The 4 Rules of What to Wear at a Wedding

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I realized that in the three years I’ve been most active in the wedding industry, I’ve been a guest at one wedding. With another one coming up in only a few days, I got to thinking- what do I wear to this wedding?

I can’t be the only one staring at my closet clueless as to which dress to pick out. Most people know some basic rules. But isn’t there more?

I’ve found some general rules some cute inspiration for your days as a wedding guest!

Number 1. Don’t wear white. Just don’t do it. I know you think that you can accessorize that cute white dress with jacket in another color but when that outer layer comes off for a night of dancing, you’ll still be wearing white. Same goes for creams and other very light colors. If you’d wear that color as a (traditional) bride, don’t wear it to someone else’s wedding.

Don't Overshadow the Bride- The 4 Rules of What to Wear at a Wedding on earlyivy.com

Number 2. Try not to match the wedding colors if possible. You don’t want to be mistaken as a bridesmaid if you’re not one! The invitation might give you an idea of what the colors are, but if not, go with something in lace, floral, or with a pattern.

Don't Wear Wedding Colors- The 4 Rules of What to Wear at a Wedding on earlyivy.com

Number 3. Do a little research on where the ceremony and reception are to be held. Look it up on Google Maps and do a quick search of the location. If it’s outdoors in the grass, your favorite stilettos are best left at home.

Dress According to the Location- The 4 Rules of What to Wear at a Wedding on earlyivy.com

Number 4. Dress appropriately. Don’t bare too much- you’re not going to the club! Also pay attention to the formality of the event if its listed on the invitation. If you’re not sure what black tie attire versus other degrees of formality looks like, see some inspiration below.

Dress According to the Formailty of the Event- The 4 Rules of What to Wear at a Wedding on earlyivy.com

Black Tie Formal Wear

Black Tie doesn’t mean black dress! Bright colors could be considered inappropriate, so stick to neutrals to play it safe.  This level of formality is all about being classy and sexy. Black Tie Formal Dress- The 4 Rules of What to Wear at a Wedding on earlyivy.comThis Elie Saab dress might look familiar- it’s very similar to the black dress from Taylor Swift’s Blank Space music video!

Neutral Floral Design Gown- The 4 Rules of What to Wear at a Wedding on earlyivy.com

This gorgeous dress comes from Veloudakis’ Fall 2015 collection.

Formal Wear

Though formal is more casual than black tie, it’s still the perfect time to but on that sparkly dress you’ve been dying to wear. Your dress can be short or long and of practically any color.

Couple in Formal Wear- The 4 Rules of What to Wear at a Wedding on earlyivy.com

This couple looks absolutely stunning for a formal wedding. Though this style could be dressed up even more for an indoor ceremony, this is appropriate for either indoors or out.

Blue and White Formal Dress- The 4 Rules of What to Wear at a Wedding on earlyivy.com

Dress by ASOS of Chi Chi

Casual Wear

Casual wear at a wedding is probably the most typical. It’s still dressy, but you’ll probably be able to just pick something out of your closet and dress it up.

Gold Sequins Dress with Black Tights- The 4 Rules of What to Wear at a Wedding on earlyivy.com

This dress is great for a winter wedding where staying warm is imperative to be able to dance!

Long Floral Dress for a Casual Wedding- The 4 Rules of What to Wear at a Wedding on earlyivy.com

Florals are a way to wear white but with a pop of color. It’s appropriate for almost any location and perfect for a morning or afternoon ceremony.

Royal Blue Lace Dress with 3/4 Sleeves- The 4 Rules of What to Wear at a Wedding on earlyivy.com

And lastly, a dress similar to the one I’m wearing for the wedding this weekend! Just perfect for an evening winter wedding. Lace adds a degree of elegance and sleeves make it a little more classy. I picked mine up on clearance at a boutique in Paris Las Vegas.

 

So what should you look for in picking out your wedding wear? All weddings require some degree of class and elegance. Don’t try to overshadow the bride- it’s her day after all! Dress appropriately for the formality of the event so you’re not over or underdressed. And last but not least, dress in something that is ‘your color’ or one that (understatedly) shows off your curves!

 

Dresses from:

  1. Dolce & Gabbana (Out of Stock)
  2. Georgina Dress by BHLDN

  3. Sleeveless Mini Dress By Glamorous

 

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