Wedding season is quickly approaching, which means it’s time to start planning your dapper wedding attire. From the engagement party to the big day, and everything in between, it’s important to make sure that your outfit follows the appropriate “dress code” guidelines. So let’s dive into some important details to keep in mind when completing your perfect wedding look.
Things to Consider
Take into account the details on the wedding invitations. Often, the attire guidelines are listed on the invitations. Some might say that the attire is “black tie optional’ or “dressy-casual.” This will help determine your outfit and/or the style you’re going for. If you’re unsure or the invites don’t specify, ask the future Mr. and Mrs. what they envision the dress code to be at their wedding. They’ll be thankful that you did, and it’s always nice to know that their guests are looking forward to their big day.
What to Wear to an Outdoor Wedding
If the wedding takes place outdoors, there are a few things to consider. Find out if both the ceremony and reception are going to be outside. If it happens to take place outdoors, bring a sweater or light jacket to throw on in the evening in case the temperature starts to drop.
Brides-to-be: The temperature is a key factor with any outdoor wedding. If it’s a summer wedding, try to wear a lightweight dress. One that does not have too many layers or made of thick material. You’ll want to make sure the fabric breathes well and is comfortable throughout the entire day. If it’s a Fall or Winter wedding outdoors, the dress options are endless. Incorporate a fur shawl or coat to add an elegant look to your special day.
Grooms-to-be: The heat and humidity can be a big factor when deciding what you should wear on the big day. Instead of wearing a blazer, add some suspenders and a bow-tie for a trendy, elegant look. If the temperature is on the cooler side, throw on a nice blazer to uplift your look.
Female Wedding Guest Attire: A cocktail dress is the perfect option for an outdoor wedding. Depending on the location, pick out a comfortable pair of shoes that allow you to walk around easily and dance the night away!
Male Wedding Guest Attire: You can never go wrong with a simple button-down shirt with dress pant for an outdoor wedding. Choose a pattern for your shirt, such as a plaid or check, to make your casual look stand out.
What to Wear to an Indoor Wedding
When determining your outfit, an indoor wedding can be a lot less stressful to plan for. The only temperature you have to have to worry about is if the AC blasting. If you’re someone that tends to get cold when a draft sweeps through the room, plan ahead and bring an extra layer with you.
Brides-to-be: An indoor wedding gives you more options for your wedding day. From strapless to sleeves, the dress options are endless. Add a second dress to wear at your reception to “wow” your guests as you dance the night away.
Grooms-to-be: Whether it’s a “dressy-casual” or “black-tie optional” dress code the groom-to-be will want to wear some type of formal attire. Everyone looks great in a form-fitting tuxedo. Depending on the colorscheme of the wedding, a colored tuxedo jacket looks great in photos.
Female Wedding Guest Attire: You can get creative with your outfit for an indoor wedding. A floor-length dress or a bold color jumpsuit are great options, and can be spruced up with accessories. If you’re at the time in your life where you’re attending wedding after wedding, try out a renting service to save money while staying on trend.
Male Wedding Guest Attire: While you don’t want to upstage the bride or the groom, you should still look your absolute best. Emphasize the go-to blazer and dress pant look with either a sharp looking tie or pocket square.
When It's All Said and Done
Finding the right outfit for a wedding can be stressful, but it shouldn’t have to be. If you’re unsure, pick out a few options and show them to your friends or family for a second opinion. While looking good and following the “dress code” is important, all that matters is that you’re comfortable in what you’re wearing so you can have a good time celebrating!