What To Wear To A Wedding

Once you hit a certain age, you become inundated with wedding invitations as all your friends begin to tie the knot and settle down. Weddings can be a lot of fun and a great opportunity to catch up with old friends, but they can also cause a lot of ‘what do I wear’ anxieties, and not just for the bride. Follow this simple wedding guest style guide and you’ll never put a foot wrong.


Is it a summer wedding?

Summer weddings are especially popular these days, with many opting to aim for outdoor ceremonies. They’re also probably the most fun to dress for, with the high street full of pretty floral frocks that will work perfectly for a wedding guest. When it comes to summer wedding styles, opt for bright, colourful dresses with sandals, flats or modest heels. If the wedding is being held outside, keep in mind that heels may sink into grass, so flats may be a safer and less irritating option. Keep it tasteful and modest and stay away from very short hemlines and low cut tops; this isn’t the time or place!

If the ceremony is taking place in the daytime, avoid black, and remember that anything overtly glitzy will probably look a bit out of place.

Although it may be tempting to try something a little more daring than a pretty dress, you risk looking underdressed if you go for anything with trousers and you’re not a man. Aim for chic and sophisticated, but not too out there, and you should be fine.

Winter weddings

If the wedding is taking place in frostier months, be careful to balance comfort and style. You don’t want to stand shivering, miserable and turning blue in the photographs, so opt for long sleeved dresses, tights or stockings and a warm cardigan or pashmina on top to keep you cosy.

Evenings and receptions

If you’ve been invited to an evening wedding or reception, it’s perfectly acceptable to wear black or something a little more night time-appropriate. Cocktail length dresses are usually the best bet.


It goes without saying, of course, that white must be avoided at all costs, unless you want to incur the wrath of an angry bride, and draw some unwanted whispers from your fellow guests.

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