What to Wear to a Wedding? The Church Wedding

What to Wear to a Wedding?  The Church Wedding

The grandeur of a church wedding is wonderful; the chiming of the bells ringing out in rejoice, the grand cathedral train of the bride’s veil, the booming voice of the priest singing Hail Hosanna.

Unfortunately, they’re not always so easy to dress for.  It can be 25degrees outside but lofty hall of a medieval church will still be cool and drafty.  The wooden pews are uncomfortable and, if requested to kneel (this had happened to me at both a Catholic & a Presbyterian wedding), you will need a dress long enough to cover your modesty whilst trying to get back up.

What to Wear to a Wedding? The Church Wedding

This Jameela Jamil dress for Simply Be really is perfect for a church wedding.  The dress is demure with the sheer mesh décolletage and sleeves (the mesh is decorated with the cutest red polka dots which you can just make out under the sun) and the skirt swings elegantly below the knee.

I actually already have this dress in black (reviewed here) but I could not resist the red which is perfect for all year round wear and will look simply stunning against the grand backdrop of a church.

What to Wear to a Wedding? The Church Wedding

The dress is a size 16 and fits me perfectly – cinching at the waist and swinging out around my hips – I should really have videoed the skirt as I walk because the swish and sway is quite phenomenal.  It will look grand if you attempt a waltz at the evening reception!

I paired the dress with my old faithful flats because churches tend to have cobbled paths (which destroy heels and ankles alike) and uneven flagstones.   I once went to a church wedding with the most crooked of a path that went drastically downhill – I sincerely regretted wearing 4inch courts to that one!

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I kept my hair simple cause the dress can do the talking (it was also quite windy when taking these photos so I didn’t necessarily have a choice on the hair front).

I love an oversized envelope clutch and this one is perfect for storing lipstick, purse, phone, camera and tissues for the snotty blubbing  woman on the pew next to you! I’d also advise packing plasters  – cause someone’s shoes will rub!

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The dress is a very classic, timeless kind of dress that can be pulled out year after year, wedding after wedding (assuming different guests here – none of that Four Weddings & a Funeral kinda crossovers).

It’s priced at £60 which I think is a fair price to pay for a dress with such staying power.  Also, if you sign up for a Simply Be account and wait a week or two, you’re bound to get a discount code – they seem to give them out like candy.

What to Wear to a Wedding? The Church Wedding

Outfit Details

Jameela Jamil Ponte Midi Dress from Simply Be

Shoes – past season ASOS (Similar Here)

Gold Clutch – past season New Look (similar here)

Don’t forget to read the rest of my What to Wear to a Wedding series:

The Country Fete 

The Grand Affair

The Registry Office 

The Church 

The Bohomenian 

My good friend Hayley of Curves and Curl is also doing her own series of wedding guest outfits – you can read them via the links below:

What to Wear to a Wedding 1 – Black

What to Wear to a Wedding 2 – My Personal Shopper Experience with Lucille’s


Charli is a simple country bumpkin with a passion for long country walks, wooly jumpers, velvet blazers, and luxurious lingerie.

Charli also loves gin!

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  1. May 23, 2016 / 12:21 am

    Such a gorgeous dress my lovely! I worry it might be a little bit long on me. But on you it’s the perfect length! And thanks for the shout out you love xxx

  2. June 2, 2016 / 10:04 am

    This dress looks like it was totally made for you – you look incredible in it! Church weddings in the summer are so hard because the covering up vs not being a giant sweaty mess is a fine line. The sheer sleeves really help with that, and you look amazing! x

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