Thursday, April 21, 2016

Helpful Fashion Tips For Wedding Guests

The bride and groom have the type of clothing that they want to wear decided upon, but sometimes wedding guests are a bit unsure of what is expected of them. Even if the invitation clearly states a type of dress code, guests may not always be clear on exactly what each dress code entails.

Angelus Bridal & Formals wants to make sure that everyone at your wedding is completely comfortable and look their very best. Today's blog defines the most common dress codes for you and offers a few helpful fashion tips. 

Many different things can help you to decipher the type of clothing that is acceptable to wear to a wedding. The formality of the invitation is often a good indicator. You can also take cues from the type of venue the wedding is taking place at and the time of day of the ceremony and reception. Afternoon weddings are generally a lot less formal than an evening function. Below you will find a few of the most common "dress codes" explained.


This is for the weddings that are a bit more laid back and relaxed, generally taking place during the day. Men can get away with wearing a nice pair of dress pants and a button-down shirt or polo. No tie is necessary. Women can wear a nice dress, or opt for a skirt or pants with a pretty blouse. If it is an evening wedding, think more business casual. 

Semi-formal (aka Dressy Casual)

Men should wear a suit and tie, and women should choose a cocktail dress or a dressy skirt and top. 

Beach Formal

The area where the wedding is taking place is very important in this case. Find out if it is directly in the sand or on sturdy ground simply near the water. If everything takes place outdoors, the weather will be a big factor in your clothing choices. Linen pants and shirts are comfortable for men, or some type of summer suit. Khakis work well. No tie is necessary, and sandals are perfectly acceptable. The ladies can wear a formal sundress or a tea-length to knee-length dress with flat sandals.  

Formal (aka Black Tie Optional)

The bride and groom want you to dress up for this wedding. Men are welcome to wear a tuxedo, but a formal, dark-colored suit and tie work just as well. For the women, a dressy suit, long dress, or formal cocktail-length dress should be worn. The formality of this type of wedding allows women to be a little more dramatic and glamorous with their makeup and hair, as do the next two categories.   

Black Tie

This is a very formal affair and almost always an evening event. Men are expected to wear a tuxedo with a black bow tie and cummerbund. Women can bring out their finest evening gown or beautiful cocktail dress for a formal wedding.

White Tie

This is the most formal type of dress code. Men should wear a tuxedo with tails, along with a white bow tie and vest, and if you like, white gloves for dancing are extra special. Women should choose a full-length formal ball gown in darker, neutral shades. 

At the end of the day, common sense goes a long way. Use the guidelines above to help you determine what should be acceptable. Another tip is that if you are completely confused by the wedding dress code, simply ask. It's a lot less embarrassing to ask a question than it is to show and look out of place. 

Angelus Bridal & Formals is known for our beautiful bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses, but we also have a marvelous selection of stunning gowns for women attending weddings from formal to white tie. If you would like to take a look at the magnificent dresses that we keep at our South Florida special occasion dress store, call us and make your appointment. We would be happy to help you find something amazing.  

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