What to Wear to a Fall Wedding

Hey y’all! I am a bit behind on shooting fall content for the blog due to the craziness of the past week. And to be honest, it hasn’t felt much like fall weather. However, I attended a friend’s wedding a little over a week ago and got multiple compliments on my dress. So I want to share this outfit to give y’all some inspiration on what to wear to a fall wedding.

What to wear to a fall wedding

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Fall Weddings

Summer is most commonly known as “wedding season,” at least here in the South. However, a decent number of people still choose to have their wedding in the fall, despite knowing that some guests might opt out of coming if it interferes with an important college football game. Us Southerners take our college football very seriously. In fact, in the book Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer, author Warren St. John cites a couple who missed their daughter’s wedding because it fell the same day as the Alabama-Tennessee game. Now that’s taking things a bit extreme, even for a rabid football fan like me! I would never plan my own wedding for the fall, but if I miss watching an important Clemson game to attend your wedding, you know I love you!

What to Wear to a Fall Wedding: The Dilemma

Anyways, football season aside, it can be a little harder to decide what to wear to a fall wedding. One of my go-to dresses for a summer wedding is seersucker, so that is out of contention post-Labor Day. In fact, most of my dresses that I would consider appropriate to wear to a wedding are summery. And if it’s an afternoon or more casual wedding, I don’t really want to pull out one of my cocktail dresses.  Also, if it’s an early fall wedding in the South, there’s the issue of finding something that is seasonally appropriate but not too hat. I have some transitional dresses for early fall that I love (like this one), but I feel they are too casual even for a laidback afternoon wedding.

What to Wear to a Fall Wedding: The Solution

What to wear to a fall wedding

This orange printed shift dress that I bought at Banana Republic Factory over eight years ago was the perfect solution to wear to a wedding the weekend after Labor Day! The silhouette is very classic, and the orange print is perfect for fall. (And to show some Clemson spirit-luckily it was an afternoon wedding and their game was at night that day!) I’m seriously so impressed with how well this particular dress has held up over the years. I’ve definitely gotten my money’s worth from it.

Since I bought this particular dress over eight years ago, here are a few options for currently available dresses that would be perfect to wear if you have a wedding to attend this fall. (Note that dresses from J.Crew Factory are 40% off with code “QUICK” through September 18.)

J.Crew Factory One-Shoulder Cotton Poplin Dress
J.Crew Factory Short-Sleeve Tie Dress
J.Crew Factory Three-Quarter Sleeve Lace Shift Dress (This one is great for when it cools down a bit)
LOFT Button Pocket Flounce Dress
LOFT Striped Cutout Back Flare Dress
Banana Republic Lace-Trim Shift Dress
Banana Republic Drape Back Dress
Banana Republic Stretch Racerback Fit-and-Flare Dress
Target Melonie T Lace Bell Sleeve Dress
Draper James Love Circle Dress

Outfit Details Round-Up

Here’s another look at how I styled my faithful Banana Republic Factory dress. Sidenote: I actually caught the bouquet at the wedding. Considering I caught my cousin’s bouquet almost seven years ago and I’m still waiting for it to work, it’s hard for me to take the meaning of this tradition too seriously. Nevertheless, it’s still fun and exciting to catch the bouquet!

Catching the Bouquet at a Wedding

What to Wear to a Fall Wedding

What to Wear to a Fall Wedding

Dress: Banana Republic Factory  //  Necklace: Kendra Scott  //  Earrings: Kendra Scott  //
Watch: Michael Kors (similar)  //  Shoes: Jack Rogers

Hope that y’all enjoyed this post and that it provided some inspiration if you’re stuck on what to wear to a fall wedding. Do you have any weddings to attend this fall? If so, have you decided what you’re wearing yet? Let me know in the comments!

Also, hope everyone who was in the path of Hurricane Florence stayed safe and dry throughout the weekend. We were fortunate here in the central part of the state, but did get some flash flooding with heavy rains this morning. My place is on higher ground and completely fine, but some areas not that far from me got flooded. Pink Pearl, the locally-owned Lilly signature store in Chapel Hill, flooded. My heart goes out to the owner and the loss of income they will experience from this as a small business owner. Continue to pray for North Carolina! Almost every part of the state experienced some type of impact.

-xoxo Liz

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  1. Annaliese wrote:

    I think I would rather have my wedding someday in other seasons as well, but fall weddings can be beautiful for sure! I just bought a couple new cocktail dresses for fall/winter since I realized most of the formal wear in my closet is better suited for spring and summer. 🙂

    So glad your home was okay in Florence- but so sad to hear about the Lilly store- I saw that on Instagram!

    xoxo A

    Posted 9.18.18 Reply
    • Liz wrote:

      Thanks Annaliese! Fall weddings definitely can be pretty! Will look forward to seeing how you style your new cocktail dresses!

      Posted 9.18.18 Reply
  2. Love this pretty dress! The color is so perfect for fall!!

    xo, Hillary | hillheady.com

    Posted 9.19.18 Reply
  3. Dressing for fall wedding can be tough! I usually always go for a fall floral too!

    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl

    Posted 9.19.18 Reply