“What to wear to the wedding?” Probably a question you’ll be thinking about soon (if you haven’t already). After a two-year hiatus, private celebrations are back, and the trend of outstanding bridal attire proves that sartorial bars have been raised for both the bride and the wedding guests. However, it is not easy to decide what to wear because of expectations, especially if the wedding card comes with a specific dress code. Semi-formal, black tie, festive or tropical? What exactly does this wedding dress code mean?
A suitable and memorable entrance has a range of dressing styles you can embrace. Although the black tie is the most common wedding dress, obscure terms like “semi formal” or “dressy casual” are sometimes mixed, which adds to the confusion about who really chooses an acceptable wedding style. It is natural to wonder if you can wear white at the wedding. The short answer to this question is no, out of respect for the bride. That said, there are multiple ways to incorporate white into your look without competing with the bride.
The best way to nail a wedding dress code is to ask the bride as soon as you are invited. As you narrow down your preferences, you can share some options. If this is not an option – say you are someone’s plus-one without direct access, you can also research the wedding venue to get a feel for the wedding style and acceptable dress code. What’s going on at the beach? Then perhaps a chic satin midi dress or crochet silhouette perfectly matches the background. If it’s in a garden, a chic cocktail dress will probably do the trick. These subtle hints can help you make a suitable choice.
What if there is no wedding dress code?
In some rare cases, no dress code is indicated on the wedding invitation. In that case, rely on the topic formula to choose your outfit, be it the location, the timing of the event, or the design of the invitation. When in doubt, a medium length dress or classic suit is a foolish choice for any occasion.
What should I wear to a wedding as a guest?
Wearing white at a wedding is rarely acceptable, if at all – unless the couple clearly writes “white” on the wedding invitation. In addition, avoid overly revealing or glamorous attire that could steal the spotlight from the bride. Jeans and sneakers are almost always very casual for the occasion, even if the dress code says “dressy casual” or even “casual”.
On the front, read about the different types of wedding attire (such as formal, black tie, cocktail, tropical and festive). Get ready to be the best dressed wedding guest with our guide to the most common wedding dress code.