Advice: Catholic wedding reader

Dear Brenda,

My cousin is getting married (Catholic church wedding, 2pm, Atlanta) next Sat. I am a reader so people will see me. What do you think of the following options? Shoes are the same for both.

– A Red Sox loving librarian in Alabama

Gray shoes

Gray shoes

Maroon dress

Maroon dress

Blue floral dress

Blue floral dress

Dear Red Sox Loving Alabaman,

I’m hoping you mean NEXT Saturday and not yesterday, or I am not so helpful. Sorry!

I prefer the maroon dress for this. The color is a great wedding color, a great seasonal color and goes very well with the gray shrug. It will also make the gray shoes and shrug *pop* more (it’s a nice combination) than the blue patterns. I don’t like having things over larger patterns like the blue dress as well – I think it stands better on it’s own. (And I’d prefer it with a white or silver sweater, I think.) It also seems a bit more summery. I was in Atlanta last week, and it wasn’t all that wrong.

I hope you’ll share pictures of the outfit you picked! What are you wearing for a necklace? I’d love to see this paired with a really high-interest garnet choker, like this one:

The dress has a great neckline for a really interesting necklace.

– Brenda


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. laureen flynn
    Jan 06, 2013 @ 17:23:56

    You might need a shorter shrug to top the dress as this obscures the waist making it less shapely


  2. Ellen
    Jan 06, 2013 @ 20:11:07

    Yup, yesterday. I went with the blue slip dress and got compliments. I also didn’t fall on my face going to or from the lectern, and I stuck to the assigned reading and didn’t editorialize. I didn’t wear any jewelry because I’ve recently learned that I’m allergic to gold, which explains why wearing all my nice jewelry was so un-fun. I suppose I should get new nice jewelry.

    The gray shrug is a bit shorter in person than it looks on the parka so I don’t think my waist was totally obscured but definitely something better could have been found had I realized how soon the wedding was going to be! The maroon dress will be worn next Saturday to an evening reception. I think I actually have a shawl that will go with it and be a better topper.

    I got a gel manicure, which I like at this point. I didn’t appreciate the nail lady’s hard sell of an eyebrow wax, which I declined because I know from experience will irritate my skin so badly that eczema patches will form. This is less attractive than skinny eyebrows. I’m probably irrationally annoyed by her comment, but it’s a recurring thing.


    • bflynn
      Jan 06, 2013 @ 20:49:18

      I think your eyebrows are just fine! You could get around the gold problem with a stone necklace – like the one I linked to.

      I bet you did great! We do demand pictures.


  3. Ellen
    Jan 06, 2013 @ 20:35:01

    Also, the blue tied in nicely with the wedding’s color theme – not super matchy matchy, but cohesive. It should look nice in the pictures, which I will share with you when I see them. 🙂

    I am looking forward to the maroon dress next week. I love things with full skirts.


  4. Ellen
    Jan 06, 2013 @ 20:40:01

    Also, in my first comment: parka? I meant hanger. Jeez, brain.


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