A Complete Guide to Wedding Guest Attire
Got an invitation? Then you've probably asked these questions; What is appropriate to wear to a wedding as a guest? Is it ok to wear black? What about the dress codes? We hear you! Finding the perfect guest attire can be very challenging. That's why we bring you a complete guide to wedding guest attire. From black-tie to casual, we answered all your questions about wedding dress codes.
Dos and Don'ts
Choose „happy“ clothes
When choosing what to wear when you are a guest at a wedding, we would recommend choosing "happy clothes". A wedding is a very joyful and happy event and it is important to dress like that. Fluffy or elegant clothes in gentle pastels or vibrant colors are a perfect choice.
Items you should never wear to a wedding
Weddings require formal clothes, making it very important not to choose casual clothes. We know you love your jeans, but they really aren't wanted at weddings. Also, hats, sequins, and sneakers are not for this kind of occasion. Black color is very elegant and refined, but at the same time it is a symbol of sadness, so it would be good to avoid it on this occasion. If you decide on a black dress, you will enrich it with cheerful accessories that will complement it. Think of it as an empty painter's canvas, which needs color and texture.
Big flash, big no!
Although you can't wait to wear that beautiful sequined dress sitting in the closet, leave it there until the New Year. Sequins and other shining appliqués are not appropriate for a wedding. Namely, in them you would be the center of attention, which is by no means polite towards the bride.
Avoid wedding guest dresses through which your underwear can be seen. See-through dresses are inappropriate for a wedding. Apart from the fact that everyone will be looking at you, they will also attract negative attention. This is a big no!
Please do not wear white to weddings. White is the color reserved for brides only. Ifit is not written in the dress code to wear white, don't. If you like soft shades, choose pastel colors like pink, blue, yellow and green. These colors suit everyone, they are easy to wear and are very beautiful at weddings.
Don't overdo it with sex appeal
A large neckline or a slit is simply not for this occasion, as well as short dresses. Namely, as this can be very irritating, it will also create a problem for you when moving, sitting or dancing. We are sure that you do not want to be under caution all evening if you'll reveal too much, or if you can move as you wish. Dresses like this are for nightclubs, not weddings.
Red in some cases
This an important unwritten rule! When we talk about red, we mean about bright red. Namely, this color is often called seductive. And that is precisely why some rules suggest that it is better to avoid it, after all, all attention should be directed towards the bride that day. If you like red, we suggest dark red, or paste red. Balance is everything.
If you are attending a black tie wedding, it is important that you pick out the right formal dress. Whether these dresses feature interesting necklines, one shoulder, dropped shoulders, it's a must that they look sophisticated and elegant. It is also very important to round up the whole combination with subtle jewelry, and beautifully done make-up.
For daytime weddings, choose dressy outfits. We would say that this is the perfect time to wear floral, pastel shades and loose dresses. Combining these dresses with pump sandals or high heels will make you look great. The jewelry should be simple, and hair can be tied in a light bun or let loose. Even though it's a daytime wedding, don't wear flip flops.
Cocktail wedding is a perfect balance between formal and casual wedding. It is elegant and at the same time relaxed. Cocktail dresses are semi-formal. They are most often worn in the late afternoon or early evening. The cocktail dress is formal but at the same time comfortable, perfect for all occasions. Combine it with high heels, subtle jewelry, and appropriate make-up.
Choose colors that are popular in summer. Turquoise, blue, yellow, orange... prints are also allowed, which are cheerful and playful. All dress lengths are allowed. You can opt for bohemian dresses, one shoulder dresses and experiment with different textures and materials, like satin and lace. But, make sure that their not too short and that neckline is not too deep. And of course, avoid white color.