha! (Kidding. But only kind of. I love fashion but I tend to put on the EXACT SAME PAIR of boots EVERY DAY. over and over. the end πŸ™‚

    • Bethann Wagner

      I would read an anti-fashion blog for sure. I respect you for this!

  • Niki Caron

    That dress is adorable – I love it! And this is a fabulous post!

    • Bethann Wagner

      Thank you, girl!

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  • AshleyWest

    The dress which is shown in you post bethann. Looking forward for more post from your side. I am looking some post and new ideas on crop tops. just like this