From semi-formal countryside celebrations to formal chapel services and relaxed beachside gatherings, weddings come in many shapes and sizes.
Deciding what to wear to a wedding can be tricky, but the great news is that there are all sorts of wedding guest dresses to choose from, including both contemporary and vintage-inspired designs to suit every wedding style.
As this Independent article notes, wearing white to a wedding is a huge faux pas, but here are some other things to keep in mind.
Follow the dress code
Not all couples will supply a dress code, but if one is specified, it is important to follow it. The happy couple will have spent a great deal of time thinking about how they want their big day to look, and as a guest, it’s your role to blend in seamlessly with your fellow guests. Whether you have been asked to wear formal dress or to select a particular colour palette, following the dress code will ensure that everyone is happy on the day.
But, what if there isn’t a dress code?
If there is no specific sartorial guidance, think about the location and time of the wedding. Weddings that take place in the evening are generally more formal, whereas those in beachside locations during the daytime are likely to be more laid-back.
Keeping this in mind will also help you to select an outfit that will be comfortable to wear throughout the celebration. Shoes with a lower heel are generally more suited to vintage-inspired dresses, and you will likely be even more grateful to have left your highest heels at home if you will be spending time on a beach or in a field in the countryside.
You could also take some clues from the invitation. If it’s light and bright, soft pastel colours are sure to be a safe bet. Conversely, if the invitations are bolder, a dress with richer tones may be a more fitting choice. If you’re looking for some inspiration, go to My Kind of Dress for the latest wedding guest dress range.
If you have any doubts at all, don’t be afraid to ask the bride or a member of the wedding party. Just make sure not to ask on the week of the wedding, when everyone will have many far more important things to worry about!