Some women, upon being invited to a wedding, start to worry right away about what to wear. The fact is that the wedding guest dress, for some, requires a lot of thought as they want to be sure that they do not choose attire that is inappropriate for the style of the wedding.
Here are some things to consider when choosing a wedding guest dress.
The Location of the Ceremony
Some couples get married in a very conservative church, temple or other place of worship. If this is the case, you will not want to choose a wedding guest dress that is too revealing or sexy. Doing so could be offensive to the family of the couple and to some of the other guests.
If you are not sure about what would be considered too sexy for their place of worship, it would be a good idea to ask one of the bridesmaids or, if appropriate, a family member of the bride and groom.
The Time of Day
Typically, a wedding that is held in the evening will be more formal than a daytime wedding. That being said, if the bride and groom are going all out and want a very formal affair, it should be stated on the invitation that dress is black tie.
Colors to Avoid
A wedding guest dress should not be white for obvious reasons. There are other colors that tradition would dictate should be avoided as well. For the same reasons that it is wise to avoid white, cream and beige should also be avoided.
Black is not considered by many to be appropriate for a wedding as it is traditionally the color of mourning. Red is considered too flashy and it is thought that wearing such a loud color could distract from the bride.
Also, a wedding guest dress should not be of the same color as the dresses of the wedding attendants.
Of course, as with many traditions, the ones about what colors are appropriate to wear to a wedding are often pushed to the wayside.
If you know the couple well, and are sure they will not have a problem with you wearing a wedding guest dress in black or red, then go for it. Be prepared, however, for the fact that some other guests may find your choice to be of bad taste.
The style of the wedding is one of the biggest factors to consider when choosing a wedding guest dress. Obviously, the choice will be far different for a casual beach wedding than for a formal church wedding. In fact, some weddings are so casual that no special attire would be required.
Often, the style is made clear by the invitations, but if you’re not sure, feel free to ask a bridal attendant.
A wedding guest dress just needs to be appropriate for the wedding and should not cause you to stand out from the crowd. Remember, it is the bride’s big day, and all eyes should be on her.