There is plenty to take into consideration – the time of year, the time of day, formal or not… is it possible to ever get it right? Following on from Catwalk Queen’s style help in finding the perfect day cocktail dress for a wedding guest, here are some tips for guestwear, starting off with a few things your guests should never, ever, do.
Hat by Philip Treacy.
1. Never, ever, ever, wear white. It is the rudest thing you could possibly do at a wedding and the bride will never speak to you again.
2. There is only one bride so never, ever, ever, ever wear your own wedding dress to someone elses wedding.
3. Liz Hurley wannabe’s – take note. Never outshine the bride. You may want everyone to admire glamorous old you, but wait until your own wedding day.
4. If in doubt about what to wear, check in with the couple. They say lounge suit, you say huh? Find out what they mean and you won’t go wrong.
5. Tone down! If you tastes bend towards wild prints and loud colours, try and tone it down a bit or you’ll forever been known as ‘that woman who looked like a cheetah at so-and-so’s wedding’. This isn’t about expressing your personality in the loudest way you can.
6. The wedding couple should be specific. If you want your guests dressed in tuxedo’s and formal dresses or if you want everyone in pink, say so!
7. Bear in mind that some of your guests may not own formalwear and will have to hire or save. Give them plenty of time to do this. If possible, make a deal with a hirewear shop for discounts on multiple suits.
8. Be aware of the season. Party dresses are great for summer but not for the midst of winter.
9. How will guests travel to the venue? Will they walk or will their be transport laid on? This is of particular concern for ladies in heels.
10. If you think there will be a guest who will embarress you style-wise, you can do one of two things. Either don’t invite them and risk their feelings. Or do a little styling for them on a shopping trip i.e. pick their outfit for them but in a very subtle way.