You are invited to a wedding. How exciting! In addition to shopping for a gift and remembering to RSVP, you have another daunting task before you: selecting your outfit.
Of course, you want to be yourself and show off your fabulous style, but you also need to take the rules of etiquette into consideration. You don’t want to be “that inappropriately dressed guest” in all of the wedding pictures now, do you?
Here are a few rules to follow.
Don’t wear all white or ivory. Seriously, do I even need to explain this one? There are a million other colors, and you know it is traditional for the bride to wear this color. Just don’t do it.
Don’t purposely wear the same colors as the bridesmaids or mothers. You are a guest. You are not supposed to be dressed like the wedding party! Also do not obsess that your pink dress will clash with the bridesmaids’ yellow dresses. Wear a color that looks good on YOU.
Do wear something reasonably appropriate out of respect for your hosts. Clubwear and overtly sexy clothing do not belong at a wedding. If you even question whether an outfit is appropriate, it is probably not a good idea to wear it.
Do use good judgment if the invitation doesn’t specify the formality of the event. A cute suit or pretty dress for daytime or a little black dress for evening is almost always appropriate.
If the wedding invitation doesn’t specify the formality of the event, a dark suit and conservative tie is usually acceptable.
If formality is specified, see my post on what to wear and when!