How to Dress…As a Guest

  When you’re invited to a wedding, one question that usually comes to mind is “what do I wear as a guest?”  Below are a few tips to help – because dressing for the wedding should be fun, not stressful!

Pay Attention to the Requested Attire on your Invitation.

If an invitation says “Black Tie,” the formality of dress is not up for interpretation. Steer clear of anything that reads casual. The same goes for the phrases “Cocktail Attire” or “Formal” on an invite. Be respectful of the couple’s wishes and do your best to choose an appropriate outfit for the occasion.

If you decide on a short cocktail-length dress, make sure it stays tasteful yet feels special – lots of embellishment and glamour. When picking a long dress, go for drama and add interest with jewelry that makes a statement. Have fun with it – this is your chance to dress up and dance the night away!

No specific attire requested on the invitation? Hone in on the style and formality of the invitation sent, the location of the ceremony and reception as well as the time of day the wedding is taking place. All of these clues will help you decide what to wear, and in the same breath, what not to wear to a wedding. If all else fails…just ask!

 DO wear Heels, DON’T wear a Pair for the first time.

It’s almost always appropriate to wear heels as a guest to a wedding. However, I’ll advise you not to wear a new pair of heels to a wedding…hello, blisters. Instead, break in your shoes before the big day. No one wants to be limping off the dance floor just as the party’s getting started!

Just take it from me – comfy (yet stylish!) heels = fun night. Painful (deceivingly stylish) heels = horrible night. Am I right, ladies?

When In Doubt, Choose Any Color But White.

Don’t get me wrong –the tradition of “no white” for guests at a wedding can be thought of as old-fashioned and on the way out by some. Even our chic team of designers stand divided on the subject! However, I still hear an alarming number of brides complain about the issue of female guests wearing white to their wedding. With so many color and style choices available today, why even risk it? Pick an outfit that won’t compete with the bride’s – and, most importantly, won’t tick her off!

~ Brittany

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