What to Wear to a Casual Fall Wedding

Dresses to wear to a casual fall wedding

Row 1: Red Dress “Mad Crushing on You”Dress by Theory at Rent the Runway // Orange Dress “Tuck it Away” Dress by Viktor + Rolf at Rent the Runway // Green Lace Cap Sleeve Dress by London Times on Amazon.com // Dark Green Dress by Ivy & Blue on Amazon

Row 2: Marigold Dress: Amber Orange  Issa Flippy Dress at Rent the Runway // Colorful Print Dress by Lela Rose at Rent the Runway // Cobalt Blue Pleated Neck Dress by Tahari at Nordstrom //Burgundy Asymmetrical Dress by Tadashi Shoji at Nordstrom

Dresses for Casual Fall Weddings

Hi, friends!  I hope you’re in the midst of enjoying your Labor Day holiday! This weekend starts the unofficial fall season, although I remain hopeful that summer will last until mid-September like it is supposed to!  If you’re looking ahead to a casual, daytime wedding in September, October, or November here are some dresses I’ve picked just for those events. I also plan to keep the shop section below updated with picks throughout the season!

If you’re hoping to take advantage of some of the Labor Day sales to add to your fall wardrobe, or looking for a way to get your bridesmaid or mother of the bride dresses on at a discount, I’ve included some shopping links from my affiliate partners below! If your next wedding invite asks for cocktail attire,  semi-formal attire, or formal black tie attire, check out the posts in those links, but also plan to check back soon, because I’ll be adding some new picks for those events.

Other casual dress brands I love:

These designers usually have great prices and dressy casual styles:

AGB / London Times / Ivy & Blue / Taylor Dresses // Maggy London


Labor Day Sales

As promised, here’s a quick peeks at some of the sales this weekend!

Anthropologie is offering an  EXTRA 20% OFF sale items. over 600 styles added!  Ends 9/1

Barney’s Warehouse Up to an extra 30% off select styles!

BaubleBar up to 50% off

Bluefly up to 50% through 9/2/14

LOFT up to 50% sale and new

Nordstrom is offering 40% off

J.Crew 40% off final sale and free shipping on orders over $100

Rent the Runway 30% off

Tory Burch 30% off

WeddingtonWay is offering 15% of bridesmaid dresses. Use code LABORDAY

Happy Shopping!



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Wedding Dresses by Kelly Faetanini Spring 2015

Wedding Dress Ula-back by Kelly Faetanini

Ula by Kelly Faetanini

Kelly Faetanini Spring 2015 Wedding Dresses

Brides-to-be in search of the perfect wedding dress may find themselves torn between  tulle ballgowns, and a sleek curve-hugging numbers. Well, this beautiful collection by Kelly Faetanini will allow brides to find bridal gowns that have elements of both styles beautifully combined with full trumpet skirts, long lace trains, and form-revealing bodices. Kelly Faetanini’s Spring 2015 Collection is a beautiful display of what I consider to be the hallmark of her style: classic wedding dress styles with contemporary fashion-forward details, and alluring lines.  These wedding gowns are very well-suited to the bride who wants a polished look, but with a bit of detail that catches the eye and makes the gown and–its wearer–stand apart. I hope you’ll delight in these gowns as much as I do!

Beautiful Wedding Dresses by Kelly Faetanini


Cordelia by Kelly Faetanini Designer Bridal Gown


Strapless Wedding Gown Delmare by Kelly Faetanini


Beaded Wedding Dress Evlin by Kelly Faetanini


Leeta by Kelly Faetanini


Beaded Wedding Dress


Strapless Trumpet Skirt Wedding Dress Narissa by Kelly Faetanini


Gorgeous Wedding Gown Neela by Kelly Faetanini


Wedding Dress with pockets Runa by Kelly Faetanini


Wedding Dress Talise by Kelly Faetanini


Wedding Dress Ula by Kelly Faetanini


Kelly Faetanini wedding dresses are available from fine bridal retailers. Please visit the store locator to find the boutique nearest you.

Other post to help you on your wedding dress search:

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Images are copyright and courtesy of Kelly Faetanini and may not be reproduced without permission.

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Satin One Shoulder Bridesmaid Dress

This pretty color, great one-shoulder neckline, and elegant stretch satin ( i.e. stretch that looks chic and tailored, not uncomfortably stretched!) made me look twice at this ladylike mauve dress for fall bridesmaids or wedding guests.

Satin one shoulder bridesmaid dress in mauve


Dress: J.Crew Arianna Dress in Stretch Satin  in Chocolate Mauve // Earrings:  Stone Drop Earrings by Liz Palacios //  Cuff:  //  Clutch: DVF Royal Leopard Clutch at Rent the Runway // Tie: John Varvatos U.S. A. Silk Stripe Tie in Cocoa // Sandals: Ceci Strappy Sandals at Sole Society

Mauve Bridesmaid Dress

Mauve is one of those colors that doesn’t get a lot of love, but when you see it on the right dress, it really is lovely! I didn’t see much of the Emmy Awards, but I did see a photo of Halle Berry, wearing a great color, and it reminded me of this color I spied last week at J.Crew. J.Crew calls this color Chocolate Mauve, and it’s somewhere between a dark taupe, and purple, with a little pinkish brown thrown in. It’s a hard color to describe, but I love it for fall dresses and bridesmaids!

This deep neutral shade plays so nicely with gray, copper, amethyst, gold so I tired to find accessories that allowed all of those colors to come through.  If you love pink or light neutrals, and are trying to figure out a way to use a richer version of those hues for a fall wedding, or you want a shade of brown that isn’t overly dark, I think this color would be my pick!


More shopping links: Satin One shoulder Bridesmaid Dress Styles at Weddington Way // J.Crew Bridesmaid Dresses// Mauve and Taupe Dresses at Weddington Way

Also see:

Mocha Bridesmaid Dress

Neutral Dresses

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Blue Lace Cocktail Dress for a September Wedding Guest

I took a cue from September’s sapphire birthstone when choosing the color for today’s wedding guest style post. This electric blue is between a vibrant sapphire and a royal blue, in one of the most classic fabrics: lace!  This will be the first a few ideas for what to wear to September and fall weddings, so I thought I’d start things off with a completely classic combination: an impeccable cocktail dress style, in a color that is both flattering and very wedding-friendly!

Royal Blue Lace Cocktail Dress

 Dress: Royal Blue Lace Dress by Betsy & Adam // Earrings: kate spade new york ‘sunrise cluster’ earrings //Bracelet: Pearl and Crystal Cluster Bracelet by Sabine //Clutch:  Jolene Clutch by Ted Baker London //Sandals: The “Nudist” Sandals in Blonde Satin ( or try pink!)  by Stuart Weitzman

Royal Blue Lace Dress

While you can certainly keep this look super classic with diamonds or pearls, I thought it was fun to add some colorful statement earrings, and a non-matching hot pink clutch.  This post also features my new favorite shoe – the slim ankle strap style (this pair by Stuart Weitzman is is called “The Nudist”, because they allow so much leg to show!) These heels not only elongate the leg, but also just adds a wisp of barely-there color, letting the dress stand out.  This sandal style comes in tons of shades, so you could also try a floral, or hot pink for fun contrast if you dare!  I hope this has given you some ideas for wedding attire for next month’s weddings, or at the very least has helped you find a beautiful royal blue dress!


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Evening Gowns and Enchanting Gardens

Prepare to be utterly entranced by this glamorous styled shoot by Betsy Hansen of Hundreds of Moments Photography, with evening gowns from Solutions Bridal Designer House, placed against the beautiful backdrop of Harmony Gardens.

Champagne lace gown | Hundreds of Moments Photography  see more:  http://dressforthewedding.com/


Evening Gowns and Enchanting Gardens

Fashion-seeking friends, I have such a treat for you today! You may have noticed that I don’t feature many styled shoots here on Dress for the Wedding, but it’s certainly not because I lack any love for them! When I saw this amazing shoot by Betsy Hansen of Hundreds of Moments Photography, filled with designer evening gowns set against lushly wooded garden paths, I knew I had to share it.

These exquisite evening gowns are from Solutions Bridal Designer House by Marchesa, Monique Lhuillier, and Theia. These are the designer names and dresses you’ll see me mention often for wedding guests, bridesmaids, and mothers. Isn’t it wonderful to see them in action and in such a glorious setting?

Of course, I was initially dazzled by the evening gowns and dresses,  and then I saw Rex the Pony! I love any shoot that features stunning gowns like these, and if there is an equine friend in the mix, then I’m even more thrilled! This collaboration by a talented team of Florida-based wedding vendors, reflects exactly the sort of styling inspiration I want to offer my readers. If you think evening gowns are just for ballrooms, this shoot will have you thinking differently!


Champagne lace dress from by Notte by Marchesa  | Available at Solutions Bridal Designer House | Photographed by Hundreds of Moments Photography

Champagne lace Notte by Marchesa gown Hundreds of Moments Photography

Red lace dress |  Photography by Hundreds of Moments Photography http://www.hundredsofmoments.com/

Red and neutral illusion dress | Photography by Betsy Hansen of Hundreds of Moments Photography http://www.hundredsofmoments.com/ See more at http://dressforthewedding.com/

Red evening gown back detail | Photography by Hundreds of Moments http://www.hundredsofmoments.com/ Dress by  http://solutionsbridal.com/

Red evening gown and sequin dress from Solutions Bridal Design House

Stunning red gown from Solutions Bridal Design House  Photography

A few words about the inspiration details from the shoot by Betsy Hansen from Hundreds of Moments Photography:

“This beautifully styled and enchanting shoot came together when Solutions Bridal Designer House requested to create something special with this season’s evening wear. Their desire to feature evening gowns in a shoot was spurred from their always shooting bridal gowns. They wanted to create something amazing, and I was up for the challenge!”

Red and black evening gowns by Solutions Bridal Design House

Black evening gown by http://solutionsbridal.com/ | Photography by Betsy Hansen of Hundreds of Moments

More from Betsy: “Solutions Bridal Evening Wear Specialist, Stephanie Nicholl, hand-selected the dresses from their collection. She sent images of the gowns to me prior to the shoot, and I knew they would be perfect! The bright reds and purples were just perfect to stand out against the green foliage in the gardens.”

Black lace dress from Solutions Bridal Designer House | Photographed by  Betsy Hansen of Hundreds of Moments Photography | See more: http://www.dressforthewedding.com/

Ballgowns and dresses from Solutions Bridal

More of Betsy’s behind-the-scenes details: “Harmony Gardens is a location in the small, Central Florida town of DeLeon Springs, Florida that I have previously photographed. I knew that the quiet garden was capable of giving us the type of mystical images I was hoping for, so I contacted the always bright and bubbly, Leah King, owner of the property. She was happy to accommodate our team and even helped us get a few shots in with her adorable pony, Rex!

Simone Rosas, owner of Makeover Station, is a hair and makeup professional that I have worked with for 8+ years. She is the most talented stylist I know who can beautifully craft bridal hair plus apply an amazing face of soft and elegant makeup. I was so excited to have her on this shoot.

BMG Models is an agency that I work with often. They are always up for providing stunning models for styled shoots. Lauren Ensley, a newbie to BMG, and Mariah Vos were our two beautiful girls who wore the designer gowns.

I can’t stop looking at these amazing images, and I am proud to have produced them. My heart and soul was put into each shot. I even ended up lying on the ground, sitting in brush and tromping through some woods for a few shots.”

From the glamorous results, I’d say Betsy’s efforts were well worth it!

I hope you’ve loved one of Dress for the Wedding’s first forays into sharing styled shoots.I think you’ll agree, we have started things off with style!

Photography: Betsy Hansen with Hundreds of Moments Photography LLC  // Evening gowns provided by  Solutions Bridal Designer House   styled by Stephanie Nicoll (Details: Champagne lace gown, neutral and red embroidered dress, red one shoulder evening gown, and black lace cocktail dress are all by Notte by Marchesa;  Gold sequined cocktail dress, black sequin gown, and black and purple ballgown all by Theia Couture) Red draped back dress: ML by Monique Lhuillier  // Talent: BMG Models Lauren Ensley and Mariah Vos // Hair and Makeup: Simone Rosas with Makeover Station // Location: Harmony Gardens Tropical Wedding Garden, DeLeon Springs, FL // Rex the Pony: In care of Harmony Gardens Tropical Wedding Garden 

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