What to Wear to a Wedding

wedding guest Jun 02, 2021


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You receive an invitation to a wedding and after you have the sentiment of joy and excitement for the newlyweds, does a feeling of panic set in? “What will I wear to the wedding????”.

If you answered yes to feeling panic or uncertainty, you’re definitely not alone! One of the most common questions we’re asked is: what to wear to a wedding?

Whether your initial feeling is panic, overwhelm, or uncertainty, remember: The goal is for you to love what you’re going to wear so you can enjoy the occasion and help the happy couple celebrate their nuptials.

A Few Things to Consider

These are a few guidelines to follow when deciding what to wear :

  • The season
  • Expected temperature
  • Time of day
  • Venue
  • Wedding Theme, if applicable

All of these factors will help determine the most appropriate ensemble for guests. Some invitations will indicate a dress code, which can be helpful (and also confusing, at times). When in doubt, we're here as a resource, but it's always best to check with the couple for clarification and guidance if you're feeling uncertain.

We always appreciate a good visual, so here is another great resource detailing dress codes and appropriate attire for guests:

 Source: Brides.com

What to Wear Collective demystifies Wedding Dress Codes:

Black-Tie & Formal: 

  • Floor-length gown

Black-Tie Optional & Semi-Formal:

  • Cocktail dress

Cocktail Attire:

  • Knee-length dress
  • Midi dress
  • Jumpsuit
  • Maxi dress

Semi-Formal/Dressy Casual:

  • Wedge heels, block heels (especially if walking on grass/outdoor venue)
  • Lighter colors and fabrics (keep in mind for all the following)
  • Dressy skirt & top
  • Midi dress
  • Jumpsuit
  • Maxi dress

What NOT to wear to a wedding (as a guest):

  • White
  • Clothing that's too casual
  • Same color dress as bridesmaids (if you know in advance)

Don't Forget to Shop Early

Perhaps one of the biggest pieces of advice we can share at this point is: shop early. Retailers seem to be struggling to maintain a consistent inventory for dressy occasions. Selection is very low and limited, meaning you may need to order online or ship from another store.

Questions? We're here to help, just let us know. We have experience with many of these dresses and all of the brands, so we'll gladly share our insight.

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