April showers bring May flowers.

What do May flowers bring?


(Okay, I know that’s not the right answer from the grade school poem, but in our twenty-something minds, you know it’s true.)

Wedding season is upon us, and in case you didn’t know, our friends are getting engaged. Which means we have to put on a fancy dress (or suit and tie) and a smile as we meet up with people we haven’t seen since high school.

At the ripe old age of 22, I attended my first two weddings, ever. (It’s a long story…) My cousin got married in April, and three months later, my college friend got married. Both were black tie, so I wanted to wear something that was functional and that would last me the entire wedding season.

If you’re one of the lucky ones that have a big celebration coming up, take a look at our five must-haves for any wedding type:


Lightweight Suit

Bonobos “The Foundation” Seersucker Suit in Navy, $400, Bonobos.com

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Yes, $400 is a lot for a suit. But, if you’re going to a lot of weddings this summer, it just might be worth the investment. Plus, you can wear the pieces as separates–wear the pants with a dress shirt for a more casual wedding, or pair the suit jacket with khaki pants.

Dress Shirt

Paul Fredrick Cotton Pinpoint Windowpane Button Down Dress Shirt, $79.50, Paulfredrick.com

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An essential for everything.

Printed Tie

Paul Fredrick Sunglasses Woven Silk Tie, $62.50, Paulfredrick.com

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You’ll get major style cred with a fun printed tie.


Wallet Flask, $32.95, Brookstone.com

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Because there’s always somewhere you’d rather be, so why not have a little fun?



The LBD is the quintessential item for any wedding type–the right accessories make the outfit dressy or casual.

Express Tie Neck Halter Dress, $55.93, Express.com

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Even in the description, it says it’s a “must have for wedding season”.

Express Bonded Knit Crisscross Babydoll Dress, $68.60, Express.com

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A fuller skirt gives you more room for cake.

Statement Necklace

Bauble Bar Gem Shield Collar Necklace, $46, Baublebar.com

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The perfect complement to an LBD.

Chain-link purse

South Bend Gathered Crossbody, $25, Francescas.com

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Hands-free is the way to go, and a chain-link makes whatever you’re wearing a little more glamorous. Bonus if it doubles as a clutch.


Lip Flask, $12.38, Amazon.com

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Because, duh, it’s the only classy way to survive wedding season.

Good luck and enjoy!! 


Hannah Gettleman is a bubbly twenty-something living in Chicago. She graduated in 2012 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Journalism. Don't tell her that print is dying--she's already made the switch to public relations. As a Midwest girl, winter happens approximately 80% of the year, so she knows a thing or two about a good pair of snow boots. She lives for summer weather (even though she can never tan), Boy Meets World reruns, and an unhealthy addiction to dark chocolate and online shopping. She's a die-hard Chicago sports fan, even though she's well aware the Cubs always end up in last place every year.

1 Comment

  1. Haha. Fun post. That flask wallet is genius. I have only attended two weddings in my life time. One was mine and one was a friends. For my wedding, we had it on my wife birthday in November (11.12.13) and only invited 25 people.

    So glad we did. Wedding are exhausting and cost so much money. The one wedding I attended I was the best man and it cost my fiancé (at the time) and I over $550 to be a part off.

    Good luck to everyone this wedding season.

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