Preakness: Fashionable for a good cause

ellelauri was a proud sponsor of this year's Preakness at the Piazza. The event was a great success for fashionable Philadelphians and most importantly for the fight against multiple sclerosis. $118,000 was earned to support the National MS Society.

The beautiful Preakness at the Piazza host, Alex Holley, wore a dress from ellelauri.

Alex Holley, left, with Designer Liz Rymar
Throughout the day DJ Royale kept the dance music playing so the crowd had fun even in the rain. 

Thanks to the Preakness at the Piazza committee for planning such a fabulous event. Below is a picture from a promo they filled with Fox29 wearing ellelauri dresses!

"Black-eyed Susan" cocktails were the featured drink since it's traditional at the Preakness Stakes. Black-Eyed Susans are vodka, St. Germain, pineapple juice, lime juice, and orange juice garnished with a fresh orange slice and cherry.

Fresh and refreshing, drinkable black eyed Susans. 

ellelauri staff and friends enjoyed the sights and sounds wearing bright spring colors and of course some great hats!

ellelauri girls enjoying the festivities. 

Eva Pilgrim from 6ABC, Liz Rymar and Randyl Case

To make the day complete Philadelphia' first lady, Lisa Nutter, was one of the judges for the best dressed fashion show, and Mayor Nutter was on hand to support the event too. 

See you all next year!

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Wedding invitation? Here's what to wear

Wedding Etiquette: Fashion Faux Pas and How to Prevent Them

by Etiquette Expert and founder of Beaumont Etiquette, Myka Meier

With wedding season finally here, you may be invited to your fair share of summer soirees! 

The first question many of us ask ourselves:
What am I going to wear?

Before you start planning your perfect outfit, remember there are a few details that are predetermined by the bride and groom which may factor into what you should wear:

1. Is there a dress code on the invitation or wedding website? You’ll need to know if the wedding is beach chic, a casual affair, or perhaps even an elegant black tie

2. Seasonality - In order to pick out the perfect summer wedding outfit, be conscious of the season - you may be the only one wearing a black floor length dress in summer otherwise! Stick to pastels and bright colors until Labor Day

3. Is the ceremony at a church, synagogue or other religious establishment? In some cultures and religions, women’s shoulders should be covered

4. Is the reception in a different location than the ceremony? Make sure your outfit is appropriate for both

5. What time is the wedding? A day event will see you dressing differently than a night event. Typically day events are more garden party elegant, while an evening event may require a bit dressier of an outfit

So now that you’ve got your checklist of factors, here are a few other wedding etiquette fashion faux pas to keep in mind when picking your outfit:

Never wear white, off white or anything that even slightly could be mistaken for white! It’s the color reserved for brides and is considered disrespectful to wear it on their special day.

Don’t “outdo” the bride - a nice dress is one thing but to wear something which commands too much attention should be put away for another day (No full sequin dress!) All eyes should be on the bride.

Keep it classy - this day should be about showing love and respect to the happy couple - wearing something that has too short a hemline, is see through, shows too much cleavage or is too revealing in any way is not appropriate

Here are some top picks for best dresses for different occasions:

Beach Chic Wedding
 Avery Dress

Garden Party Day Wedding
Lucca Dress

Night Owl Wedding
Kendall Dress

Country Club Conservative Wedding
Marie Dress

Classic Chapel Wedding
Regina Dress

Formal Wedding
Penelope Dress

To learn more about etiquette expert Myka Meier visit