Tip #5: Be mindful of dress codes. I never feel more awkward than when I show up somewhere and I am not dressed for the occasion. Whether I’m overdressed, underdressed or just uncomfortable, I try my very best to know ahead of time what’s appropriate and what’s not. It’s a good thing to be aware of for all situations, but it’s especially important for something as significant as a wedding.
Dress code is a pretty broad topic, so there are some “sub-tips” within this one.
For example, consider the venue. There’s a difference between a really modern wedding in a museum and a traditional wedding in a church. Use some common sense; don’t wear a skin tight, super short sparkle dress to a church or synagogue.
Likewise, check the weather. If you know the wedding is outdoors, consider bringing a cardigan if you think it’s going to be chilly, or don’t wear a sheer dress if you know it’s going to rain. The bride and groom don’t want their guests to be miserable any more than you want to suffer through bad weather. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Lastly, of course, if there is a written dress code, FOLLOW IT. Casual, black-tie, festive, semiformal, dressy casual, whatever it might be, if the invitation specifies, follow it. The bride and groom care enough to write it down, and as their loved one, you should care enough to listen.
Always dress for the occasion, and you’ll never go wrong.
photo cred: Everything That Sparkles White