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Tips For What to Wear to a Wedding

Wedding season is just starting and I know many of you have a lot of weddings to go to this summer and fall. But what do you wear to that destination beach wedding or the upscale ballroom wedding? Is a cocktail dress appropriate or a full-length gown? Check out these tips to help you figure it out.

Stay away from white

You may have heard this one already but do not wear white. This is the bride’s day so wearing white would be a huge faux pas. I would even avoid cream or blush as a lot of bride’s are opting for a little bit of color in their wedding dresses these days.

green maxi dress for wedding

Go for a more feminine, romantic look

This is a celebration of love, not a night out at the club. Think floral prints, ruffles and lace rather than something more fashion forward or too revealing.
floral print dress for wedding

Wear appropriate shoes

Don’t forget that you might be on your feet for extended periods of time standing at the cocktail hour or dancing the night away. So wedges, mid-height heels or flats might be the most comfortable option. You can also bring a pair of flats in your bag if you really want to wear those sky high heels.

jcrew gold metallica sandals

Make note of the dress code

The couple sometimes states the dress code on the invitation or their wedding website. If not, you can usually tell by the type of venue the wedding will be held at. If it’s at a beach, something more dressy casual or a cocktail dress would work. If it’s at a ballroom, something formal would be more appropriate. When in doubt, it’s better to be over-dressed than under-dressed.

Need some more ideas? Here are some suggestions, based on the dress code of the wedding from the Black Tux, an online boutique specializing in tuxedo and suit rentals:

wedding guest style guide

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