The Do’s & Don’ts of Wedding Guest Attire

So you’ve been invited to a wedding—how exciting! Now comes the question, “what do I wear?” There are no hard and fast rules (except wearing white), but there are some helpful guidelines to help you decide what to wear that will make you look and feel your best all day, and all night long. 

Here are my top dos and don’ts when considering what to wear to your next wedding event.

Do Check the Invitation 

Sometimes couples will state the dress code on the invitation so be sure to read all of the details! For example, a black-tie wedding at a luxury venue will require formal attire, whereas a beach or garden wedding might call for something more casual. There may even be a theme or cultural tradition for the wedding. If no dress code is provided (this is pretty common too), take the safe route and assume cocktail or semi formal. 

Do Dress for the Season + Venue

Dressing for the season will help ensure that you’ll feel comfortable in the environment of the wedding. For example, if it’s an outdoor summer ceremony, avoid wearing dark colors like black—that can get uncomfortable quickly! Instead, you should opt for lighter tones and fabrics. If it’s a fall or winter wedding, dark colors are more appropriate and will look great! 

Do Accessorize

Accessories can elevate any outfit in any season. A stylish pair of earrings or a bold statement piece like a clutch or gorgeous pair of shoes, can add a touch of sophistication to your look, without upstaging the bride (see below—that’s a BIG don’t!)         

Do Dress for Comfort

Getting all done up for weddings is a lot of fun, but you also want to feel comfortable. Remember, it’s probably going to be a long day so it’s important to wear items that will last. If you need to bring a pair of flats for the late night dance party, don’t hesitate!

Don’t Wear White 

This goes without saying, but it’s never appropriate to wear white to a wedding, unless you are specifically asked by the couple getting married. Traditionally speaking, this color is reserved for the bride and groom only! Steer clear from any off-white dresses, suits or tuxedos to ensure that they remain the stand-outs at their own celebration! 

Don’t Wear Anything Too Bold  

It’s okay to make a statement with your outfit—especially if you’re a known fashionista. But try to avoid anything too bold or attention-grabbing that might distract from the bride and groom’s special day. Keep your outfit and accessories fun, but subtle! 

Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute

There’s nothing worse than stress shopping for an outfit because you left it to the last minute! Plan your outfits in advance, especially if you need to make any alterations. There are lots of great resources online if you need inspiration or help deciding what look is best for you! 🙂 

Finding something appropriate to wear as a guest at someone else’s special event can sometimes be tricky, but don’t stress too much over it! Following these basic guidelines should help you pick an outfit that looks great while always respecting the couple’s wishes. Remember that what matters most is celebrating love and joining together with friends and family for a joyous occasion!

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