What to wear to a wedding when you are a guest? You can be invited to a wedding as a guest and attend the ceremony but not the reception. You can be invited as only a guest or you can be an invitee for both the ceremony and reception. But if this is not your case, that means you are just an attendee anyway.
That means there is no difference when it comes to what you should wear except that you do not have to dress in formal attire like the guests would, especially if you do not want to look out of place, nor stand out in the crowd nor make yourself uncomfortable. It does not mean, however, that you won’t have to dress up. Regardless of your dress code, you still need to look presentable, neat and clean.
If you are not a guest and just an attendee, then you can wear something comfortable while still being fashionable. Comfort is the first indication of whether or not you are dressed for the occasion. Just like at any other event that does not require formal attire, we can wear anything from jeans and pants to long skirts or dresses. But in this case, a dress would be more appropriate.
As mentioned before, if you do not want to stand out too much nor feel uncomfortable then it is best that you just wear a nice dress with a blazer or top over it. Below are some tips on how to choose the right clothes for any season, especially if you are an attendee of the reception.
Having a wedding as a guest is different from being an attendee since there is a dress code for guests. Guests should wear something suitable for a formal occasion, like long gowns or midi dresses—preferably something that looks elegant and fashionable but not too flashy.
The main thing is comfort and ease from what we are wearing. The same goes for the clothes that you put on after you arrive at your destination where the event is being held too. As a guest, it is good to wear something comfortable so that you can stay relaxed and comfortable all through the night even if the night gets longer with no notice than expected.
When attending the wedding as a guest, it would also be best to wear formal shoes like heels suitable for any occasion. You can wear your comfortable shoes too just in case you need to run somewhere quickly. It is not appropriate though to wear casual shoes anywhere because this does not look good at any occasion, especially at a wedding reception.
It would be nice if you could choose to wear some kind of pastel color though so that the whole ceremony and the reception will not be too dark or too bright. It would also look great if you could wear some kind of scarf or shawl with it so as to cover up your shoulders when they are exposed during the wedding ceremony.
If you want to wear something special or just different for this occasion, then go for something that looks simple and elegant. It has been said that sticking with the traditional black, and pastel colors are best but if you want to be unique then do so by wearing jewel-toned colors like purple or green.
There is no need to be afraid of looking too formal or too simple just because the wedding will be formalized. Be creative but do not go overboard either because it will take away from the overall design of the whole event.
Lastly, it would be best to wear something that you cannot wait to take off once you get home after the event or once you arrive at your destination. The whole point of a good dress is to look good during the event and not during the whole day or night. You should not feel any discomfort while wearing it even if it is just part of the reception. If you choose a white dress, then taking it off will be easy though if it’s something with buttons then taking it off will not be so easy or comfortable.