What to Wear To a Country Wedding

June 18, 2015 | By | Comments (5)

Wedding season is a year-round affair in the South. And because we know it’s often more than the main event, we teamed up with our friends at fashion rental site Rent the Runway to bring you a month of setting-specific looks to get you through an action-packed wedding weekend. This week, country weddings. 

We’re seeing barnyard nuptials popping up everywhere. While the event calls for more formal attire, the location says otherwise. We’ll meet you right in the middle with flowery prints, loose silhouettes, and feminine shapes.

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Photo courtesy of Rent the Runway

For the bridal brunch 
Go for: Sweet & Flowery
The dress: Although this is one dress, it appears as two separates cinching at the waist, accentuating the smallest part of your body. The casual style of the midi skirt gives this number a fresh look that brings the formality down. Cynthia Rowley Ashley Dress, $70

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For the rehearsal dinner
Go for: Country sweet
The dress: Most country weddings take place outdoors, and in the heat of the summer, a light dress is a must. This maxi provides all the right coverage without a heavy fabric weighing you down. The elegant sweeping silhouette balances out the sweetness of the butterfly print. Erin Fetherston Floral Flutter Maxi Dress, $85

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For the wedding
Go for: Classic with a fresh twist
The dress: The sateen fabric is dressy, while the soft pink and apricot print brings this classic shape right down to backyard wedding level. Since the tea-length hits you right at the calves, elongate legs with a pair of strappy flesh-colored heels. Cynthia Rowley Nilo Dress , $70

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The accessory: The pearly finish of this purse adds a traditional feminine touch to your weekend wardrobe. Franchi Kira Floral Minaudiere, $30 

Show off your wedding-day style using #SouthernWeddings, and follow @renttherunway on Instagram for more party-dressing ideas. 


  1. thenorlings@comcast.net

    RM. I love all the looks. Great !!!

    June 20, 2015 at 1:52 pm
  2. Su

    Please no heels! You are walking around in grass! Went to a country wedding. Slides, flip flops, sandles, yes cow boy/girl boots. Every fashion statement was there.

    June 19, 2015 at 10:32 pm
  3. Val

    LOVE!!!! Especially the last one.

    June 19, 2015 at 8:04 pm
  4. Becky

    Thank you so much for showing you don’t have to wear cowboy boots with a dress to a “country” wedding! I really do hate that look. These are pretty and appropriate even if the wedding’s in a hay field.

    June 19, 2015 at 7:58 pm
  5. J Han

    Way off base, SL! To a country wedding, like my nephew’s recent ceremony, where we gathered under a dolled-up equipment shed, and were driven to the ceremony in the log woods via tractors and wagons with custom seats, wear flirty skirts with cowboy boots. 3 of 4 females were so attired.

    June 19, 2015 at 4:23 pm

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