Do’s and Don’ts of Wedding Guest Dresses

As a fairly frequent wedding guest, I have learned quite a bit about the do’s and don’ts of wedding guest dresses. When my friends first started getting married, I was clueless when it came to what to wear. As my friends and I get older, more weddings are happening and I am learning more and more about appropriate attire. Today, I am sharing what I know and while I am not an expert, hopefully this helps you in some way.

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Let’s start with the Don’ts, so we can end on a good note (AND with SALES):

  • Don’t wear white. I know this is a well-known, established don’t; however, I think some people need to be reminded. White is reserved for the bride. This goes for the bridal shower, bachelorette, etc. Pick a different color ladies.
  • Don’t overspend. You may have to buy a few dresses throughout one season, do not overspend on dresses. To avoid this, I stock up when I see a sale (hey you never know when you’ll need a dress) and I look for special deals and discounts on the app. There are many influencers (including yours truly) that literally look for sales. We make commission when you buy through our links, so support your favorite bloggers and shop smart! Here’s my link.
  • Buy new shoes for each wedding. You do not need to!
  • Feel like you need to wear a dress. Rompers/jumpsuits are great alternatives and can be very chic!
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Time for the Do’s:

  • Research the venue for each event. See where the bridal shower is, where the wedding ceremony is, where the reception is. Check the weather forecast. Think about the families involved in the wedding. Is this a more conservative/traditional style or a more trendy/laid back wedding. If you are going to a fancier venue, opt for a classier more traditional style. Don’t show your shoulders during the ceremony. If this is an outdoor/laid back wedding, you can opt for a flirtier patterned option. Here is a great example of a more conservative choice. Here is an example of a more trendy choice.
  • Invest in a good clutch/bag. This is a must! Pick a neutral color that can be paired with a variety of dress colors. Make sure there is room for your phone, feminine products, lip gloss, tissues, etc. Click here for a great summer option. Click here for a boho chic option.
  • Invest in a good comfortable pair of heels in a neutral color that can be paired with your dresses. I have a few pairs from lulu’s that are very comfy and chic! Click here for a great option.

To wrap up this article, I wanted to share some options for both casual and more fancy weddings:

Here are some Wedding Guest Dresses Under $50! (Click the photo to shop.)

Wedding Guest Dresses Under $50

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