Wedding Style Guide: What to Wear When You're the Bride

You said yes to the ring, now it’s time to get this party started!

Start your journey down the aisle with a surplus of wedding inspiration from Connected Apparel and watch your big day come to life before your eyes!

Terri is wearing the Gracie dress. Available for purchase starting March 1, 2022.

Newly engaged? Congratulations! The wedding-related events are only just beginning — and may even start soon after you’ve said ‘yes!’ No matter how or where you’re celebrating your bride-to-be status, an outfit worthy of the guest of honor (YOU, of course!) is obviously in order — and we’ve got ideas for what to wear to every bridal and wedding event leading up to the big day.


Weddings aren’t just “the big day” anymore — they’re weekend-long affairs with welcome drinks, rehearsal dinners, day-of activities and farewell brunches. Even celebrations that don’t require a plane ticket are packed with festivities.


You already know you need that white dress, but what about all the other outfits for the weekend? The team at Connected Apparel is here to help you navigate through all of the wedding festivities and find the perfect bridal dress or jumpsuit under $100! This is your moment to shine, so throw out the rulebook and have some fun!


A few tips to consider when choosing bridal attire and a wedding dress

Every bride wants to find the perfect bridal attire and wedding dress that makes her feel beautiful. Take some things into consideration when choosing a bridal style to narrow the options. This allows you to find the right outfits for you with the least fuss and bother.

1. Start with a budget!

Before choosing a bridal outfit or wedding dress, set your budget. You need to know how much you can afford to spend, including alterations and accessories. The best thing about bridal dresses and jumpsuits from Connected Apparel is that they’re all under $100! Talk about a steal! 

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2. Consider the event's location.

Location matters. For a beach wedding, you don’t want anything too formal or with a long train. If you’re celebrating at a fancy restaurant or hotel, you can opt for something more elegant.

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3. Consider the event’s time of day.

Opt for dressy casual attire for events held during the day and cocktail attire for events held during the evening and into the night. 

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4. Consider the season the event is going to be held in.

If the bridal or wedding event is being held in Spring, you can opt for shorter, lighter dresses. If the event is being held in the Winter, you might want to consider some coat or outerwear options.

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5. Shop for your bridal outfits early.

Don’t leave choosing outfits to the last minute. It can take months to choose the perfect dress for the big event and all the other events surrounding the big day! Also, don’t forget to consider the amount of time it will take to have alterations completed. 

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6. Choose styles that flatter your body type.

Determine what body shape you have and opt for styles that complement your body shape. For example, pear-shaped brides do well with styles that draw attention to their upper body while rectangular-shaped brides should look for styles that help create definition at their waists. 

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7. Don’t forget to take comfort into account.

No matter how beautiful a dress looks on you, you won’t be happy if you’re uncomfortable. Pick a bridal style or wedding dress that is both comfortable and flattering.


Olivia (left) is wearing the Turner dress and Jordan (right) is wearing the Tina dress, available for purchase starting March 1, 2022.

Whether you’re working with specific styles, a certain color palette, or going off-book with something entirely unique, you set the tone and call the shots! Keep reading for more! 


What to Wear for Your Engagement Party

Let's raise a toast to your engagement — and to looking amazing at your engagement party!

The engagement party is all about celebrating the important event with friends and family, so you should be feeling great! Typically, brides wear cream or white dresses that are shorter than the traditionally full-length wedding dress. Most engagement parties have a cocktail dress code, which requires knee-length or shorter dresses and high heels.


That said, you set the rules and the dress code, so wear whatever you're most comfortable wearing! Everyone will be looking at your engagement ring so use a less-is-more approach to accessorizing and have a bit more fun with your dress option.

The Tina cowl neck dress that will have you feeling comfortable and confident no matter the occasion.


What to Wear for Your Bridal Shower

​​A shower with friends and family calls for a look that's casual but polished — think modern jumpsuits and midi dresses.

Your bridal shower is one of the many opportunities you'll have to celebrate your nuptials with family and friends — and as with any wedding-related event, you'll need a killer outfit to make the day that much more fabulous.


Whether you opt for a white jumpsuit with ruffles or a romantic over-the-knee dress with a flounce, your bridal shower outfits should feel like an extension of your personal style. The time of day can also influence what you wear. A daytime bridal shower look can be more casual if that fits your style and venue, while an evening event should be more formal.


Don’t forget that accessories can easily elevate your bridal shower outfit, too. Upgrade your look with statement earrings, a trendy headband or colorful heels. You can also play with color if you'd rather wear something unexpected. Ultimately, your bridal shower outfit should make you feel like a polished version of yourself.

The Sunny 2.0 ivory jumpsuit includes a v-neck chiffon capelet flounce and straight leg pants that feel both figure flattering and elongating.


What to Wear for Your Bachelorette Party

A good ‘ol fashion bachelorette party starts with a cute white dress marked for the occasion!

Prepping for your bachelorette festivities depends completely on where you're going and what you'll be doing once you get there. If you're celebrating beachside, have stylish swimsuits, sandals and cover-ups on hand. For a weekend in Vegas, party dresses and stand-out accessories are a must.


Your outfit at the bachelorette party depends on whether it’ll be a daytime or nighttime event. For a casual daytime look, choose charming tailored dresses, like a lace sheath, or an elegant white cocktail dress. If you’re planning a night on the town, you can get more creative. A fitted shimmery white dress will give you a sweet, charming look.

The Tina white pearl dress is fully lined and glides over the body with ease providing chic comfortability. Available for purchase starting March 1, 2022. 


What to Wear for Your Bridal (or Bridesmaids’) Luncheon

If you’re opting to host a bridal luncheon for your bridesmaids, you can choose to keep the wedding theme going by choosing a crisp white dress.

Also known as a bridesmaids’ luncheon, a bridal luncheon is an optional daytime celebration for the bride and her attendants (bridesmaids and flower girls). The event is often treated as an opportunity for the bride to thank her bridesmaids for their hard work and support over the course of the wedding planning process.


Whether it's a brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, or even a trip to the salon with champagne, bridal luncheons are usually feminine and low key. Opt for a crisp white dress donned with fun, bright accessories or choose to to coordinate with your luncheon’s theme. Whatever you choose, you should feel comfortable celebrating with your leading ladies.

The Elsa white midi dress includes an attached floral print capelet that will have you looking put together in an instant.


What to Wear for Your Rehearsal Dinner

Traditionally, the bride-to-be wears white to the rehearsal dinner.

The rehearsal dinner serves as the formal kick-off to your wedding festivities, where your loved ones begin to gather to celebrate you and your fiancé — meaning you'll need a fabulous outfit for the occasion!


Traditionally, the bride-to-be wears white to the rehearsal dinner. It can be a fun nod to the dress you'll be wearing the next day, or you can don something with a bit more personality. A chic white cocktail dress will make you stand out among your guests. Add in fun accessories like embellished heels or rock a bold lip for a pop of color. Whether your style is simply classic or trendy and bold, your rehearsal dinner attire should be a reflection of your personal style.

The Gracie white sequin lace dress is classic, feminine, sparkly, and cut to a sexy but comfortable knee length. Available for purchase starting March 1, 2022. 


What to Wear for Your Welcome Party

Rule of thumb: Choose an outfit a little less formal than your wedding look.

A welcome party is a fun pre-wedding event that can take many forms. It serves as the initial opportunity to greet, and obviously welcome, guests for the wedding celebrations to follow. While the welcome festivities can replace a traditional rehearsal dinner or be added to the end of one, it may also be its own distinct event, taking place on a different day entirely. For example, you might hold a rehearsal dinner for only family and the bridal party on a Thursday night, with the welcome party following on Friday and the actual wedding taking place on Saturday.


The event might be a chic, simple gathering with cocktails and/or dessert or a more interactive affair. With so many options to mix and match, welcome parties have become a wedding itinerary mainstay. Opt for a style that you’re comfortable in and add fun accessories to show off your personal style.

The Elsa white dress includes an all white capelet elevates the exquisitely soft A-line stretch crepe scuba dress.


What to Wear for Your Wedding Ceremony

Our top 3 choices for alternative wedding styles for different types of ceremonies under $100!

Choosing your wedding dress is not a simple choice. For some women, they’ve been dreaming about their wedding dress since they were a kid. For others, heading out to find the perfect wedding dress is one of the first things on their to-do list after getting engaged. Whatever dress you choose, make sure that it makes you feel beautiful, chic and comfortable!


Here are our top 3 choices for wedding styles under $100:

Semi-Formal Ceremony

The Stevie ivory sequin lace dress glides over the body and the slit on the sleeves add flair and movement. 

Simple ceremony

The Turner pearl white dress is an automatic showstopper that allows you to move freely with ease.

Courthouse ceremony

The Sheryl ivory jumpsuit is classic, chic, and comfortable with long chiffon sleeves and gold chain belt.


What to Wear for Your Wedding Reception

Dance the night away in a chic and comfortable ‘second look!’

A reception dress is often referred to as a 'second look' and is an outfit some brides choose to change into after their ceremony. This is a good opportunity to change into something more comfortable.


For the minimalist bride who covets clean lines and sleek silhouettes, a simple and chic slip dress never disappoints. A summer bride will appreciate a quick change into a mini dress made from light and airy fabrics like linen or cotton. If you're headed to City Hall for your nuptials, modern jumpsuits and structured sets are the perfect complement to any courthouse wedding. And lastly, for the bold bride looking to make a statement, accessorize a crisp white palette with fun accessories that pop!

The Sara ivory jumpsuit is a timeless staple featuring a chiffon crossbody ruffle that adds dimension and movement.

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What to Wear for Your Farewell Brunch

A post-wedding brunch is the perfect way to unwind and continue the celebration.

This is not an occasion to be underestimated because it is the first one in your married life. In essence, your marriage begins at your post-wedding brunch.


Slip into something comfortable and cute, like a maxi dress or slip dress, and ditch your heels for flats. An easy, casual dress with flirty ruffles and pretty print creates a sensation of charming femininity. Comfort is of paramount importance after a night of dancing and celebrating. So, a restrictive outfit is the last thing you'll need. A loose waist is your best friend if you overindulged in sweets, alcohol, or fatty foods the night before. On a related note, choose chic flats for brunch over high heels. The latter may be part of a classic wedding outfit, but your feet will probably be aching.

The Kennedy white dress is refined sophistication. Walk into your next wedding event and leave with a purse full of compliments.

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This is your time to shine! 

This is your big day and the most important thing is that you are happy, comfortable and confident in the bridal styles you decide to wear. 

Lene is wearing the Sunny jumpsuit.

Whatever events you have planned leading up to the big day, choose styles that make you feel comfortable and confident. Don’t feel like you have to rush in order to pick outfits for this momentous event. Take your time and make sure all of the pieces make you happy.


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