With wedding season just around the corner, chances are you need to buy some new wedding guest gowns. You need to make sure that you are purchasing a dress that is appropriate for the type of wedding you will be attending. There are so many styles of dresses to wear to a wedding that you may feel a bit overwhelmed.
Of course, you don’t want to draw attention away from the bride. Nor do you want to show up underdressed for a formal wedding, or overdressed for a casual wedding. We have gathered some tips from the experts on how to find the right style dresses for wedding guests.
Tips On Finding Wedding Guest Gowns
1.Do Not Upstage The Bride
This should be obvious. However, you might get a bit carried away when shopping for your bridal guest dress. Steer away from dresses with sequins and ruffles galore. You don’t want to draw attention away from the bride. Remember this is her day so steer away from prom dresses or something that might confuse you with the bridal party.
2.Do Not Wear Black
A wedding is not a wake and you should never wear black to a wedding. If you are attending a summer or spring wedding, you should opt for bright or pastel shades. If you must wear black, dress it up with a brightly colored wrap or fun accessories.
3.Dress For The Season
Obviously, you don’t want to wear a heavy taffeta dress in the dead of summer, especially for an outdoor wedding. Nor do you want to wear a sundress to a winter wedding. The same applies for time of day. Usually evening weddings are more formal, while daytime weddings are a bit more casual. There are exceptions to this rule of course as every wedding is unique. Pay close attention to the invention for hints as how to dress for the big event.
4.Don’t Show A Lot of Cleavage
Weddings are family affairs and there will most likely be children present so do not wear an outfit that is low cut or revealing. As well, you want to show respect to the bride and groom and their families.
You don’t want to wear a skin tight dress that will inhibit you on the dance floor. Nor do you want any “wardrobe malfunctions” either so may certain that your dress will something that will not slip or show too much while you are shaking it up on the dance floor!
5.Wear Comfortable Shoes
You never know how much standing or walking you will have to do at the wedding so it is always wise to wear comfortable shoes. And don’t forget about dancing!
How To Dress According To The Wedding Invitation
This means that “anything goes” baring jeans and shorts of course, unless otherwise stated. A good idea as to what “wedding casual’ entails is that is similar to “business casual” A sundress or skirt and blouse is appropriate or a dressy pants suit. Your hair and make-up should be natural and not overstated.
Your attire for a semi formal wedding should fall somewhere between casual and more formal. Lighter colors and fabrics are best for a daytime wedding while darker colors and more formal attire are appropriate for an evening event. A cocktail dress or dressy top and skirt is recommended.
Beach Formal Wedding
Beach formal suggests an elegant affair. However, keep in mind that you will be outside on the beach so take factors such as sand, sun and water into consideration. Think something along the lines of what you would wear to a romantic night out on a summer’s eve such as a classy sundress with sandals. Hair, makeup and accessories should be natural and pretty.
Formal entails something a little more elegant and sophisticated. Not quite black tie but still classy. A dress with a long skirt, a tasteful dress suit or a tasteful cocktail dress in subdue tones should suffice.
Black Tie Wedding
Next to white tie, black tie is the most formal dress attire that usually suggests an evening wedding. You should wear a classy cocktail dress or evening gown in neutral colors such as black, grey or brown.
White Tie Wedding
White tie weddings are the epitome of the formal occasion. You should wear something akin to what you would see on the Red Carpet. Think full length, elegant ball gowns in neutral colors. You can go a bit overboard on your make-up, hair and jewelry for a white tie wedding.
Of course, you may be invited to a theme wedding and the above rules not apply. However, the majority of these rules hold true for every occasion. Should you have to dress according to a certain theme, it should be detailed on the wedding invitation.
Keep these tips in mind while you are shopping for wedding guest gowns and you will fit right in. Remember most of all to dress comfortably and stay true to your personality. The most important rule is to not draw the eyes off the bride. And most of all have a good time!