Tips and Ideas on What to Wear to a WeddingBy Angela Marshall, 11th Nov 2013
What to wear to a wedding is no longer simple, as it is becoming increasingly popular to get married on a beach, at a hotel, in the country. The wedding could be bohemian, vintage or a traditional style in a church.
What to consider
Firstly, consider what type of wedding this is – formal, ultra formal, traditional or themed e.g. Celtic with kilts. Secondly is it in a hot climate, in the city or the country?
Where is it being held – in a church, a hotel, on the beach or abroad.
What time of day – do you need a hat if it’s a formal mid-day wedding or if early evening then no hat but possibly a fascinator.
Whatever the type of event – think of maximum impact with minimal spend. Don’t overspend on an outfit you will not wear again. Tip: Quality accessories make an average outfit more expensive plus can jazz up an outfit.
How to look good whatever the occasion:
- Be well groomed – clean and well pressed clothes, manicured nails, hair neat and tidy, perfectly polished shoes
- Fits well – ensure the outfit fits you and suits your shape and colouring. Have alterations where needed.
- Quality Accessories – hat, jewellery, shoes, bag, cufflinks. Adds quality to a less expensive outfit.
- Prepare – Ensure you outfit is comfortable for sitting, dancing, day to evening
- Look feminine for women and a gentleman for men – something appropriate that shows respect for your hosts and that suits you
- Try everything on before the day and check out it all tones in
- Extras – ensure you have extra hosiery for emergency
Finally look in the mirror before you leave and when you attend the conveniences during the event.
What not to Wear
- Wearing all white if the bride is wearing white or all black outfit if during the day
- Too short or too sexy
- Too revealing – no bra and plunging neckline, thong or underwear on show
- Too casual or sloppy – wear appropriate fabrics e.g. no jeans, linen that creases and looks like a rag
- If a formal event – no short sleeve shirt
- Avoid sequins and sparkle in the daytime as you will look overdressed
- Poorly groomed – poor nails, unkempt hair, dirty or scuffed shoes
Ideas for outfits:
- Beach – Women – colourful dress, short or maxi. Men – a smart shirt, with colour, possibly a jacket or tuxedo depending on occasion and time of day
- Informal Daytime: Women – short dress, trouser outfit. Men – suit, smart trousers and shirt with a jacket
- Semi-Formal Daytime: Women – short dress, skirt or trouser suit. Men – smart suit or trousers and jacket and tie
- Formal Daytime: Women – short dress and coat or suit, hat & gloves. Men – dark suit, white or coloured shirt with toning smart tie
- Informal Evening: Women – short cocktail or maxi dress. Men – suit or jacket, coloured shirt with no tie
- Semi-formal Evening: Women – cocktail or maxi dress and smart jewellery. Men – smart coloured shirt, dark suit and coloured tie
- Formal Evening or Black-Tie: Women – glamorous long or short cocktail with sparkly accessories and a wrap. Men – a dark suit or a black tux with white shirt and black bow tie
- Ultra-formal or White Tie: Women – long evening gown, quality sparkle jewellery (especially diamonds). A glamorous wrap or furs. Men – a black tuxedo, white shirt, possibly white waistcoat and white tie, cumberband ( not with waistcoat) and patent shoes.