Weddings involve a lot of preparation. The bride and groom must secure a venue, create a guest list, and pick out décor. Guests buy gifts, book plane tickets, and adjust their schedules. However, the number one priority is always fashion. A big wedding can end up being the style event of the season. Given the sentimental value of the day, along with the numerous pictures being taken, everyone wants to look great. Whether you’re a guest, part of the bridal party, or the bride, here’s everything you need to know about wedding fashion.
As a wedding attendee, your main job is to be respectful of the ceremony. It’s important that you take the time to look nice for the event, styling your hair and wearing formal clothes. For women, a nice cocktail dress is usually appropriate. If dresses aren’t really your thing, a fitted suit can look both sophisticated and modern. In many circles, it’s considered insensitive to wear white to another woman’s wedding. Men should wear a suit, tie, and dress shoes.
Occasionally, the attire rules outlined above may not make sense based on the venue. For instance, shoes may not be required for a beach wedding. Additionally, if the ceremony is being held at a place of worship with a strict dress code, opt for modest attire just to be safe.
While you have little choice in your attire as a member of the bridal party, you will still make several decisions in regards to your hair, makeup, and accessories. Your main objective should be to compliment the look of the bride and groom. Crazy hairstyles or super bright makeup will distract from the couple. When in doubt, ask the bride or groom how they would prefer to have the bridal party look. When in doubt, try to look clean and polished.
It’s becoming more common for a bride to select the color of the bridesmaid dresses and allow each woman to choose their own dress style. This is a great way to make sure everyone feels comfortable during the ceremony. If a bride gives you the option to choose your own dress style, she likely wants you to pick the style in which you feel the most beautiful. As a bridesmaid, this is one of the only times you should consider what you want over what the bride wants.
For the bride, there are no major fashion rules besides being true to your own personal style. You don’t even have to wear white if you don’t want to. Your wedding will likely be the most important day of your life, so don’t worry about pleasing everyone else. Wear something that makes you feel elegant. Just be sure that your dress is genuinely reflective of your style and not some passing trend. On your 25th anniversary, you want to be able to look at the photos from your wedding day without any regrets.
Dressing for a wedding can sometimes be stressful. Use these tips for some guidance and try to focus on enjoying the event!