Invited to a wedding and stumped on what you should wear? Trust us, you are not alone. This happens to many people especially when the invite doesn’t clearly state what kind of attire. Whether it is formal or more casual there are a few guidelines guests should always follow to prevent any mishaps or upset brides.


Anything outside of the dress code (if given). Check on the invitation to see if it states what kind of attire and if you have any questions reach out to a bridesmaid (not the bride) for help. How awkward would it be if you dressed casual and the invite stated formal. . .

White – just don’t. Leave all white, ivory, and champagne-hued shades alone, unless the invitation specifically requests that guests wear white. This is one rule that if broken could certainly upset the bride. Total no-no.

Steer clear of flashy attire. One of the biggest rules when dressing for a wedding is to never outshine the bride and groom. Avoid sequined dresses and any clothing that will draw attention away from the bride. A wedding isn’t the proper time to make a bold fashion statement.

Ditch your everyday jeans and tee. Even if the wedding initiation says “casual”, wearing sneakers, t-shirts, shorts, and jeans are never appropriate for a wedding. Wear dress pants and tuck in a button down shirt for casual. If the wedding is more formal, then step it up a notch with a tie, dress shoes and vest/jacket. You are going to a wedding after-all.

Skip the skimpy clothing. Short skirts, plunging necklines, see through and extremely form fitted is best suited for a night out, not a wedding. Be respectful to the couple, their family and other guests by dressing appropriately.

Avoid uncomfortable shoes. It’s a great idea to check out pictures of the wedding venue online to get a feel for the overall area and landscape – is it outdoors or indoors? are there stairs? is it a long walk between ceremony and reception? We encourage our couples (and their guests) to wear flats, boots or even wedges because heels can sink into the ground easily. Wear shoes that will be comfortable throughout the evening.

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