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Wedding guest attire, What to wear to a wedding:

Wedding guest style for ladies

* Informal Daytime: Short dress or suit (business attire OK for morning weddings)

* Informal Evening: Cocktail dress

* Semi-formal Daytime: Short dress or suit

* Semi-formal Evening: Cocktail dress

* Formal Daytime: Short dress or suit. Hats and gloves optional.

* Formal Evening or Black-Tie: Long or dressy short cocktail (beading, glam accessories, wrap)

* Ultra-formal or White Tie: Long gown, extra glitz (furs, diamonds, etc.)

Dos and Don’ts for ladies

* Don’t wear white because it competes with the bride. There are plenty of other colours available.

* Don’t wear black or sequins during the daytime.

* Don’t worry about wearing the same colours as the bridesmaids or mothers. You can’t possibly coordinate with everyone in the wedding party.

* Do wear something feminine and appropriate, out of respect for your hosts. Clubwear, overtly sexy clothing (strapless, see-through, etc) doesn’t belong at a wedding. If you have to ask if it’s appropriate, it probably isn’t.

* Don’t wear opera-length gloves (to top of arm) with anything but sleeveless or strapless gowns.

* Do take off gloves to eat or drink.

*Do use good judgment if the invitation doesn’t specify the formality of the event. A pastel suit or soft floral dress for daytime or a little black dress for evening (after 6 p.m.) will take you almost anywhere.

Wedding style for men

*Informal Daytime: Dress shirt and pants, preferably a sports jacket.

*Informal Evening: Suit

*Semi-formal Daytime: Suit

*Semi-formal Evening: Dark suit

*Formal Daytime: Dark suit and tie

*Formal Evening: Dark suit and tie (if invitation states “black tie”) or dark suits if women wear short dresses.

Do’s and Don’ts for men

* If “Creative Black Tie” or some sort of other vague formal description is used, then going with a black shirt, no tie, might be acceptable.

* Do wear a dark suit, with a tie if the wedding is after 6 PM, and doesn’t say “Black Tie.”

* Do use good judgement if the invitation doesn’t specify the formality of the event. A dark suit and conservative tie will take you just about anywhere.


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