“What to wear to a wedding?” This is probably a question you will be thinking about soon (if you have not thought about it before). After a two-year hiatus, the celebrations are back, and the bizarre trends in bridal gowns show that the influx of both brides and grooms has increased. However, waiting for the decision to wear the dress does not make it easier, especially if the wedding card has a special dress code. Semi-formal, black tie, festive, or tropical? What exactly do these wedding dress codes mean?
There is a wide range of clothing styles that you can use to create a comfortable and memorable entrance. While the black tie is the most common wedding dress, vague terms such as “semi-formal” or “formal dress” are sometimes used, adding to the confusion about what really makes for an acceptable wedding style. It is also natural to think whether you can wear white at a wedding or not. To this question, out of respect for the bride, the short answer is no. However, there are several ways you can incorporate white into your look without competing with the bride.
The best way to close the wedding dress code is to ask the bride as soon as she receives the invitation. You can even share some options by restricting your choices. If this is not an option – for example, without direct access, you are someone else, you can also search for the wedding venue to understand the acceptable wedding style and dress code. Is the ceremony held on the beach? Then maybe a chic satin dress or crochet silhouette will perfectly match the background. If held in a garden, a stylish cocktail dress will probably do. These subtle clues can help you make the right choice.
What if there is no wedding dress code?
In some rare cases, no dress code is included in the wedding invitation. In this case, rely on background clues to choose your outfit, whether it is the place, time of the event or the design of the invitation. When in doubt, a mid-rise dress or a classic suit is safe for any occasion.
What should I not wear as a guest at a wedding?
Wearing a white dress at a wedding is rarely acceptable, unless the couple explicitly states “white dress” in the wedding invitation. In addition, avoid overly obvious or flashy dresses that could catch the bride’s eye. Jeans and sneakers are almost always very casual for the occasion, even if it says “dressy” or even “casual”.
Beforehand, read about different types of wedding dresses (e.g. formal, black tie, cocktail, tropical, and festive). Get ready to be the best guest at your wedding with our guide to the most common wedding dress codes.