The etiquette for proper wedding guest attire can vary greatly depending on the style of the wedding. You'll have to become a little bit of a detective, but fear not. There are clues everywhere.
Start off with the invitation. Is it in flowing engraved black script on a heavy cream paper with formal language? Odds are the wedding will be similarly formal. Does it cheekily ask you to come see them get hitched? Wedding guests should look for a nice casual outfit. And of course, it may tell you directly on the invitation - black tie, casual attire etc.
Think about where the wedding is set – if it's outdoors avoid anything that will get caught in the wind – you won't want a battle of wills between the wind and your modesty! Avoid high heeled shoes that will sink in the sand or in the grass. If it's in a hot location avoid the suit and go for a breezy dress to help you keep your cool. Indoors at the country club or fancy restaurant? Make your outfit slightly more tailored and dressy.
- A fun floral dress
- Skirt and a sweater set with slingback shoes.
- Light colored suit – try to stay away from black, navy or anything that looks like you're going to the office.
- Beautiful hat that coordinates with your outfit.
- In the summertime, a light-colored suit, especially linen or seersucker.
- Winter weddings call for warmer clothing, including wool suits, a navy blazer with charcoal pants, and perhaps a sweater and tie underneath a blazer.
- A dress shirt, tie and dress pants is acceptable, but dress it up with a blazer if you can.
- If the invitation says formal, wear a dark suit. Tuxedoes are not appropriate before 6 pm. You can wear a traditional morning suit (as seen in this photo of David Beckham attending the Royal Wedding)
- Dress as you would if you were going out to the theater or to dinner.
- Cocktail dress – nothing too sexy but something fun to dance in. Black is fine.
- Dressy suit or a cocktail suit
- Wear darker colors and look for something sophisticated
- Avoid beads or sequins unless the invitation specifically says black tie
- A dark suit is always appropriate
- If the invitation says casual or semi-formal, you can wear a blazer and slacks with a nice tie.
- A cocktail dress, perhaps to the floor
- If you have a tuxedo, or just like wearing one, by all means do so.
- Otherwise, wear a dark suit. Dress as formally as you can.
- A formal dress, usually to the floor
- Bring out those beaded purses, fancy wraps and formal jewelry that's been waiting for an occasion such as this.
- Black tie weddings almost always involve dancing, so don't wear anything too constricting.
- A tuxedo is the only appropriate thing to wear. If it says creative black tie, he should still wear a tuxedo, perhaps with a black shirt or collarless white shirt.
- White. (This rule has relaxed some, and you can get away with wearing a printed dress with a white background and some cream colored clothing. Just be careful not to upstage the bride. Still, it's better to be safe than sorry so choose a different color.)
- Black to a daytime wedding
- Jeans, no matter how casual the wedding
- Anything too sexy or revealing
- Anything torn, with holes, stained, too big or too small for you!
- Anything sleeveless or strapless to a religious wedding. Bring a wrap or jacket to cover your shoulders.