What to wear to a Spring wedding:
Spring Wedding Guest Dresses: Cocktail Attire
Spring Wedding Guest Dresses: A Black Tie Affair
When in doubt, you can also always go for a classic Little Black Dress–they are always suitable for pretty much every occasion–whether it’s black tie or cocktail. Lord + Taylor even has their own LBD section right here!
Spring Day vs Night Wedding:
One thing to note is that if the wedding is during the day, you can get away with dressing a little less formal than if it were at night. Also consider the setting–while a a barn, backyard, garden, glitzy hotel and country club might all be “cocktail” attire, for example, you can easily feel great wearing a more casual floral sundress to one, whereas you’ll probably feel underdressed wearing that to a fancy hotel. Also, if the wedding is outdoors at night, it’s always a good idea to bring a wrap like this one just in case it gets chilly!
Spring Wedding Guest Accessories:
I absolutely ADORE this little pearl clutch–it’s the perfect size (you don’t need very much stuff with you for a wedding!) It fits a couple lipsticks and your phone, and also has a little gold chain if you want to carry it as a cross-body. I think it’s so different and beautiful! Plus, it goes with everything!
You will rarely see me at a wedding not wearing a pair of nude colored heeled sandals–9 times out of 10, they’re the most ideal choice! Invest in one good pair that you’ll wear all wedding season long for years to come. Here are my two favorite pairs:
Steve Madden Carrson sandals: What I’m wearing here–these are also super comfortable (I mean, as comfortable as heels can get)–they are very similar in shape to the Yaro sandals, with a chunkier heel, making them ideal for both indoor and outdoor weddings!
The Sam Edelman Yaro sandals are awesome and get my pick for the perfect wedding shoes. They’re minimalistic (so they go with everything and let your dress do the talking) and are comfy as far as heels are concerned. I have them in cork but also want to get them in regular nude!
Ah, the age old question. Can you wear flats to a wedding? Of course you can! If you’re able to, I’d personally swing for a TINY bit of a heel, just because they look so much cuter and more fitting with a formal dress than straight up flats, but if you can’t have any heel, that’s okay too!
Favorite shoe picks:
Other Wedding Guest Attire FAQ’s:
Can you wear a red dress to a wedding? I’ve heard that’s taboo!
I think this probably stems from certain cultures where the bride wears red, OR from old-school notion that guests shouldn’t wear bright colors so as to not draw attention away from the bride. I’ve worn red to weddings before and it’s a pretty common color that you see, so I would say unless you are attending a wedding where the bride will likely wear red, I wouldn’t worry about it!
The only color you need to worry about is white–NEVER wear white–that’s just for the bride!
If you had to pick one dress to buy that would be the most versatile for different types of weddings, what would it be?
A mid-length cocktail dress, like the one I’m wearing above! That, or any LBD–I think there wouldn’t be any instance where you would be inappropriately dressed wearing an LBD!
Do you have any advice when it comes to buying footwear for wedding season?
You definitely want something comfortable and versatile that will work for all kinds of settings. A nude sandal with a chunky heel or a wedge is definitely going to be your best bet–keep in mind, stilettos don’t work for any outdoor settings because they’ll sink in the grass or sand!
Can I wear a jumpsuit to a wedding?
You definitely CAN wear a jumpsuit to a wedding if you’re the kind of person who loathes dresses. However, it really does need to be the RIGHT jumpsuit, otherwise you’ll look too casual and out of place. A feminine cut in drapy fabric is great. Also, black always looks more formal than any other color. You’ll definitely want to wear it with a heel to offset the fact that jumpsuits are just more casual in general–flats would look too dressed-down and can run the risk of looking frumpy.
Is there anything totally off limits when it comes to what to wear to a wedding?
The only thing TOTALLY off the table is white. Honestly, even wearing a super pale color (very pale yellow, nearly white blush, for example) can be awkward because it certain light people will think you’re wearing white! If you’re the kind of person who might be self-conscious about that, just steer away from any color that could be interpreted as white.
I would also be mindful of the setting–I’ve attended a 3pm church wedding before where girls were wearing outfits that looked more suitable for a Vegas bachelorette party–I want to drape my shawl over them like GIRL PUT SOME CLOTHES ON. 😂But also, if your mom or grandmother would give you the eyebrow raise at something you’re wearing–everyone else’s mom and grandmother is going to do the same! This doesn’t mean you should choose your clothing based on other people’s opinions–but you should be respectful and aware of what is and isn’t appropriate.
Do you have any more wedding guest attire questions? Leave them below!