Getting Ready For A Formal Wedding

Wedding season is in full swing isn’t it ladies, and that means formal frocks at the ready.
The Italian wedding of a family member i’m attending is fast approaching (mid July) and I have pondered long and hard as to what to wear, (because this is me, and lets face it, when am i not thinking about clothes in some capacity), what accessories: to hat or fascinator and how I’m going to do my hair and what makeup.
I thought I’d share my thought process on getting ready for weddings as its something that i think we all put a lot of thought in to when they come around. We wanted to look our best and sometimes it can be a little overwhelming. So hopefully these simple steps and tidbits of advice will show the only things that you need to be doing to be immaculately wedding guest ready.
First up

The Dress

For me Coast Dresses are always perfect wedding attire.. you simply can’t go wrong in a Coast dress. Whether you’re mother, cousin, sister or friend a timeless classic cut and modern design will see you right. I have scoured the internet and whiled away many an hour looking for suitable wedding guest dresses, but i always, always come back to Coast. They just work and have a whole designated heading for Weddings on their website, they really are pro’s at wedding guest dressing and if you’re in need of a special little number, well you can pretty much guarantee you’ll find one here.


Oh my word they have so many resplendent dresses i could barely choose just a few.
My favourite quite possibly being the first red patterned one, its just so different!
All available at Coast

With your dress finally sorted, its time to move on to


To hat or not to hat? Or to half hat with a fascinator?


Now I know a lot of ladies who really don’t feel comfortable in a hat, deeming it too ostentatious, uncomfortable, and out of their comfort zone. My advice would be to try a few, Yes you will feel a bit silly to begin with but once you have found a style that fits your head and face shape well, you can really start to work the trend.
Also in regards to it being out of the comfort zone, are weddings ever really in a comfort zone? I mean comfy to me implies my pj’s and a big old bag of popcorn with my ass safely on my sofa. Weddings are that one time where you get to go all out and enjoy, and be a part of the splendour, so why not try it? I love to wear a fascinator, it just instantly makes me feel wedding ready.
Another tip would be to start smaller, with a hair clip or a small fascinator (like on the left) that can be discreet and also easy to manage.
I often will wear mine for the ceremony and photos, sometimes even the wedding breakfast and then take it off for the evening, give my hair a quick shcujj and feel freshly made for the evening events… Which leads me perfectly on to…


Hair up, hair down, half and half,curly or straight or even a bit wavy… choices choices.
The thing with hair is to make sure you feel you. I would never leave it to the day to try a complicated fishtail braid as its really not something i usually do. Go with a tried and tested style that you know will last the day through and still look great by the time you kick your shoes off at midnight.
I love a low bun, which works brilliantly for a a hair clip or fascinator to be added, and as the day goes on and it gets slightly messier, it still will look great in an un-done sexy dishevelled way;)

My second is curly.. Always my go to.  By using the Babyliss wand i take small sections and  curl the whole head of hair. I then liberally spray it with setting spray (my absolute favourite is by The Bardou as it smells incredible, keeps fuzz away in humidity and holds all day without feeling crunchy) and leave to set for 10 minutes. After 10 i take bristle brush to it and brush through to stop it looking poodle and more soft siren waves.
The waves last me all day and even in to the next day. I like the look of softer hair with a smart dress too, it adds a bit of contrast and saves the look from appearing over polished (altough some people rock that too.. i could never as i’m too clumsy to be polished.. exhibit a: below.. on the dress is a lipstick stain from where i banged my glass of vino against myself in excitement… none of the grace, but at least my hair and fascinator look nice;)

And lastly


I think a great base that will last you the whole day and evening is important. Get your foundation right and the rest falls in to place. For me it is my Embryolisse BB Cream which has an amazing amount of coverage for a BB cream and finishes my complexion off well, making me still feel light and not claggy (if that makes sense?).
Tarte cosmetics are my favourite shades and for longevity in eyeshadow and blusher form, whilst my most favourite mascara ever ever is the W7 Lashtastic for full length and body lashes. But if tears may be on the cards for that particularly emosh day, try the Oh So WaterProof.
Finally of course a lipstick is the finishing touch, but so important that you wear one that lasts at least until the photos are all done and you can reapply 😉
I always opt for a matte when it comes to lasting wear as they cling to the lips much longer than a gloss or a silk. Colour preference is obviously personal as bright red won’t be for everyone (always my favourite), but W7 have a great selection of mattes from nudes to berries and classic pillar box reds. My experience of wearing them (which is a lot as the Ruby red is my all time favourite lipstick) has always been great, they last as well as the high end brands (my Chanel lipsticks never lasted as long in fact!) And when they do fade its a done gradual leaving some colour remain, but not in a claggy way. Highly recommend.

Simple straight forward and not complicated, this is how i like to tackle weddings. To be yourself, but dressed as your very best self can be. I see no point in dressing in something you aren’t comfy in or doing hair and makeup that is totally alien to you. That’s why each of these tips are my tried and tested formulas that won’t let me down come the day.

Do you have any wedding guest attire tips?

And are you off to any lovely weddings this year?


  1. June 27, 2017 / 12:03 pm

    Great ideas Rachel. I'm clumsy and natural too so equally classic is not me. Inseresting you got lipstick on you from banging a glass. Not asking if the Lipstick was in your hand at the same time. If you're like me it would be a case of putting on lipstick with glass in same hand. I might just stop myself in time.

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