Wedding Guests | What You Should Know About Choosing An Outfit

By Rae Steinbach

Here’s What Guests Should Know Before Choosing an Outfit for a Wedding

Are you attending a wedding in the near future? If so, you want to be sure you’re dressed appropriately for the event. That means understanding certain fashion rules, like knowing when to wear a pair of women’s boots and when to wear high heels. Although the specific dress code of a wedding will vary on a case-by-case basis, the following tips will help you make the right impression on everyone in attendance.

Avoid White

The bride is going to be wearing white, so anyone showing up in the same color will simply look as though they are trying to upstage her. Don’t make this mistake! There’s a reason it’s one of the most well-known wedding etiquette rules. It’s also a good idea to avoid wearing anything so extravagant that it draws excessive attention away from the bride. You can look great without looking like you’re trying to make the day about you.

…And Black

Black attire is also relatively frowned upon at weddings. Although there are some instances in which a festive design can make a black dress work, too often, this type of clothing reminds people of funeral attire.

Keep It Classy

Wedding attire shouldn’t be too revealing either. After all, there are likely going to be children in attendance. Something that shows a little too much skin may not be appropriate for the occasion.

Bring Flats

Wearing heels to a wedding is fairly common for women. However, it’s also a good idea to bring along a stylish pair of flats. Spending a lot of time on your feet in heels can get pretty uncomfortable if the wedding runs long.


Weddings can be expensive, not just for the ones throwing them, but also for those attending them. It may not be financially practical to buy a completely new outfit for every wedding you’re invited to. However, with a collection of unique accessories, you can make one of your current outfits look new enough to work for several weddings.

Embrace Color When Appropriate

Summer weddings are often ideal for colorful outfits. If you’re attending one this time of year, go ahead and have a little fun with your choices, as long as the dress code doesn’t request otherwise.

Make an Effort

Most importantly, make sure you’re treating the event with the dignity it deserves. A wedding is one of the most important days in someone’s life. Showing up in excessively casual attire definitely sends the wrong message to your loved ones.

Again, dressing right is part of being a courteous wedding guest. It also doesn’t need to be difficult. Follow these points, and you’ll easily and affordably dress well.

About The Author:

Rae is a graduate of Tufts University with a combined International Relations and Chinese degree. After spending time living and working abroad in China, she returned to NYC to pursue her career and continue curating quality content. Rae is passionate about travel, food, and writing (of course).

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