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Fashion Guidelines For Wedding Guests « Miss A® | Charity Meets™ Style.
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 Miss A Columnist

Lisa Beth Miller is the Entertaining & Weddings Editor for Miss A. She has been involved in the wedding industry for several years. Lisa is a bridal consultant and director of marketing and public relations for Blush Bridal Boutique and an event designer at Main Street Weddings, both local wedding businesses. In this capacity, Lisa writes the blog, website copy, and promotional materials for these businesses and assists with event planning. She was formerly a bridal consultant and did marketing and public relations work for A Formal Affair Bridal and Formalwear Boutique and was the creator of their Bridal University workshops. Additionally, Lisa teaches English, journalism, and photojournalism classes at Liberty High School in Bealeton, Virginia. She advises the school's award-winning publications, Talon yearbook and Patriot Press newspaper. As junior class sponsor, she also assists in planning Liberty's prom. Lisa has written several published articles. These include an article about advising student publications for Accents (Southern Interscholastic Press Association’s journal),an article about the royal wedding for Northern Virginia Magazine, an article about local proms for Warrenton Lifestyle magazine, and four stories about wedding planning and wedding fashion for the 2012 Northern Virginia Bridal Guide. Lisa holds an undergraduate degree in English and journalism education from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and a graduate degree in education and library science from Longwood University.

Fashion Guidelines For Wedding Guests

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.

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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.

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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!

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