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Casual afternoon wedding are a common among students. This type of events are typically in the club house and/or on the grass of a ball-sports club, in the picnic area of a park, etc. Consequently, the typical dress-code of what to wear to an afternoon wedding fails to meet the bill. Read what to wear at a casual afternoon wedding reception as a woman in midlife.


  1. What to Wear to a Casual Afternoon Wedding Reception
  2. What Shoes to Wear at a Casual Wedding Reception?
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What to Wear to a Casual Afternoon Wedding Reception

Think casual, but dressy. Here some budget-friendly outfit ideas for a casual wedding reception.


  • A not too fancy party dress can fit the bill. Many of the young ladies might wear them and show probably a lot of skin. Ever Pretty has affordable, sophisticated party dress also for mature women. Browse their collection now.
  • Alternatively, search your closet for a festive business casual dress.
  • Dress up a casual maxi- or tea-length dress (see photo below).
  • A light-weight wool pantsuit with a graphic Tee and sneakers works at an outside reception on a sports field.
  • Of course, the LBD comes into mind. However, wearing black to a wedding is always risky. It can – depending on the couple’s cultural background – be a big fashion faux-pas in Europe.
  • A celebrity inspired dress is also a good choice. It reads “expensive” as people remember having seen Jennifer Aniston, or whomever wearing a similar dress. Recall Victoria Beckham and Kate Middleton in their China-painting inspired blue-and-white dresses?
  • Dress up a floral, non-cotton print dress with a matching short-sleeve cardigan. The look should read casual, feminine preppy style.
  • Wear your homecoming dress with a cardigan and sneakers.


mature woman in casual wedding reception outfit consisting of a tea-length knit dress and cropped jacket
Newport News leather jacket, Hipstik pantyhose, Rebecca Collins gemstone flower-necklace, DIY bangle, Coach bag, Prada pumps, and watch c/o Nordgreen. Get 15% off with my discount code HLSTYLE.


Stylist in Kate Middleton inspired dress withcardigan
Celebrity inspired reception look. Shein dress, Ivanka Trump pumps, Hipstik pantyhose, Sam Edelman studded bag with metal top handles, Hermes collier de chien bangle, and cardigan c/o Coolibar




What Shoes to Wear at a Casual Wedding Reception?

When the afternoon wedding reception is in a yard, park or on a lawn, go for flats or wedges. In a club house, strappy sandals or even pumps look nice. Avoid over-bling like patent leather, sequin-embelished, or anything shiny.

Make sure the style of the shoes works with the vibe of your look. Alternatively, try an off-combination that is a recent trend like, for instance, wearing sneakers with a skirt or dress.


stylist over 50 in fit-and-flare dress with stole strappy sandals top-handle bag, sunnies as casual wedding reception outfit
Halogen leather fit-and-flare dress, Rebecca Collins necklace, gemstone cuff, nude fishnets, Studio strappy sandals, Nordgreen watch (get 15% off with my discount code HLSTYLE), Eagle Eyes sunglasses, Coach casual purse, pearl studs c/o Wendy Mignot, and sun-protective stole c/o Coolibar




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