Wedding season and summer go hand in hand. With the warm weather here for the summer, the question of what to wear to a wedding always lingers in the air. Is it too fancy? Is it too casual? Can I wear that colour? So many questions! With so many questions, we have compiled a list of some key Do's and Don'ts for Wedding Attire to help with the decision process.
What Colours Can I Wear?!
Be sure to read your invitation! Many couples now will specify the wedding attire they would approve of at their special day. We strongly believe that it never hurts to be a little more overdressed, than underdressed. Better safe than sorry, we always say! If the invitation does not have any specifications, as a general guideline, we recommend staying away from wild patterns, as you do not want to attract more attention than the bride. We also recommend restraining from wearing too short of dresses - especially on the dance floor ladies. Black was traditionally a tabu colour to wear, but now, it is completely acceptable for both men and women. We all love our little black dresses! In addition, the biggest no-no when it comes to wedding attire, is to show up in white. Avoid white like the plague as a guest - even to rehearsal dinners or engagement parties.
Location, Location, Location!
Attire and location go hand in hand. If the ceremony is taking place in a Church, perhaps choose a dress that covers your shoulders, or have a shawl ready for that special day. Also be wary of too much leg or cleavage, for religious reasoning within the Church.
Be cautious on your shoe choice when it comes to outdoor weddings as well. 6 inch stiletto shoes do not always work well as you are crossing damp grass or gravel.
If the invitation you received specified a dress-code, be sure you are abiding by that guideline. Perhaps for a backyard wedding, it may request Smart Casual, neat and professional looking, yet still informal. A black-tie affair may require a tux and ballgown.
We are all have some wonderful weddings coming up this summer and can't wait to put on cute summer dresses (yes, including that super cute black one we have in the back of our closet), but remember to abide by guidelines laid out in the invitations. If no attire is specified, be cautious of venue and religious ceremonies which may alter your dress choice.