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Wear This, Not That! Your Guide on What to Wear to A Wedding

Updated: Jun 27, 2023

As a wedding planner, I see every guests that comes in the door and what they are wearing. Lately I've seen guests wearing white and that is a no-no (unless otherwise stated by the couple.) I was also a guest at a wedding and saw the planner wearing a white dress..NO MA'AM! Choosing what to wear to a wedding can depend on several factors. First, consider the dress code stated on the invitation. If there is no dress code, think about the time of day and location of the wedding. For daytime weddings, lighter colors and fabrics are appropriate, while darker colors and formal attire are expected for evening weddings.

AVOID WEARING WHITE, as it is typically reserved for the couple. Unless the couple asks specifically for you to wear white, steer clear! It's also important to consider the venue, such as whether the wedding is indoors or outdoors. Ultimately, choose something that makes you feel comfortable and confident while also showing respect for the happy couple and their special day. Follow these guidelines to help you decide what to wear to any wedding!


Black tie formal wear Black tie formal wear is a popular choice for weddings, especially for evening or winter events. A black tuxedo with a white dress shirt and a black bow tie or for a more feminine touch, a long formal gown or a cocktail dress. It's important to note that black tie dress code is more formal than semi-formal or cocktail attire, so guests should dress accordingly. Accessories such as jewelry, shoes, and clutches can also add a touch of elegance to the overall look.

Beach or Outdoor Wedding Wear Beach or outdoor wedding wear can be both comfortable and stylish. It is important to choose lightweight and breathable fabrics such as cotton or linen to combat the heat. Opt for outfits that are flowy and not too tight. For some, a linen suit or a simple button-down shirt with khaki pants can be a great option. Women can choose from flowy dresses, skirts, or jumpsuits in pastel or bright colors. Accessorize with minimal jewelry and comfortable sandals. Don't forget to apply sunscreen and bring a hat or sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun.

Semi-Formal (Cocktail Style) When it comes to choosing semi-formal attire for cocktail parties, there are a few guidelines to keep in mind. A suit and tie is typically appropriate, though a blazer and dress pants can also work. Women have more flexibility, but a cocktail dress or dressy separates are commonly worn. It's important to avoid anything too casual or too formal, and to keep accessories and makeup understated. Additionally, always consider the specific occasion and dress code provided, as these can vary.

Dressy Casual Wedding Attire Dressy casual wedding attire typically refers to a style of clothing that is less formal than black tie or formal attire, but still looks polished and put-together. This may involve a suit or blazer paired with dress pants and a collared shirt, while some guests may opt for a dress or separates in a dressy fabric and style. It's important to consider the specific details of the wedding and venue when choosing your dressy casual attire, as some weddings may lean more towards the dressy end of the spectrum than others.

Custom or themed wedding wear Custom or themed wedding wear can add a unique touch to any wedding celebration. From personalized brides party dresses to matching grooms person suits, work with designers or tailors to create one-of-a-kind outfits that reflect their individual styles and personalities. Themed wedding wear, such as vintage-inspired dresses or rustic-chic suits, can also add a cohesive and memorable element to the overall wedding aesthetic. Whether going for a traditional look or something more unconventional, custom or themed wedding wear can make the big day even more special.


Traditional Wedding Guests Attire for Different Religions


Different religions have their own traditional wedding attire for guests. In Hindu weddings, women typically wear brightly colored saris or lehengas, while men wear sherwanis or dhotis. For Muslim weddings, women often wear hijabs or abayas, and men wear traditional kurtas or sherwanis. Christian weddings usually have a more formal dress code, with women wearing elegant dresses and men wearing suits or tuxedos. In Jewish weddings, guests may wear traditional attire such as yarmulkes or tzitzit, and women may opt for modest dresses or skirts. Overall, it's important to respect the cultural and religious traditions of the wedding you are attending when choosing your attire.


Follow the couples directions on what to wear to their wedding. You do not want to be the talk of the day and not in a good way! HA! Hope these guidelines help you create a most fabulous look for a wedding.


Stay fab in the name of fashion,


Madison Elyse Events Team!

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