What To Wear To A Wedding

Today's post is more for wedding guests than it is for those of you who are currently planning your own fabulous weddings! It's all about what to wear to a wedding and decoding what your invitation says about how you should dress. I know this topic may seem like a no-brainer, but it can be kind of tricky! You sure as heck don't want to be the person showing up in jeans when everyone else is wearing a suit. (By the way, while we're on the subject of wearing jeans to a wedding... Unless you know for certain that the wedding is super casual, just don't.) 

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Now back to that whole wedding dress code thing. Check out the bottom of your invitation. Does it say something like "black tie," "formal," "black tie optional," "semi-formal," "dressy casual," "casual," "cocktail attire," or "Sunday best?" Knowing the difference between all of those can be a serious struggle, but with this foolproof guide, you can bet you'll look fabulous and totally appropriate at the next wedding you attend!

(A quick note to brides and grooms: If your guests' attire is important to you, be sure to put what kind of clothing they should wear on your invitations.)

"Black Tie"

This is about as fancy as it gets. It's typically used for evening weddings that take place somewhere fancy, like a ballroom or hotel. You'll most likely never be requested to wear black tie attire to a wedding at The Barn! ;)
What to wear for her: A long evening gown in a classic color, or a cocktail dress that isn't revealing. Accessorize with a gorgeous clutch, statement earrings, great pair of heels, or a shawl. 
What to wear for him: A tuxedo, complete with a bow tie, leather shoes and maybe even a cummerbund.

"Formal" or "Black Tie Optional"

This is a tiny bit less formal than "Black Tie," but it's still pretty fancy! This type of attire is also mostly reserved for evening weddings. 
For her: A long dress or a formal cocktail dress, preferably in a darker, classic color. Once again, feel free to add a gorgeous accessory or two!
For him: A tuxedo or a dark suit with a tie. 

"Semi-Formal," "Dressy Casual," or "Sunday Best"

This type of attire is more toned down, and most of us probably already own something that fits within these categories. If the wedding is in the evening, you'll want to be a little more dressy or formal, but if it's a daytime wedding, feel free to wear fun colors or prints! 
For her: A cocktail dress, or a dressy skirt and a nice top. As far as shoes go, heels or dressy flats are your best options.
For him: A suit, with or without a tie. 


This is where you can start to get more fun and creative. Guys can mix in some prints, and ladies can feel free to go a little bit shorter.
For her: A fun cocktail dress! Bright colors and fun textures are fine, and you can wear something shorter, but don't go too revealing.
For him: A suit, but it doesn't have to be dark. You can also mix it up with a printed tie or a shirt in a fun color.


Casual doesn't mean that you can show up in jeans and a t-shirt. Think of it as "business casual." A good rule of thumb: go with what you'd wear to church on a normal Sunday.
For her: A not-too-fancy dress, or a blouse with a skirt or nice pants. Flats or heels are fine.
For him: Dress pants with a polo or a button-down shirt. 

And here are a few things you should never, ever wear to a wedding:
*A white dress. Only one person is allowed to wear a white dress to a wedding, and that's obviously the bride. Don't steal her thunder!
*Flip flops, shorts, tennis shoes, or anything distressed. 
*Jeans, unless the invitation or wedding website specifically says they're okay.
*Anything too revealing. Cover it up, especially if it's a church wedding... That's embarrassing!

If you're still in need of some outfit inspiration, get on Pinterest! :)