Wedding season is well and truly here, and so is the age-old question… What am I going to wear?
Event dressing can be tricky enough, but wedding guest dressing is a veritable minefield. Because let’s face it, you don’t want to be the one that turned up in the wrong outfit and ruined the photos for everybody. The greatest day of someone’s life ruined because you turned up in last night’s clubbing outfit. Yikes.
Have no fear! There answers are here. Here are the top six rules to follow when you’ve rsvp’d yes to the wedding of the century. Or month. Maybe week. Well a wedding anyway.
Follow The Dress Code
When a bride and groom, actually when the bride (the groom wouldn’t mind if everyone came in their pj’s), yes when the bride chooses a dress code it sets the tone for the entire event. If she asks for cocktail wear then a beautiful knee length dress is perfect. Don’t wear an evening gown to a cocktail event. You may end up better dressed than the bride. That’s not ok.
Find Out The Wedding Colours
There isn’t a bride in the world who doesn’t want to tell you all about her amazing wedding! Every last detail, from the font on the invitations to the knot on the ribbon that’s tying the bonbonnieres. So when you ask what the wedding colours are she’ll be happy to tell you. Now, you’re not going to copy them that would be weird. You’re going to compliment them. So if the bride is wearing ivory and her bridesmaids are in navy blue, then you may choose a beautiful floral pattern with a navy accent. Don’t match, just compliment and certainly don’t clash.
Don’t Wear White
Never. Ever. Ever. Never Never! Never wear white to someone else’s wedding. Even if you’ve found out that the bride isn’t wearing white, you still can’t wear it. It’s too synonymous with bridal for anyone but the bride to wear. You will attract attention for all the wrong reasons and it will look inconsiderate and selfish. There are plenty of opportunities in life to wear white. Just not this time.
Don’t Show Too Much Skin
Time and time again I see young ladies in nightclub outfits at weddings. Your crop tops, cut out dresses, mini skirts, shorts and tube tops can stay in the draw until the next time you’re heading out dancing. Weddings are the type of events you get dressed up for. Yes there’s dancing at the reception, but it’s not a disco. It’s your dear friends special day and as a sign of respect, try and look respectful. Leave the leather and spandex at home and opt for something beautiful and stylish instead.
No Leopard Print
While we’re on the subject, say no to animal prints. Any and all animal prints. It’s just not the event for them. It’s far too easy to look trashing in animal print, so do yourself a favour and don’t take the risk. Leave the animal in you at home. Accessories included.
I say this every year before Melbourne Cup Day too, take a pair of fold up ballet flats with you. Oroton has gorgeous ones, and if you’re on a budget, so does the chemist. There are simply no excuses for traipsing around or dancing with no shoes on. If your mother hasn’t told you yet, it’s tacky. It makes you look tacky and the people you’re with look tacky.
Wayne by Wayne Cooper, Stella, Cue, Review, ASOS and Forever New have a wide range of evening wear at varying price points if you’re looking for something new. Remember that shape and fit are everything and stick with what suits your body shape. Wear colours that suit your skin tone so that you don’t look like death warmed up, and make sure you’re elegant outfit is comfortable.
To really make a day of it, relax and have your hair and makeup done too. And if you really want the day to feel special I suggest champagne and a bath bomb. You may not stand out from the crowd following these rules of etiquette, but at someone else’s wedding you’re really not supposed to. Go for stylish and stunning, no flashy and trashy.