We all get stuck once in a while when deciding what to wear to a wedding. Is the traditional rule of not wearing white to a wedding still followed? Is a short dress or long dress more acceptable? Generally, there are several unwritten rules for wedding wear depending on the time of day the couple says "I do" as well as how formal or informal the wedding is going to be.
Usually, you'll want to wear a dress when attending a wedding as a guest. Unless you are attending a formal wedding, it doesn't need to be a full-length gown. Looking at colors, you ask? A white dress is always off limits. Try to stay away from cream, too. Afterall, you shouldn't be trying to compete with the bride. The rule may be super traditional, but there are plenty of other colors available. Don't worry about wearing the same colors as the bridesmaids or mothers either; besides white, there are so many colors. You won't match everyone in the wedding party.
If you have to second guess yourself and ask yourself if the outfit you want to wear is appropriate, it probably isn't. Anything in the same category as clubwear doesn't belong at a wedding. Trust us, the awkward feeling is not worth it.
Dressing casual for a wedding, or even semi-casual can mean many things. Casual can mean wearing a pretty sundress, but does not mean wearing jeans or shorts is appropriate. A pastel suit or soft dress for the daytime, or a little black dress for evening (think after 6 p.m.) are two essential items and will take you almost anywhere.
Here are a few guidelines to follow ~
Informal Daytime: Short dress or suit (business attire is okay for morning weddings)
Informal Evening: Cocktail dress (or any dressier dress, for example, consider wearing a little black dress that is not full-length or a simple cocktail dress with a little something to dress it up.)
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 (think intricate beading, sparkly + glam accessories, and a wrap or shawl to keep warm for those cool nights)
Ultra-formal or White Tie: Long gown with extra glitz + sparkle (think about wearing bold costume jewelry, faux diamonds and maybe a fur or fur shawl.)
When you open your closet + look at the colors in your wardrobe, it's important to think about colors! Think about the colors of the season, what you feel comfortable wearing and go from there. Happy wedding!