Wedding Guest Style Guide 2017

Wedding Guest Style Guide 2017

It’s that time of year when we get together to celebrate our friends family tying the knot! Actually, to be honest, we are pretty well into wedding season. You might have already attended a spring wedding or two with a lineup of summer and early fall celebrations adorning your calendar.

Weddings are momentous occasions, and every couple has a special way of celebrating their day. Some want to keep their ceremony simple and intimate, while others prefer to have all the bells and whistles. Some choose traditional, religious ceremonies, while others would rather elope in Vegas. Every wedding is totally different.

As a guest, you know the couple whose wedding you are attending (err, most of the time), and you likely have an idea of how they envision their wedding.

But, it isn’t always crystal clear what they expect from their guests. Some invitations are descriptive. Others leave things up to interpretation.

When I’m a wedding guest, I like to have as much information as possible. From my experiences though, a lot of hosts aren’t great at telling their guests what to expect. I don’t know about you, but that gives me anxiety.  I’m the girl who has a bunch of questions to be answered and constantly needs them to be answered in case things change.

Kind of a struggle, and makes attending a wedding a little more stressful. 

While I can’t help reassure you about certain logistics the weddings you are attending, what I CAN help you with is making sure you look wedding appropriate and fashionable—no matter the type of wedding.

From subtle, flowy bohemian dresses to bright patterned frocks, here are some trendy wedding guest dresses that are my favorite! You’ll look effortlessly put together as a guest, and you definitely won’t upstage the bride. Depending on how much you want to spend, there are dresses ranging from $40-$300 that are wedding appropriate.

Dresses Under $100

Dresses Under $200

Dresses Under $300

If you’re in doubt about what to wear, you need to save this style guide by The Black Tux. They’re also a great place to rent a tuxedo that fits well and is fashion-forward. Wedding Guest Style Guide


If you’re not sure if a dress you love is appropriate for the occasion, here are some tips for tricky situations:

If you’re in doubt if your dress is too light or too close to white, don’t wear it. The last thing you want to do is show up in a dress that upstages the bride or is just too close to white. It’s safe to stay away, no matter how pretty the dress. 

If you wouldn’t want your mother to see you in that dress, it’s probably not a good choice for a wedding.  Save the risqué dresses with cutouts and mesh for the club. Unless they’re done very tastefully, they don’t really belong at a wedding ceremony. 

What kind of dresses do you generally wear when you attend weddings? Do you have any tips you want to share with TSL readers? Let us all know in the comments!

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