What do I wear to a 2 p.m. nontraditional wedding? As the matron of honor, I need to know the matron of honor wedding dress code? There are no bridesmaids. I’m the only other woman in the bridal party and the bride is wearing light green????
–Anonymous, Dallas, TX
It may be every matron of honor’s dream come true to be able to choose her own dress. How considerate of the bride to encourage you to wear a style and color that flatters you personally — a dress that you will actually wear again.
Assuming, from what you say, that the bride is wearing a pastel green dress, find a dress in the same tone, probably a blue, yellow or nude.
Traditionally, of course you could go with the “green and pink” combo, but since this is a nontraditional wedding you should not. Because the bride hasn’t dictated a matron of honor dress code you are free to be somewhat adventurous.
That said. Look on the invitation for a dress code. If the dress code is ‘Black Tie’ or ‘Formal Attire,’ wear a long dress, so that the length of your dress will be similar to that of her bridal gown
When there is no dress code, go by the dress code ‘Suits and Dresses,’ which means you would wear a fabulous knee-length cocktail dress, jump suit, or pantsuit. However, you don’t want your dress to be too short, because when you’re on a stage giving a toast you don’t want the audience to see right up your dress. No fooling.
Ask the bride to tell you more about her dress. You don’t want to wear a long dress if she is wearing a short dress. Since it is an early afternoon ceremony, you wouldn’t wear a long dress even if her dress is floor length (unless the dress code is formal attire) .
Your dress should have a sleeve, if her dress is not sleeveless. Likewise, if it is not strapless, yours shouldn’t be either.
Color this season is perfectly balanced with the vivid colors expressing excitement and spirit and the calming colors suggesting stability.
If by chance, the bride’s dress is one of the green tones here below, then any of the colors rain-bowing out from it should work well with the bride’s light green wedding dress.
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