What to wear to a wedding and what not?

Deciding what to wear to a wedding is hard, especially if you haven’t been to many weddings.

Your first guidelines would be the location and time of the wedding also on the wedding invite or RSVP.

 The bride and groom should set a dress code for the event such as black tie, semi-formal, or cocktail attire.

And just to be clear, here’s what that means:

– Black tie - men should wear a tuxedo or dark suit, and the ladies should wear an evening gown or formal dress. Avoid wearing red.

– Semi-Formal - men should be in a suit or jacket and the ladies should be in an elegant dress or suit.

– Cocktail Attire - a dark suit for the men and a pretty cocktail dress for the ladies.

The old classic rule - never wear white (or cream/ivory) to someone else’s wedding. And the same goes for the gentlemen as you don’t want to upstage the groom, don’t wear a black suit or tuxedo, unless it is a formal or black tie dress code.

All black for the ladies also isn’t the best idea, it is a happy occasion, celebrating love so it’s better to go for a brighter colour scheme. See through or very sexy and revealing outfits are considered unappropriated. You also have to be careful with sequins, shine or glitter as they are classed as very formal.

Dresses and skirts should be at least fingertip length and if there will be a church ceremony, make sure you bring something to have your shoulders covered. Wear a small bag.

Jeans or shorts are never appropriate, unless else specified, and no open footwear for the gentlemen. At the most casual event you would be expected to wear long trousers, collared shirt, may be a tie for the ceremony. And for the ladies a simple modest dress. Distressed clothes and animal prints are a ‘no-no’.