What to wear?! Brides, help your friends and family out and share this story over on our sister blog, The Thread, which features four inspiring guest-of-wedding dresses. Read more to get to know our real-woman model, Kathy, and see our stylist suggestions for the perfect dress (hint: it’s all about rich, beautiful color) and accessories–no matter the occasion.

MIDNIGHT SHIMMER – Evening Wedding

guest-of-wedding-dress-daytime-wedding-1Adrianna Papell sequin mesh dress


Stuart Weitzman ankle strap sandal | Minaudieres | Stackable rings | Crawler earrings

On dressing for weddings: “I love that you can really dress to the nines for a wedding! For events like this, my philosophy is that it’s always better to overdress than under.



Wedding Stylist Chelsea Hobbs from The Wedding Suite at our Downtown Seattle store offers ten tips for dress shopping that every mother of the bride can cherish.


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There’s something so delightful about a garden wedding. Anything alfresco is bound to be on the more relaxed side—usually with elegant touches of whimsy.

If you’ve got an invite for a garden soirée, we’d suggest opting for a simple, brightly colored dress in knee or tea length. Since you’ll be letting all that beautiful color do the talking, go with neutral accessories—classic earrings, stacked bracelets, etc. Heels, of course, are a must, but reach for a nude wedge—it’ll ensure you don’t start sinking into grassy terrain.

Pictured: Alice + Olivia Bell Sleeve Dress | Alexis Bittar Encrusted Skinny Bangle | Alexis Bittar Tapered Bangle | Trouvé Faux Wrap Dress | Diane von Furstenberg Draped Sheath Dress | kate spade new york dress | Tory Burch Envelope Clutch | MARC BY MARC JACOBS Stretch Bracelet | Taylor Dresses ‘Zigzag’ Fit & Flare Dress | L.K. Bennett Wedge Pump | Tory Burch Bead Earrings


We love a beach wedding. What could be more romantic than saying “I do” with waves lapping and the sun setting in the background? Thankfully almost any event that takes place shoreside means the rules of dress are a little more relaxed—who knows what might happen with all that sand and water everywhere.

So, what to wear that walks the line between beach bum and black tie?

We suggest a breezy, vibrant maxi dress with a high/low hemline. If your trip requires an overnight stay, stick to wrinkle-averse jersey knits (lace or sequins are also less temperamental). Keep your accessories simple (the bride’s the one who should be making a statement here); try something gold with colored enameled accents like coral, turquoise or white, and don’t forget a lightweight scarf for breeze and sun protection.

Chic, flat sandals are a must for the beach, as are sunglasses and a pretty tote for carting your camera, H2O, sunscreen etc.

Pictured: Cynthia Steffe Halter Dress | Diane von Furstenberg Sunglasses | Milly Canvas Tote | kate spade new york scarf | Ivanka Trump Sandal | Sequin Large Bangles | kate spade new york earrings

If you’ve got a guy who needs some help, the same idea applies of a put-together casual look. Summer-weight suits or suit separates and a white, textured or patterned button down look sharp while keeping their cool. Loafers or boat shoes and a classic-looking pair of sunglasses finish off a plus-one-worthy outfit that’s unstuffy, but totally dapper.

Pictured: Michael Kors Linen Pants | Salvatore Ferragamo Belt | John Varvatos Star Sportcoat | Persol Capri Sunglasses | Cole Haan Loafer | Dsquared Dress Shirt


We love hearing about our customers’ wedding style. Here, Jenn tells us all about her search for the perfect dress (plus bridesmaid dresses and a suit for her husband-to-be) for her Hawaiian destination wedding.

All photography © Jessica Valle

Dan and I met on eHarmony.com, and after a few short months of dating, we knew we were meant to be.

When planning our Maui destination wedding, my ultimate goals were for everyone involved to be happy and to look his or her absolute best. It all worked out—and Nordstrom helped us get there.

First, I visited Nordstrom.com to find bridesmaid dresses. I searched for ‘purple’ under the special occasion section and snap—there were my dresses. But the dresses only came in a size 4, so the Downtown Seattle alterations team took both of the girls’ dresses down to a size 0 and size 00. They fit like a glove and my girls actually got compliments!

Next, we found Dan’s suit—a beautiful Canali in an uncommon 43R—at the Downtown Rack. We finished his suit off with shirt, shoes and belt from Men’s Furnishings. For a guy that is hard to fit for a suit, it looked like a custom job.

Then a month before our big day, I discovered my original wedding dress purchased at another shop didn’t fit. Tracy at Nordstrom Southcenter worked wonders: she found and held the last gown in the company in the style I wanted until my maid of honor and I could get to her store, and even had other ideas waiting for me.

She was so attentive to detail—the right foundations, alterations and she even called me several times to make sure I was doing okay! I was also able to find my shoes, jewelry and the perfect red lipstick (I have been searching for the perfect red my whole life).

At the wedding, we were all happy and looked great—and I have the stories and photos to prove it!

All photography © Jessica Valle

Let us help you look great for your big day with dresses and more from our Wedding Shop, or make an appointment with one of our complimentary Wedding Stylists to preview dresses and apparel for you and your entire wedding party.


We love hearing about our customers’ wedding style. Find out how Bridget and Michael planned their Sunriver, OR, dream wedding (in less than four months!).

All Images © Ruettgers Photography

Michael and I met on December 30, 2009, and by January 1, 2010, we both knew that we would spend our lives together. It was a whirlwind winter, a lovely spring, and in early June he proposed.

I’d always dreamed of getting married at the Great Hall in Sunriver, OR, where my family had vacationed my whole life. We were lucky enough to get an opening in September, and got to work planning the wedding with less than four months to go.

Michael and I wanted our wedding to be classic and elegant, but joyful and fun. We enlisted the help of Erin Marshall, a Wedding Stylist at the Downtown Seattle Nordstrom, who didn’t flinch about the short timeline.

Erin helped me find the perfect, pretty-yet-chic bridesmaid dress: a navy, mock two-piece with an asymmetrical bow, deep scoop neck and pockets. The dresses were shipped directly to all of the girls’ houses. Erin even did a last-minute size switch the week before the wedding because a pregnant bridesmaid’s baby bump had grown bigger than we’d anticipated.

I’d loved shopping with Erin so much that Michael’s mom came to see her to find her dress, too. I also had appointments with Nordstrom Beauty Stylist Kirk Mills, who helped me find my makeup and gave me lessons on how to do it myself on the big day. My earrings, perfume and rehearsal dress also came from Nordstrom.

Our wedding day, September 25, 2010, was nothing short of magical. It was a perfect Indian summer weekend—85 degrees and sunny—and our guests had a wonderful time playing and enjoying Sunriver.

My favorite part was promising my love to Michael for the rest of my life. Close seconds, though, are our adorable nephews and nieces and the epic dance party that lasted late into the night!

All Images © Ruettgers Photography

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