The Wedding Guest Guide

Jul 21, 2015

Here come the flood of wedding invitations! While the rules for wedding guest dressing have undoubtedly relaxed, the decision on what to wear can be as daunting as ever. As a guest you want to ensure that you compliment the style of the wedding while wearing something you feel beautiful in. To make things easier, we’ve compiled a reassuring guide of wedding guest sartorial etiquette.


Always read the invitation

The invitation is your first indicator as to what the right choice of attire is. Firstly, the time and location of the wedding will give you a good idea. A late morning wedding indicates a lighter more casual style; in the afternoon a pretty day dress should be fitting, while evening suggests go for glamour. The location will certainly be telling of the scheme: is it a luxurious event space or somewhere more casual? The design of the invitation too can be very revealing – make a note of both the colour scheme and feel, is it traditional or more modern relaxed?

Eagle eyed bride wedding invitation

White is still a no

While wedding guest dressing has certainly relaxed, some things won’t change!


Consider an LBD for the evening

White might be a no go, but for cocktail hour, black is a timelessly chic choice. Dress it up or down with a jacket and statement accessories.

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Which leads to  never underestimate the power of accessories 

One of the perks of choosing a simple dress is it really allows you to dress it in different ways – meaning you can wear it to more than one wedding. For a more formal ceremony, co-ordinate with a matching jacket, corsage and simple jewelery. For a more relaxed affair, have fun with statement necklaces and a pop of colour or metallic in your heels.

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Do take layers 

Unfortunately there is no weather guarantee, so be sure you’ve got chic back up to finish off your outfit. A co-ordinating jacket is always a winner, or even a beautiful wrap or pretty cape. Even the sunniest destination wedding can lead to a cool evening.

Ballet pumps

When it’s time to hit the dance-floor, it’s always good to have a second option to your day heels. A folding style is perfect to keep in your handbag. From high street to Chanel, there are a range of styles available at all price points.

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Easy beauty from day to night

Blotting papers are a saviour for those long evenings when it’s harder to freshen up. A good cream-based blush can add a bit of colour, and a touch of lipstick or lipgloss for an instant glamour boost.

Find your dream dress on our collection page 

Invite from Eagle Eyed Bride


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