Be The Best Dressed Wedding Guest

Be The Best Dressed Wedding Guest

Wedding Season is amongst us, especially for those who are in their mid to late twenties. I'm 28 and with that I have been invited to four weddings this year, that is when you know you're getting old, literally everyone has the wedding bug. So far I have attended one of four weddings and I find myself in the same predicament as before when searching for that perfect dress/outfit to suit the occasion. So why is it so hard finding a wedding outfit? Is it the pressure of knowing that the photos taken from that special day will be around forever? Forever meaning your friends photo frame placed on top of the fireplace in their sitting room or printed in their wedding album. Or does the pressure formulate from not attending that many formal events annually so it's alien to us to dress up that formally for that one occasion. Or maybe it is the fact that formal dresses are a rare breed meaning there are just not enough styles for us to choose from, making it that extra bit harder to find that perfect one.
I find that I start to hesitate,(and this is a typical reoccurrence in general life), when I am shopping for a particular item I need, the odds are, I will never find it. I have to search far and wide, in multiple stores, try on various dresses to see which seasonal styles actually flatter my current body shape until I cut out the ones that are a definite no! Online shopping for a wedding outfit in my opinion is a NO NO!Why?, because the likelihood is that you will be spending that little bit more cash on this particular outfit and to ensure you don't waste your own time, you need to try everything on before purchasing. My main advice to those in the same scenario as me is, give yourself plenty of time to find a wedding outfit, do not, I repeat do not leave it to the very last moment, you will regret it, trust me I have been there, done that, got the t-shirt. Never again.

The main inspiration towards this post is that I wanted to offer style advice for those that have found it as difficult as I have to put together a wedding outfit. I wanted to pass on my knowledge to what I have learnt of the Do's and Don'ts when putting together your wedding guest outfit, with this guidance you will be on your way to potentially being the best dressed wedding guest for the next future wedding!

  • Plan ahead in advance, this may mean window shopping, searching online or even just imaging what you would ideally want to wear to this upcoming wedding. That way it will be an easier shopping process and a more pleasurable, non-stressed, overall experience altogether.
  • Make sure you wear an outfit that suits the wedding location, this means dressing appropriately to the weather conditions and the destination itself. For example; Wear lighter materials for weddings abroad especially if they are in hot countries, also keep in mind what footwear would be most appropriate, also remember to bring sunglasses!
  • Choose sandal stilettos over wedges unless it is a beach wedding or worn with a maxi dress. A sandal stiletto heel is a lot classier than blocked heels and is seen as more formal.
  • Find the dress first then coordinate the accessories after.
  • Your outfit accessories must include a fascinator or headpiece, clutch bag and heels that coordinates or interlinks with the overall outfit colour scheme you are going for, make this your key components on your check list
  • Try a Updo hair style!This looks pretty glam when done right.
  • Go for a smart tailored suit especially one in a neutral or vibrant colour, if you really can't face wearing a dress.
  • Keep makeup natural, bright lipsticks can also work!
  • Stick to floral prints, maxi dresses or midi dresses, you can never go wrong with these styles.
  • Recommend clutch bags for this design exists primarily for these kind of occasions, if you really don't fancy carrying a clutch bag all day try a small shoulder chain bag.

  • Wear black, this is not a funeral or the death of your friends/family members single life as some like to say, stick to fresh, vibrant, happy colours. Keep you dark wardrobe colour palette for Winter. *Unless it's the Grecian styled designer dress from look 1.
  • Wedding hats, unless your above the age of 45+ or if you are the Mother of the Groom or Bride, leave it to her to wear that statement wedding hat, don't steal her thunder, stick to fascinators or headpieces.
  • Wear WHITE, this should actually be number one, nobody unless told to should EVER wear white to a wedding, this is just common sense.
  • Ever do clash colours, fluorescent colours or animal prints.
  • Over do it with accessories, jewellery and headwear. Either go for the statement earrings or wear a fascinator do not do both.
  • Wear bodycon dresses, mini skirts, anything above the knee, this is a wedding not a nightclub remember!
  • Instant Tan, you don't want to look like a Umpa-Lumpa in photos or at the wedding if you feel like you need a tan, book a spray tan in advance or if the wedding is abroad get your tan game on before the ceremony as a natural tan is way better than a fake one!
  • Over do it on the makeup, go for a timeless look.
  • Leave it last minute to organise your outfit.
  • Have chipped nail varnish nails, remove the old polish and go bare or get your nails done in advance.
  • Forget to bring bag, I made this mistake before thinking I can't find a formal handbag to go with my outfit so I just won't bring one on the day this resulted in me carrying a plastic bag all day, not a great look!
Below I have created two wedding looks, one is luxury designer meaning super expensive, (WAY out of my budget)but still inspiring to see and the other is a look from high-street brands at affordable prices. Use this as a visual inspiration guide for when you need it for any upcoming weddings.

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