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