What in the name of love should you wear to a wedding? Whether you’re new to these kinds of events or running out of ideas here’s an up to date style guide for wedding guests.
The nitty gritty details
Weddings can be pretty full on. If you’ve scored an invite to both the ceremony and reception you should consider if multiple outfits will be appropriate. Some couples have a casual outdoor ceremony and follow it up with a fancy reception venue, but others opt for a more casual, fully outdoor affair. There’s usually a break in between while the couple heads off for photos so you will have time to change if necessary.
Consider the fact you’ll be sitting - easily crushed fabrics like silks may wrinkle after long hours on a church pew or might even be snagged on hired furniture at an outdoor wedding.
Basing your outfit on the weather is boring, we know, but it’s also important. Do you know if there’ll be a garden gazebo to protect from rain and sun at the outdoor wedding? Or is the reception venue somewhere breezy like by the water? The solution could be as simple as bringing a jacket or parasol but you don’t want to be caught at the last minute searching for the perfect match. Thinking ahead on all these little details means you’ll choose a stunning and practical outfit.
Mirror the couple’s style
When it comes to fashion advice you can trust Adelaide’s top style destination, Rundle Place. Here’s how they make sure to always look just right at a wedding:
“Weddings can be super fun, but there's nothing worse than that sinking feeling when you realise you're totally over/under dressed.
What are the bride and groom like? Black and white might be your go-to colours, but if the happy couple are a little traditional, they might not appreciate you wearing either!
A garden wedding is a little more casual too, so think colours and florals for an outdoor ceremony, and something classy and elegant for a more formal wedding.
Skip the weekly shopping trips
The thing about a wedding is you have to wear something glamorous but it can’t be the same as last time if you’ll be seeing the same people. If you’ve got a long list of weddings to attend then multiple outfits will be in your future. Rather than shopping for wedding outfits every other week take yourself on one big shopping spree. Think of it like buying work clothes - you stock up and make it all the way through the season. You could always buy a few dresses, skirts or suits in advance that will leave you wedding ready at a moment’s notice. Make sure to store them properly in their own wardrobe from MyDeal bedroom to keep them looking and feeling brand new.
Google the dress code for a clearer idea
Designer and Milliner Jen Thorman is your best friend when it comes to wedding style. She says social media can be a brides best friend when getting the dress code just right.
“I'm in a unique position where I am a designer and pattern maker but I also work in events management, so I've either seen it all or I've designed for it.
My advice is to choose your gown or a picture of the aesthetic first and set your dress code accordingly. Just be clear about what your dress code means, you don't want uncle Bob turning up to your semi casual beach wedding wearing a suit jacket and tie with dress shoes, while you're cousin Sean is in stubbies and thongs because neither knew what Beach-Formal meant.
With brides being more and more aware of social sites such as Pinterest and Instagram to help them plan their wedding, it's also an opportunity to create and share mood boards that visually represent your dress code.
The undisputed rules
*Avoid wearing white; leave this one to the bride.
*Black can be stylish for an evening affair, but during the day make sure to dress it up with colourful accessories
*For religious ceremonies make sure to cover your shoulders. A simple wrap or shawl will do the trick.
*Steer clear of overly sexy attire
Going to the chapel and we’re gonna get married. Wedding style sounds much harder than it is. Pair the dress code and the vibe of the couple as your ultimate guide and we know you’ll look fantastic.