By Sydney B.
Have you ever been invited to a wedding, but didn’t know what to wear? Or maybe you were over or under dressed for the wedding depending on the formalities?
With the help of David’s Bridal, I’m going to help you decipher the Do’s and Don’ts of what is appropriate attire for weddings based on the time of day. So let’s get started!
First, let’s begin with the breakdown of what’s appropriate for the right time of day:
Informal Daytime: Short dress or suit. Business attire is OK for morning weddings.
Informal Evening: A nice cocktail dress will do which is any dressier dress, for example, a little black dress that’s not full-length.
Semi-Formal Daytime: Short dress or suit
Semi-formal Evening: Cocktail dress
Formal Daytime: Short dress or suit.
Formal Evening or Black-Tie: Long or dressy short cocktail (beading, glam accessories, wrap)
Ultra-formal or White Tie: Long gown, extra glitz. Your furs and diamonds need to say faux or costume jewelry as most will not have.
Now let’s explore the Dos and Don’ts:
1. If you have to ask if it’s appropriate, it probably isn’t. Do use good judgment if the invitation doesn’t specify the formality of the event.
2. Don’t wear white because it competes with the bride. There are plenty of other colors available. This rule may seem outdated, but it’s actually just good etiquette to not compete with the bride on her special day.
3. Anything too sparkly will make you look overdressed. Don’t wear black or sequins during the daytime.
4. Don’t worry about wearing the same colors as the bridesmaids or mothers. You can’t possibly coordinate with everyone in the wedding party.
5. Club wear, overtly sexy clothing such as strapless, see-through, and more, does not belong at a wedding. A pastel suit or soft floral dress for daytime or a little black dress for evening, after 6 p.m., will take you almost anywhere.
6. Casual can mean a pretty sundress like for a coastal or beach wedding, but rarely means something as sloppy as jeans or shorts.
Well, that’s all I have for you today. Here’s a great fashion quote that I would like to leave you with: Coco Chanel said “Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions”.