Getaway Dresses

playful and mod getaway dress by kate spade One of my favorite wedding traditions is definitely the getaway dress. While I’m not a huge fan of swapping dresses mid-celebration, I love the idea of donning a short shift for a couple’s big exit. Historically, the custom arose from necessity, as newlyweds would leave for a honeymoon immediately following the reception. Now, its less about tradition and more about a celebratory spirit and a stylish send-off.

Mod and Playful Style: If you love punchy color and light-hearted detail, the getaway dress is the perfect time to be more expressive. Play with 60’s inspired cuts, feminine embellishments, and small-scale dots or patterns in the fabric. I also love a little jacket over a getaway dress (A contrasting color or unexpected pattern keeps it from becoming too costume-y.)

Playful dresses for a fun wedding getaway Top image: Evelyn Dress, Kate Spade / Kensington Dress, Bhldn / Swoop Dress, Jcrew / Swiss Dot Dress, Jcrew / Sorbetto Dress, Bhldn

Bright paper confetti for a wedding toss For a festive exit to complement your playful style, have your guests toss brightly colored paper confetti or even multicolored pom poms. If you’re up for making your own paper tossables, check out this giant paper confetti from Oh Happy Day.

Silver sequined dress Gatsby Glitter: Channel jazz-age glam and make a memorable exit in a sparkly showstopper. Try full-on sequins, intricate beading or even a 20’s styled silk shift with pretty paillette trim. If you can’t swing a complete change, add a caplet with art deco detail over a strapless wedding gown.

Silver Sequin Dress, Erin by Erin Featherston

Sparkly dresses for a glittery wedding getaway Twila Halter Dress, Bhldn / Tally Dress, Rachel Gilbert / Beaded Dress, Adrianna Papell / Embellished Caplet, Bhldn

Sparklers for a wedding send-off Sparklers always make the perfect send-off (Especially if you’re in a metallic or embellished dress to catch the light!) Have your guests line a path holding sparklers for a glittering getaway.

Open back romantic lace dress Romantic and Classic: If you love feminine lace and structured lines, a getaway dress is a great place to carry through a romantic style. Mix in simple silhouettes, ivory lace or even black detail for contrast.

Monique Lhuillier Lace Sheath, Nordstrom and Rent the Runway

romantic lace getaway dress Fluid Dress, Acne / Shift Dress, Donna Ricco / Lace Back Dress, BCBG / Bow Belt Cocktail Coat

freeze dried peonies for getaway wedding toss

For a perfect complement to your feminine getaway dress, let guests shower you in romantic style with freeze dried pink peony petals.

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