Guest Post: Ashley of Southern (California) Belle

Thursday, June 20, 2013

While I am getting hitched and then enjoying a honeymoon, some of my favorite ladies have guest posts for you that will be interspersed with more regular NFD content. Ashley of Southern (California) Belle has a love of color that is obvious in her lady-like style. Thanks for sharing some wedding-wear ideas with us, Ashely! 

Hi there!  My name is Ashley and I blog over at Southern (California) Belle.  I was more than honored when Kristian asked me to do a guest post while she is off getting married.  Seriously, I'm so excited to see her wedding pictures!  Although I'm not going to be there on the big day, I thought it would be appropriate to talk about what to wear to a wedding.  These days it seems like everyone I know is walking down the aisle so I have plenty of examples of past wedding outfits. 

The last wedding I went to was just a few weeks ago.  It was hosted in the most beautiful historic sub station in the heart of downtown Los Angeles.  Since it was insanely hot that day, I decided to wear a classic yet breathable cotton dress.  I actually borrowed it from Jessi, another wonderful Flock Together lady.  It happened to be the perfect fit for such a warm day.

Last year I attended a destination wedding at the Four Seasons in Kona, Hawaii.  This was definitely the most beautiful place I have ever been to!  Even though it was in October, the humidity was in full force so I chose to wear a light chiffon strapless number.  I was very comfortable and it was perfect for dancing the night away (and I never ever dance!).


Have you ever been invited to a fancy wedding and had nothing to wear?  I had that same dilemma last year when I attended a million dollar wedding in Beverly Hills.  I searched for months for the perfect dress and could never find the right one.  So I decided to have one made from scratch.  It came out just as I had expected!  I thought I was going to be a little overdressed, but it turned out I fit right in with the rest of the guests.


I love "casual" weddings.  I feel like there isn't as much pressure to buy a new dress, which is pretty important when you're on a budget.  I wore this dress to my uncle's wedding last year.  It was already a staple in my closet and was easily dressed up for a wedding.  I love it when I can get multiple uses out of one piece!


As you can see, your attire completely depends on what kind of wedding you're attending and what the weather is like.  Speaking of weather, here's a little tip I always stick by.  Even when it's hot, I always remember to bring a sweater to a wedding.  Sometimes you're unsure if the reception is inside or out so it's always best to come prepared.

Do you have any tips or tricks when it comes to wedding attire?  Make sure to share them in the comments below!



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    you are SO cute Ashley! heading over to your blog now to check it out. I LOVE your pink hair with this turquoise dress. One of my favourite colour combos.

    talk soon wild child
    Hattitude Style Blog

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  2. Wow, Ashley, you've been to a lot of weddings! Haha, you look great in each dress.


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  3. Oh my...I want to see more photos of the custom made dress! It looks amazing!


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  4. Such a great post, Ashley! I love seeing all your wedding outfits! That light pink strapless dress is so beautiful, and the deep red one you made is amazing!

    xox Sammi

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  5. Ashley I love all your dresses!! And all your haircolours!
    That red one is seriously gorgeous, love that you had it made

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  6. That second dress is so gorgeous!! Wow. (and I love the necklace) You really have been to a ton of weddings! Haha

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  7. million dollar wedding, who are these people you know Ashley? haha anyway, sounds like you've been to tons of super cool, diverse weddings! I love the second dress as well although I'd prob prefer a more casual one as well w/ my budget/wardrobe.

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    1. Strangely enough, my ex boyfriend LOL. I think being 29 warrants lots of wedding invitations, just you wait!

  8. Oh I love her hair color! What a beautiful lady :) as for wedding tips; enjoy yourself dear (L)

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  9. Amazing dresses! So fab:)

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  10. Ashley looks so stunning in that second dress with the chiffon, wowza!

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