Being The Best Dressed Wedding Guest
a guide to
Being The Best Dressed Wedding Guest
The invitation has arrived and you’ve RVSP’d yes but now you’re faced with a bigger question: what to wear. We’ve done the hard work for you and created a guide to getting dressed when the
wedding bells start to chime.
When it comes to picking an outfit, chances are there will be some clues about what to wear (or what not to wear) on the invitation. The date (and what season it falls in), time of day and location of the event are key. Some couples will dictate a dress code, while others leave things more open to interpretation. When in doubt, it's always a good idea to ask the bride for their opinion.
Why should you dress up for a wedding?
Even though it's not your wedding day, the nuptials of those nearest and dearest to you are a perfect opportunity to get dressed up. It's a significant occasion for all involved, and a moment to celebrate love.
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue – there are plenty of wedding day traditions. And depending on the culture or religion that the couple are part of, there might be some important elements to take note of as a guest. An obvious one is that no one but the bride should wear white.
Depending on the location and dress code listed on the invitation, wedding guest style can scale from smart-casual to black tie formal. Navigating these factors is the number one step when it comes to planning your outfit. It’s also a good idea to check the weather forecast and think about how accessories can elevate looks.
What to wear as a wedding guest?
Understand the dress code
Smart casual, cocktail, semi-formal or black tie. These are some of the most common dress codes that you might see listed on a wedding invitation. While they each have their own nuances, it's also important to consider the couple and their personal style when choosing a dress to wear.
Take the weather into account
Come rain, hail or shine, the big day will go on. For spring and summer weddings, make sure you remember to apply SPF (especially if the location is outdoors). And for invitations that fall in autumn or winter months, let your outwear be part of your look. A great coat or the perfect pair of boots can make or break a cold-weather wedding guest ensemble.
Check the location
Is the celebration in the city or out of town? The venue can help you determine what to wear as much as the dress code – especially if the ceremony or reception is being hosted outdoors. Take your shoe choice into consideration if you will be spending time on grass, gravel or uneven ground.
Avoid wearing anything white
It goes without saying but the number one rule of being the best dressed wedding guest is to avoid upsetting the bride with your outfit choice. Stay away from white dresses or anything too flashy that will draw attention away from the happy couple. However, some modern weddings might actually ask all guests to wear white, and in this case you should follow suit.
Accessories are key
Don’t be afraid to dial up the glamour on your shoes, bags, jewellery or even headwear. This is especially true if you’ve opted for a low-key outfit in a classic colour or cut.
3 outfits to inspire wedding guest style
1. The LBD
A timeless choice, the little black dress is a wedding guest style hit, especially for cocktail or more formal dress codes. We love the Kinetic Abstractions Midi Dress, Miami Heat Midi Backless Dress and Neo Classic Midi Dress paired with chunky golden jewellery and strappy heeled sandals.
2. A Strapless Gown
An off-the-shoulder neckline and ankle-sweeping hem is a recipe for instant chic. Look for pieces that play with colour and texture to nail black tie dress codes. The Supreme Extreme Strapless Gown and Asymmetrical Games Strapless Gown in red or black are show-stopping choices.
3. Colour-Pop Midi Dress
Don’t be afraid to have a little fun with your outfit. The best way to introduce personality is to choose a colour scheme that plays into your palette. The ruby red Editor's Pick Dress looks stunning on warm skin tones, while the Beauty Master Midi Dress in sage and Level Best Off Shoulder Dress in almond offer modern takes on trending pastel hues.
When it comes to wedding guest dressing, it's still important to stay true to your own personal style. Keep an eye on trending colours but don’t forget how striking classic silhouettes can be. Invest in pieces that have longevity in your wardrobe and then let your hair and makeup and accessories add spark to your outfit on the day.