Spring and summer is the peak time for weddings, and for those of us invited to spend this most special of days with the happy couple, it throws up a whole host of issues about what to wear and what the correct etiquette is. Avoiding a social faux pas is straightforward, if you follow a few simple dos and don’ts.
Don’t wear exclusively black or white
The only person clad head to toe in white at a wedding should be the bride, and wearing head to toe black looks like you were planning on going to a funeral rather than a wedding. Black or white accessories are fine, as is wearing a white jacket over a coloured dress, or a black dress accessorized with coloured hats, shoes, belt and jewellery.
Do think about comfort
There is a lot of hanging around at a wedding, whether it be outside a church while the happy couple are having a mammoth photo shoot, or at the reception while champagne and canapés are being served to guests. You will enjoy the wedding more if you are wearing something comfortable enough to see you through a service, reception and then dancing the night away. Trying to find that perfect blend of comfort and style is not always easy, so if you are intending wearing killer heels to the wedding service, pop a pair of more forgiving shoes in your bag for the evening reception and dancing.
Do accessories well and save money
There’s no need to spend huge sums on a new outfit for each wedding you are invited to. Choose a classic, simple suit or dress and then change the accessories for each occasion. Fascinators are not expensive to buy and can now be sourced in high street stores such as Marks & Spencer or John Lewis. A striking piece of jewellery from a company like Ambre Babzoe can add impact to an outfit and change the feel completely. Ambre Babzoe have a range which includes bracelets, chokers and earrings and the any one of these items will accessorise an outfit perfectly.
Do dress appropriately for the event
Try to gauge the type of wedding being planned. For example, a wedding in a cathedral followed by a formal reception in the smartest hotel in town will require a different outfit from a small civil ceremony followed by a barbecue in the bride’s back garden. If in doubt, speak to the couple or their parents about what sort of thing would be appropriate to wear. Feeling very overdressed or underdressed can spoil the entire day.
Don’t feel you have to change
Although in some families it has been customary to change clothes between the formal dinner part of the wedding reception and the evening dancing, this has fallen out of fashion with many people. Save money and time by staying in the same outfit all day. If you do feel you have to alter your outfit slightly, change your Louboutin heels for a pair of ballet flats, ditch the hat and swap your daytime pearl stud earrings for a more striking Ambre Babzoe pair for evening time.
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