Wedding Guest Style Dos and Donts

When it comes to being a wedding guest, there can be some gray area. How much should you spend on their wedding gift? And, above all, what on earth should you wear? To help clear up some of the confusion, I thought I’d put together a list of style dos and don’ts to guide you through wedding season.

Wedding Guest Style Dos and Don’ts

Wedding Guest Style Dos and Donts - Dos

DO opt for romantic looks. A wedding is a celebration of love, so keep that in mind when you’re deciding what to wear. Think floral prints, crepe, ruffles, and lace. Edgy, sultry, or fashion-forward outfits should be reserved for other occasions.

DO wear your dancing shoes. You want to look chic and polished, but you also want to be able to dance the night away with the happy couple. So make sure that whatever shoes you choose to wear are both stylish and comfortable. Wedges, mid-height heels, dressy sandals, and even chic ballet flats are all good options. If you really want to wear your favorite high heels for the ceremony, I suggest you pack a pair of flats in your bag.

DO keep in mind the wedding’s dress code. If a couple lists the dress code on their invitation or wedding website, do keep that in mind. If no dress code is listed, use the venue as an indication of how dressy the wedding will be. Beach weddings, tend to be cocktail outfits, while ballroom weddings call for more formal outfits.

Wedding Guest Style Dos and Donts - Donts

DON’T wear white. You would think this rule wouldn’t need to be reminded but alas you are wrong. Let the bride stand out and shine on her wedding day. It’s also best to avoid cream, blush, and any eggshell in addition to bright white just to be on the safe side.

DON’T wear anything overly sexy or revealing. Weddings are family celebrations, so if it’s not something you would wear in front of your own grandmother, don’t dress that way in front of your friend’s grandmother either.

DON’T wear anything that is terribly uncomfortable. It’s a pity to spend the entire evening pulling your strapless dress up or having to skip a delicious meal because your dress is much too tight.