Wedding Dress Code - Decoded!

They are going to a chapel and their gonna get married and your attendance has been requested, but the question of “What do I wear” immediately pops into your head.

I have to admit, I have some pretty strong feelings about this subject, nothing annoys me more then someone wearing white or ivory to someone’s wedding. I wish it was appropriate to carry around a number of clothing options to request people change into, but its not and I digress. So below I have highlighted some easy tips on how to plan your attire for being a guest at someones wedding. Of course, there are plenty of variables to consider: black tie- vs beach, spring vs. winter, afternoon vs. evening but surely some timeless suggestions to help you decide.

Religious Ceremonies

  • Nothing sexy or revealing

  • Have a wrap, shawl, or cardigan to cover your shoulders if wearing a something strapless or low cut.

  • Never solid white or ivory

Black Tie or Black Tie Optional

  • This means formal my friends, men in tuxes and well fit formal gown or cocktail dress in simple pattern or darker color of your choice.

  • Black tie welcomes for glitz and glam, while Optional means a little more understated is appropriate.

  • Semi Formal / Dressy Casual

  • Simple gown, tea length or sophisticated cocktail dress or skirt and dressy blouse. Simple patterns or rich solid colors are great selections

  • Never solid white or ivory

For Casual Ceremonies

Generally, anything goes with the following exceptions:

  • No jeans, shorts, t-shirts or tanks (ever!)

  • Never solid white or ivory

  • My general rule is if you would wear it to a job interview, you can wear it to a casual wedding.

Time of Year Fun

  • You can plan your attire to work with the time of year too, for spring, have some light color in a cute tea-length dress.

  • For a Beach Casual wedding a light and airy sun dress paired with some gorgeous strappy sandals (heels and beach weddings make for sore ankles) and don’t forget to plan on some cool air and breezes with a cardigan or light jacket.

And remember as Nina Callaway states “you won’t want a battle of wills between the wind and your modesty!”

I hope you noticed a trend in the hints listed, in case you missed them, here they are again: