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What dress to wear to a wedding?

Door Emi Baldwin - Thursday 02 April 2015 | 14:42

What dress to wear to a wedding

So you have received a wedding invitation? How exciting! But dressing for a wedding is trickier than you first thought! What do you wear to someone else’s special day?

This poses quite the dilemma, you certainly can not wear white, nothing to short, nothing to drab, something special indeed, but of course not to outshine the bride herself. Now that goes without saying! You can’t go too overdressed, as not to steal the lime-light BUT you certainly can’t go underdressed. A good starting point is…to take a good hard look at the invitation – this is what you have to work with – these snippets of information are key to helping you find the perfect dress to wear to a wedding, so you can look like the perfect wedding guest.

Take note – is there a dress code or any other essential information that will aid you towards finding that perfect party dress for the “evening do” or are you invited to the wedding itself as well? Indeed this may pose as more of a challenge, if you have to find a versatile dress that is both suitable for the ceremony itself (lets face it – this is usually around lunchtime) and then again perfect for the wedding breakfast, dinner, or canapes hour but also for the evening party.

Location, location, location

This is actually a very important factor to consider when choosing your outfit. Will you be inside or braving the elements outside? Then think about your accessories working with the rest of your outfit and check that you have something to cover yourself up if its a bit nippy out, you still want to look good in the photos. Certainly if it is a beach wedding or if the climate is very hot, perhaps is it then wise to steer clear of skyscraper heels!

“Save the date”

When is the wedding? Spring, summer, come rain or shine, this is something that is worth taking into consideration. Saying that, we all know how unpredictable the British weather can be, so a solution to this, is to wear a dress with short sleeves or a bandeau style dress which you can layer a jacket or coat on top of.

Will the day involve a lot of standing around or walking? Then think about your poor feet, they are the ones that will suffer here! A solution is, to take an extra pair of ballet pumps with you or if it is going to be a hot day consider a pair of stylish sandals.

 Don’t forget to try on your whole outfit before the day!

Before the wedding day make sure you try on your dress, walk around in it, get a feel for it and check out what happens when you sit down, does it still look good? This may sound simple, but there is nothing worse than putting on your dress just before you leave and discovering it doesn’t fit, there’s a stain, it doesn’t match your shoes…(insert whatever stressful discovery you can think of here). So better to be prepared!

How well do you know them? This is something which can oh so easily be overlooked, but is worth thinking about. Do the couple have a particular style?

BUT even if the couple have a particular or alternative style, it is after all their wedding day after all, so certainly some stops will be pulled out and therefore this idea of the couples “style” is more a suggestion to keep in mind. It won’t be a totally casual affair unless they say so! But no jeans..again…unless they say so.

Black tie, white tie…what?!

This is something to really consider and it can make this task a little easier for you. But if it doesn’t and you’re still not sure then there is no shame in asking around. Black tie is not as formal as White tie, but men are expected to wear a suit and nowadays this is can be funked up a bit with a waistcoat or a skinny tie.

And what does that mean for us ladies? Think along the lines of cocktail dresses, party dresses, around knee-length (as a rough guide) is a good option.

If the dress code is White tie and this is the most formal dress code. Then the men are expected to “tux n tails it” and us ladies need to think about more formal evening dresses and depending on the couple’s style it is even a possibility to look at prom style dresses, especially for the evening do.

dress to wear to a wedding

To help you on your way we have gathered a selection of gorgeous dresses for weddings…nice ‘ehy! We can always rely on Ted Baker for gorgeous floral prints, Elise Ryan for classic chic and Coast for elegance.


So what are the Do’s & Don’ts for a dress to wear to a wedding?


– think about your choice of colour, wear a colour that compliments the bridal party and does not clash with it!
– stick to the dress code.
– pack your spare pumps or flats.
– take spare tights in your handbag just in case you get a ladder, best to be prepared.


– wear the same colour as the bridal party.
– don’t wear white, if you’re doubting if your dress is white, then it is, so don’t wear it.
– too short dresses are a no go.
– too high heels, so that you can’t even walk, let alone dance in.
– go too sexy, this is a big faux pas at a wedding. You don’t want to be “that” girl.
– Jeans are a definite no no

Take a look at what dresses for weddings we have found, but if you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for there, then take a look at another category that might suit, such as, party dresses, evening dresses or even summer dresses.


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