Wedding season is in full swing. With fall just around the corner, there’s still plenty of time to enjoy a casual outdoor wedding or an indoor ceremony with all of the glitz and glam. If you have the pleasure of being a guest, it’s important that your outfit follows etiquette and dress code rules.
Whether you’re attending a casual wedding or black-tie nuptials, dressing properly for the occasion is a must. Keep reading to learn about the dos and don’ts for dressing as a guest. We’ll also provide some chic wedding guest outfit tips
Wedding Etiquette and Dress Code Rules
While you want to look and feel great as a wedding guest, it’s important to remember the true purpose of the day. Your attendance was requested so that you could celebrate the couple and their love while giving them best wishes for a future of happiness. Avoid wearing anything that could distract from the couple’s special day.
Here are some of the most common etiquette and dress code rules to keep in mind:
- No white or off-white – White and off-white are colors that are reserved for the bride on her special day. You don’t want to be mistaken for the bride or be seen as trying to upstage her in any way. Wear a color or a subtle design instead.
- Don’t match the bridal party – As a guest, you don’t want to be mistaken as a member of the wedding party. Ask what shades and colors will be worn by the bridal party and groomsmen. Choose an outfit that blends with these tones without being too matchy. You can also choose to wear a color on the complete opposite side of the spectrum.
- Avoid revealing outfits – Wearing something that shows too much skin or anything that looks skimpy is a huge no-no as a wedding guest. Even if the wedding is casual, you don’t want to look out of place. If you have a slightly revealing dress, cover up with a shawl, a cardigan, or even a blazer.
- Don’t dress too casually – Even if the wedding is outdoors and very laid back, you don't want to look like you just got out of bed. Avoid wearing jeans, shorts, or flip flops.
Wedding Guest Outfit Ideas
Now that you know how to dress for a wedding as a guest, let’s look at some of the best clothes for attending a wedding.
A stylish maxi dress is not only for summer weddings. These dresses can be dressed up or down, depending on the wedding dress code. For a formal wedding, an off-the-shoulder maxi dress is classic and elegant without being too over the top.
Choose a black or jewel-tone dress, such as navy or deep purple, to keep with the formal attire. Black dresses are slimming and can be dressed up with jewelry or a sparkly clutch.
You can pair the dress with a hat, especially if the ceremony is outdoors. Finish off the look with slides or strappy sandals, a pair of open-toe pumps, or chunky wedges.
A cocktail dress is the perfect balance between formal and casual. These dresses are comfortable and should be no shorter than knee-length. For an outdoor wedding, choose a light and flowy fabric like chiffon, cotton, or eyelet lace. For indoor weddings, which are more formal, look for something more elegant and polished, such as velvet or satin.
Cocktail dresses can be paired with simple accessories, including a clutch, dangling earrings, and a blazer. Heels can range anywhere from closed toe pumps to wedges to strappy heels.
Slip midi dress
You can dress this frock up or down, depending on the formality, but ankle strap sandals are always a winning wedding guest pick.
A slip midi dress is a sleek, elegant, and comfortable outfit for a semi-formal wedding. Choose a lightwear fabric, such as satin or silk, and avoid loud or bold prints. Pick a color that blends in with the wedding theme or, at least, one that is fitting for the season.
You can pair your slip midi dress with a jacket or oversized boyfriend blazer. Flats, wedges, or strappy shoes are sure to look great.
Jumpsuits are classy and comfortable. For a semi-formal wedding, any cut should be appropriate. We love a good off-the-shoulder jumpsuit or spaghetti straps for a summer wedding. Stick with a solid color; otherwise, choose a subtle print that won’t be too distracting.
Finish the look with a hat, sparkly accessories, and open-toed strappy shoes. Dress sandals can also work if the wedding is outdoors.
A sundress is perfect for a casual outdoor wedding, whether set at the beach or in the mountains. A fluttery or floral dress should work great for the occasion. Embrace lighter colors and avoid overly bold prints.
Make sure that the dress is at least knee length, as anything shorter might be considered a little too revealing. You can pair a sundress with almost anything, including a hat, blazer, or even a cute jean or leather jacket.
Choose comfortable shoes with a medium to low heel. Flats or low wedges are great for the outdoors without making your outfit read too casual.
A romper is another great option for casual wear. They are your easiest throw on and go option. With the ability to move about comfortably, this will give you a more chic and stylish look. Stick with lighter colors and designs. The more flowy, the better.
Pair your outfit with a clutch along with a pair of pumps or wedges. Dress sandals are also suitable and will be the most comfortable for an outdoor ceremony.
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