Let the bride be in the spotlight
If there is no wedding dress code or color concept specified in the invitation card, you as a guest are generally allowed to wear any color, except for the bride's, of course. Since more and more brides are opting for colors other than just pure white, you should definitely find out which dress she will wear on her big day. This way you can make sure that you don't accidentally appear in a partner look with the bride. We generally recommend that you avoid pompous dresses in white, champagne or ivory so that you don't get too close to the classic bridal look. Dresses ,skirts and blouses in muted pastel tones such as sky blue, mint green or old pink are particularly suitable for summer wedding looks .
The little black dress stays in the closet
Even though dresses , costumes and one-piece suits in black always look elegant and are generally not forbidden in wedding etiquette, they are less suitable as wedding outfits for guests . If you still decide to wear a black outfit on your wedding day, we recommend loosening up the look with colorful accessories or choosing black styles with a pattern.
It's better not to be too colorful for good reason
Weddings are a great opportunity to dress up and take great photos with your loved ones. Even if you like to be the center of attention with unusual and colorful outfits, as a wedding guest you should choose friendly colors rather than bright colors and obtrusive patterns. Otherwise it could appear that you want to steal the show from the bride and groom - unless the hosts want each guest to come as they want, then you can let your creativity run wild and let off steam with fashion and colors.
Tip: If you prefer bright statement colors instead of soft pastel tones, you can choose a plain-colored dress with a timeless cut . This keeps the look elegant and doesn't appear overloaded.
Dress appropriately for the location
Will the wedding take place on the beach, on a farm, in a church or in historic premises? The location of a wedding often already dictates the desired style for the wedding outfit . At a church wedding, the shoulders must remain covered. You should also dress appropriately for the weather and the location to ensure your own comfort: If the wedding reception is taking place exclusively outside, you definitely need to bring a jacket , for example a denim jacket , a leather jacket , a blazer, cardigan or at least a warm one Think of a scarf so that you don't get too cold in the evening. An airy summer dress is appropriate for a garden party, while formal classics such as elegant one-piece suits or sheath dresses are appropriate for a civil wedding. If the wedding takes place in the countryside or on the beach, you should choose flat shoes instead of stilettos.
Tip: If you're not sure if you can handle wearing heels all evening, you can simply bring a spare pair of shoes and change shoes throughout the day/evening. After all, the wedding should leave you with unforgettable memories and no painful blisters on your feet.
Interpret the dress code correctly
Even though it seems obvious to many, it often happens that guests unknowingly misinterpret the dress code in the invitation. So that you are guaranteed not to mix up anything with the classic wedding dress codes , we have summarized the associated meanings for you:
Wedding Dress Code White Tie
White tie is considered the most glamorous dress code for weddings . White tie means that as a female guest you should choose a long, elegant evening dress. To visually imagine this dress code, you can use the red carpet looks at the Oscars as a guide, for example. If you don't feel comfortable in long dresses at all, you can also choose a long one-piece and accentuate it with jewelry and accessories .
Wedding Dress Code Black Tie
Black Tie is a gradation of White Tie. This dress code is also very elegant, but a little less ostentatious. In this case, in addition to a classic maxi dress, you can also slip into a pretty cocktail dress or wear an elegant two-piece suit.
Wedding dress code cocktail
The cocktail dress code is one of the most popular dress codes for weddings . It requires a certain festivity among the wedding guests' outfits, but at the same time leaves a lot of scope for individuality. A chic jumpsuit, an elegant spring dress or a festive blouse and skirt combination are the right choice in this case.
Wedding dress code smart casual
With the Smart Casual dress code, you as a wedding guest are only expected to be “neatly” dressed. According to the motto “come as you are”, you can simply wear what you identify with best. Shirt dress with floral print , playful summer blouse with leather skirt ? No problem! The wedding couple is happiest when everyone feels comfortable and the color palette is secondary. Of course, you should still leave your sweatpants at home.
Wedding Dress Code Casual
Casual is a dress code that isn't actually a dress code at all. This means you can wear whatever you want. Jeans with a silk top are just as appropriate as leather leggings with a casualshirt blouse .