The Ultimate Wedding Style Guide!!

           Ladies here's a break down of what to wear as a wedding guest!

Formal Wedding Attire for Guests

Formal wedding attire can be somewhat ambiguous. Sitting between semi-formal and black tie, the dress code denotes an elegant appearance. As such, you can wear a short or long formal dress, pantsuit or dressy separates. Like the black-tie optional dress code, formal wedding attire does not necessitate a floor-length gown. However, you can wear one if you wish without appearing overdressed.  

White Tie Wedding Attire for Guests

White tie is the most formal and sophisticated of all dress codes. So, be prepared to dress to the nines with an elegant, full-length evening or ball gown. Traditionally, long gloves are also worn for white tie. However, they’re more of an optional extra in today’s modern world. If you do choose to wear gloves, you should leave them on while drinking and dancing and take them off for dinner.

Black Tie Wedding Attire for Guests

Black tie is a highly formal wedding dress code that is typically called upon for evening weddings. For female guests, it requires a formal, floor-length gown. However, you may be able to get away with a sophisticated cocktail dress. Just be sure to double-check with the bride or someone in the bridal party beforehand to ensure you don’t appear underdressed.

Casual Wedding Attire for Guests

Many relaxed, outdoor ceremonies and receptions call for casual attire. The dress code, which is the most informal of all wedding dress codes, allows you to wear something comfortable. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t also look chic. So, be sure to avoid jeans and tank tops unless they are stated as acceptable. Instead, opt for a sundress in a casual fabric or smart pants and a cute top if the weather is cold. When it comes to your feet, keep things laidback by swapping your usual stilettos for dressy sandals or low wedges.

Semi-Formal Wedding Attire for Guests

When it comes to semi-formal weddings, it’s best to let the time and location guide your outfit choice. For example, if the wedding is taking place in the evening, try choosing dark, formal colors and more structured silhouettes. If it is taking place during the day, opt for light tones and breezy fabrics. As this dress code sits a notch above cocktail attire and just below formal attire, it is appropriate to wear a smart cocktail dress, jumpsuit or long, dressy skirt and top.

Cocktail Wedding Attire for Guests

Cocktail attire is often required for semi-formal weddings. It is especially common for evening weddings that do not include a formal, sit-down meal. While the dress code is more sophisticated than smart casual, it is still somewhat relaxed, meaning you can have fun with your outfit. Try a cocktail dress in a unique style or chic separates. Although cocktail dresses are traditionally knee-length, today anything shorter than an evening dress is acceptable. However, be careful not to go too short

Smart Casual Wedding Attire for Guests

This relatively informal type of attire leaves you with plenty of outfit options. To nail the look, remember to keep your ensemble elegant and easy going. Instead of fancy dresses and gowns, try opting for a stylish midi dress. Alternatively, consider pairing a midi skirt or cropped pants with an on-trend top. As for footwear, stick to sandals, wedges or block heels.

Beach Wedding Attire for Guests

Are you heading to a beach wedding this summer? Embrace the gorgeous setting with a lovely dress or jumpsuit. When shopping, look out for relaxed cuts, light flowing fabrics and summery colors and prints. As it can be windy at the beach, maxi dresses are often more appropriate than short dresses. But, if you’re keen to show off your tanned legs, go for it. Just remember to ensure your footwear is suitable for walking on sand. In other words no stilettos.

Festive Wedding Attire for Guests

Festive attire is a relatively new dress code for weddings. As such, it can cause quite a bit of confusion. Essentially, it is providing you with the freedom to have fun and be playful with your outfit. If you’re unsure where to start, try aiming for cocktail party attire with a twist. Think bold colors, exciting embellishments and accessories, and unique textures and details.

Summer Wedding Attire for Guests

To nail summer wedding attire, all you need to do is embrace the spirit of the season. To do so, choose a dress in a bright color or bold print. One in a lightweight fabric will also work to keep you cool when things heat up. Likewise, whether you opt for a mini, midi or maxi be sure to avoid overly structured and restrictive designs. You can also keep your feet fresh and stylish with a pair of heeled sandals.

Winter Wedding Attire for Guests

When dressing for a winter wedding, it’s important to consider both the formality of the event and the weather. To beat the cold while looking sophisticated, opt for a long dress or suit. Try choosing designs with sleeves as well as styles in heavier fabrics to ensure you’re kept warm throughout the ceremony and reception. Those in deep hues, such as navy and burgundy, make particularly chic options. It may also be ideal to bring a smart coat or shawl with you.

Country Wedding Attire for Guests

Country weddings are typically held at a farm, vineyard or garden and have a rustic theme. To dress for one try keeping your outfit laidback and a little playful. To do so, swap your usual fitted dress for something you can move in. Also, playoff the location of the event with soft tones, floral and lace. If you really want to inject a country touch into your look, consider adding boots and a hat.  Reference Link:

What not to wear to a wedding

Nothing Too Sexy

We're all for showing a little skin, but a wedding is not the place to wear your shortest or lowest cut look. Plus many weddings take place in a house of worship, where covering up is more appropriate. Keep that sexiest look for any other night out on the town.


We don't care how casual the dress code is, wearing jeans to a wedding is absolutely unacceptable. Even if the wedding is in a barn/beach/movie theatre, your mom would never be ok with you wearing jeans to someone else's wedding—a.k.a., it's just bad manners. Instead, go for an oh-so-chic and wedding-guest-appropriate jumpsuit. The Same Color as the Bridesmaids This one can be tough to avoid, but if you know what color the bridesmaids are wearing in advance it would be fairly tacky to show up in the same hue. You don't want it to look like you're upset you didn't make the bridal party, do you? That being said, if you're not that close to the bride this can be an impossible one to sidestep.


While we've heard tales of brides forbidding their guests from wearing ANY bright colors at all (say goodbye to that gorgeous hot pink dress you've been eyeing), it seems red is a particular tone that can offend certain brides. Polling of Brides staffers showed that not wearing red to a wedding is a standard rule most of us have heard of and also practiced. While this one can go either way, really, err on the safe side and avoid being the lady in the red. Especially at a Chinese wedding where the bride herself wears a red dress.


Hear us out: black is a very sophisticated color choice. But some associate it with "what you wear to a funeral." Don't bring any sadness with you to your friend's happiest day. If you must wear black, try a dress or separates with a moody floral print on a black background.

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