Ah, weddings. They’re emotional, fun, memorable, and often take up most of the day, which is why it’s important that you pick the perfect wedding outfit to wear. Of course, this is assuming that you’re a guest, not the bride or part of the entourage (because that’s a different story altogether!). 

Like any other event, you want your outfit to show off your personality. But while you shouldn’t hide your personal style, there are still things that you need to consider in order to be a good guest. After all, you don’t want to come in the wedding and turn heads. For this day at least, that should be reserved for the bride, not you.

Here are some tips on choosing a great wedding guest outfit:

Know the dress code

 It’s best to check the details first before making a decision on what to wear — the invite will usually mention this. Sticking to the recommended color scheme or dress code is not only polite, but it will show the bride and groom that you care about the event enough to dress for the occasion. 

So whether it will be a formal, semi-formal, black-tie, or even dressy casual event, strive to be a proper guest and stick to the dress code. You don’t want to wear jeans to a black-tie wedding, or a full-length ball gown to a casual garden nuptial.

And don’t fret if you don’t understand the dress code. You can just ask any member of the wedding party and they will usually clarify things for the guests.

Consider the location and weather

Where will the wedding be located? And what will the weather be like that day? Asking yourself these questions early on will help you avoid uncomfortable and awkward outfits on the day itself.

For example, you would want to wear something breezy for a sunny, outdoor wedding. But if the event’s going to be held during the evening or at a place with  air conditioning on full blast, you might want to bring enough layers or a coat. 

You should also take wind into account. If it’s going to be particularly windy that day, you might want to wear something that will hold in place. 

Prioritise comfort

Wedding ceremonies and receptions can be long, sometimes too long. And while they can be one the best days in your life, wearing the wrong outfit or shoes can make or break your day.

If you want to spend the affair dancing, you should make sure to wear comfortable shoes. Consider wedges or even chic flats. You can even just pack sandals so you change out of your heels if needed.

Remember that this isn’t your day to stand out

Usually, wedding coordinators like Wonderstruck Events Vancouver make sure to keep the focus on the bride and groom all throughout the event. But you can also help by making sure your outfit doesn’t stand out more than necessary.

For example, unless the bride asks you to, don’t wear white. Cream, champagne, and other shades close to white should be avoided too. This is not a day for you to play matchy-matchy with your bride friend.

On top of that, try to avoid over-the-top outfits, unless the dress code specifically indicates that you should dress a certain way.

These are just some of the things you have to keep in mind when choosing a wedding outfit as a guest. But ultimately, it all depends on what the bride and groom think is appropriate, so make sure to check with them too. So go crazy — but not too crazy!

Ahhh these dresses are totally making me look forward to my next wedding as a guest!

xoxo D.

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