It’s wedding season! Everyone knows that your wedding day is one of the most memorable days of your life. A ton of planning goes into it, and a lot of effort is made to ensure that everything goes smoothly on the big day.
But there’s one thing the bride, groom, and their wedding planning party can’t control—what the guests wear on the day. And nothing can ruin a good friendship quite like turning up for a wedding dressed in something the bride or groom thinks is inappropriate!
So if you’re planning on attending any weddings this season, here’s a quick guide to the wedding outfit dress code. We all like to look and feel great, but just a bit of thought can prevent those awkward moments that might turn into a loss of friendship.
There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to dressing for a wedding. You can get as creative as you want, but remember… This isn’t your day to shine, unless you’re the bride or groom. This is the key to making sure you’re dressed appropriately.
On your wedding invite, there should be a “dress code”, which will give you an indication of what sort of vibe the wedding will be.
What if nothing is mentioned on the wedding invitation? Then you may have to do a bit of detective work to figure out what the appropriate dress code is. It’s worth the time… You don’t want to be the only one who turns up in a tux or cocktail dress to a casual event! Consider:
Ultimately, the best way to know for sure is to ask!
The biggest key to understanding what NOT to wear is to make sure you don’t upstage the bride. It might sound petty, but trust us… No bride wants to have that one friend who arrives looking like they’re attending the Oscars.
Be modest and conservative! Here are a few specific things to avoid.
It’s considered bad luck for a guest to wear white, because it’s the traditional wedding dress colour. Even if the bride isn’t wearing white, it’s best just to avoid it. Plus, white gets dirty much faster than other colours.
You probably shouldn’t arrive at someone else’s wedding with too much showing. Outfits that show too much skin or cleavage are likely to be frowned upon… Because it may look like you’re attending the wedding looking for action or admiration instead of supporting and celebrating with the bride or groom!
Even if the wedding is casual, leave the ripped jeans and stained shoes at home. You still need to look sleek and put together… Not like you just threw on any old thing and hurried there.
This should go without saying, but don’t wear something that can be misconstrued as offensive. Someone else’s wedding is not the place to show off your political views or affiliations, or make a statement about something controversial.
This one is for your own comfort! Wearing shoes that hurt your feet or a dress that you constantly have to readjust will only ruin your own enjoyment of the event. You want to be comfortable enough to have a dance and enjoy yourself without being in pain or feeling overly self-conscious.
Accessories and Beauty Tips
Don’t feel like you’re restricted to being plain and boring! Accessories are the best way to spice up your own outfit without going overboard and potentially being inappropriate at a wedding.
This is the bride’s big day. Consider how you felt at your wedding, or how you’d feel if someone upstaged you because they were wearing something that went overboard! Stick to classy, subtle, and modest and you should be good to go.
It doesn’t mean you can’t be you. Just be respectful of the people who have invited you to be a part of their special day!