Do’s and Don’ts of Wedding Guest Attire

Do's & Don'ts of Wedding Guest Attire | Maternity & Non-Maternity Dresses Included

Wedding season is super fun! It is packed with good times, fun memories and the chance to celebrate your friend or family members jumping into a brand new chapter in their life. You all know me by now and know that I absolutely love, love. It's my favorite thing  in the world and watching a bride walk down to her new hubby almost always brings me to shed a tear. Tears of happiness of course! Going to Summer weddings are some of the best highlights of the season, but even as a fashion blogger I still sometimes struggle with what to wear.. Will I  be too dressed up? Will I stand out too much? Am I going to match the bridesmaids? And the list goes on. Although you obviously can't plan for every single detail at someone else's wedding I do think there are some really basic do's and don'ts of wedding guest attire that everyone needs to take into consideration.

Do's & Don'ts of Wedding Guest Attire | Maternity & Non-Maternity Dresses Included

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Do Consider the Season & Location

This Knowing how to dress for the season and the many different locations weddings take place at is super important. I'll be honest, I am not against wearing black to wedding no matter what the season, but there are super simple ways to dress it up for that season that definitely help make it pop. If you're wearing an all black dress to a Spring or Summer wedding make sure to add a pop of color with your shoes, bag or jewelry to help bring in the season. I'm also not against wearing a bright dress to a winter wedding just again, make sure to pair with a blacks to help tone it down a bit. I'm a bug fan of floral print and chiffon combined which i do think is the perfect dress for a Spring or Summer wedding. The adorable print pops and the light fabric is great for hot outdoor locations.  My tip, don't over think the color too much just make sure to bring in some pieces for that specific season and you'll be good.

Wedding locations have totally grown in the last 20 years and are no longer just at churches or banquet halls so it's crucial in knowing where you'e going to know how to dress. For instance, if the location is a barn or huge outdoor (lawn) area, make sure to have appropriate shoes so you're not sinking into the grass or ruining your favorite heels on a dirt road. If the wedding is located on top of a mountain in Colorado during the month of December make sure you have a pretty shawl or faux fur coat to keep those arms warms. If you're off to a beach wedding opt for cute and classy sandals or wedges to allow for easy walking on the sandy beach. No matter the location, don't be naive and find yourself wishing you came more prepared because you'll be wanting the night to end which is never something you should feel at a wedding.

{I did a post on what to wear to a winter wedding here.}

Don't Wear White

This seems like such an obvious one to me, but I for some reason still see this happening way too much. Whatever you wear, do NOT wear white. Wearing white on someone else wedding I think is bad luck for your own personal love life. Like come on, white? The bride is the only one the should be wearing white unless of course the bride herself specifically asks other to wear it. Be careful with dresses that have white in them as well because you just don't want to be that girl.

My tip: if white is the overall main color of the dress, skip it. For example, if the dress backdrop is white with floral design, skip it. If thee is big chunks of white paneling on the side or front, skip it. If it's a color block dress with white on the top or bottom paired with another color, skip it. Just be save and literally choose almost any other color but white and you'll be good.

Don't Outshine the Bride

This is something I never ever try to do and no woman should. Outshining the bride on her special day is crazy and not a move towards #girlpower at all. Like stated above, obviously wearing white is a big no, no. I also think wearing a bright sexy red is a fashion don't as well. Red is a color of sass, boldness and sexiness and you should not be trying to get all eyes on you when it comes to someone else wedding. I also think wearing overly tight or really short dresses and skirts is something to stay away from. Wearing a low back is something I love so much, but I don't think it's appropriate for wedding attire, not even if it's on a beach. Someone else's special love day is not a time for you to break out the sexiest dress you own. Showing lots of skin or wearing a bright red bold dress is something you can do at any other event or special day, but not a wedding.

 

 

Do's & Don'ts of Wedding Guest Attire | Maternity & Non-Maternity Dresses Included
Do's & Don'ts of Wedding Guest Attire | Maternity & Non-Maternity Dresses Included

Do Take a Moment to Show Off

Although I am totally against out shining the bride on her special day, I am not against showing off some of your favorite accessories, shoes or more at a wedding. Taking the time to get glam and really take it to the next level with hair or makeup that you wouldn't wear everyday is super fun and I think shows that you put a lot of effort into that persons day and event. Have fun with the jewelry pieces and shoes that you can't rock during the week or finally try out that fun new hairstyle for the Summer season. Weddings are the perfect excuse to be a little extra as long as you are keeping yourself in check (if you know what I mean).

Do Think of Comfortable Shoes

If you're anything like me and love to get down on the dance floor then having comfortable shoes is key. Make sure you wear a pair that works for long hours or honestly, I am all for bringing a pair of back up shoes or sandals to throw on when the night starts to get later and the dancing starts to really take off. Again, also think of location. If you are wearing your favorite stilettos to a brand wedding you will be pretty annoyed at the end of the night looking down and seeing how dirty the heel is from sinking into the grass. Wear the right shoe for the location and wear the right shoe for the type of person you are. It's no fun being uncomfortable or wanting to sit all night just because your feet are in pain.

Do's & Don'ts of Wedding Guest Attire | Maternity & Non-Maternity Dresses Included
Do's & Don'ts of Wedding Guest Attire | Maternity & Non-Maternity Dresses Included

Do Wear a Smile

It might be easy for me to say because I love, love and can't imagine being in a bad mood at a wedding, but please don't wear a frown. Celebrating two lives joining together is something that is so beautiful and so special. You may not be best friends with them, you may not be married yourself, or you may have just had a really bad morning/day, but try to put that all behind you and really focus in on the to getting married. Put a smile on, have a fun drink and dance the night away. You all know that I truly believe happiness is a mindset so putting a smile on your face will lead you to being a happier you no matter the circumstances.

Don't Party Too Hard

We all know that person who has just a little bit too much fun at a wedding... Don't let it be you! Partying the night away is such a fun thing to do especially if its a wedding with your family or all of your closest friends, but try to keep it in check. You don't want to be the person everyone talks about the next day or the person everyone reminisces about for years to come. I remember weddings with girls crying or arguing with their boyfriends because they both had too much to drink. That embarrassing for you and that's super rude to the couple. Have fun, drink, but drink responsibly!

 

Do's & Don'ts of Wedding Guest Attire | Maternity & Non-Maternity Dresses Included
Do's & Don'ts of Wedding Guest Attire | Maternity & Non-Maternity Dresses Included
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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Ashley
    May 17, 2018 at 12:23 am

    All GREAT tips. I have ONE MORE TIP: be the first one on the dance floor! That is my favorite thing to do at weddings! Love the post! xx

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      everydaychiffon
      May 17, 2018 at 12:59 pm

      Girl, I couldn’t agree more with this!! Love it 🙂

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