It's practically wedding season—even for those of us who don't have the bridal jitters. Being a wedding guest is an honor and always a treat. Thank the couple for asking you to be a part of their big day by adding to the atmosphere they've been dreaming. That means: yes, it does matter what you wear to a wedding, even if you aren't in the bridal party!
So what should you wear to a wedding?
Hint: the invitation should tell you.
As follows are some simple guidelines for what to wear to a wedding based off of the type of event the soon-to-be-wed have specified in their invitation, thanks to wedding tuxedo and suit style experts at The Black Tux.
What to wear to a Casual Wedding
– but, not too casual –
Sundress, or a skirt or pants with a nice blouse; everyday, natural makeup and hair.
Dress pants with a button-down shirt or polo.
What to wear to a Semiformal/Dressy Casual Wedding
– think "night on the town"–
Cocktail dress or a dressy skirt and top.
Suit and tie, dark for evening or light (e.g. tan or gray suit) for daytime events.
What to wear to a Beach Formal Wedding
– breezy, comfortable and weather-appropriate –
Formal (tea or knee length) summer sundress with flat sandals; natural, everyday makeup and hair.
Light-colored cotton or linen suit and line shirt (no tie required), linen pants or khakis.
What to wear to a Black Tie Optional Wedding
– dark and sophisticated –
Long dress, dressy suit or formal cocktail-length dress in a dark, neutral tone (brown, gray or black).
Tuxedo (e.g. navy or charcoal suit) or a formal dark suit and tie.
What to wear to a Black Tie Wedding
– basic formal –
Chic cocktail dress or a long evening gown in a dark, neutral color (brown or black).
Black or midnight blue tuxedo, white tuxedo shirt, black bow tie and a white pocket square.
What to wear to a White Tie Wedding
– the ultimate type of formal –
Full-length ball gown in a neutral color (brown or black); glamorous makeup and dramatic jewelry and hair are appropriate.
Tailcoat and black pleated tuxedo pants, white wing-tip tuxedo shirt, white waistcoat and bow tie with back leather shoes.