With the promise of summer just around the corner, brides the length and breadth of the UK are putting the finishing touches to their wedding preparations. For the rest of us, the prospect of attending one or more weddings during the coming months offers the opportunity to enjoy some lavish celebrations. However, it also brings some burning questions too – not least of which is – what to wear?
According to Who What Wear, the safest option, if in doubt, is always a dress, as it avoids any doubts over matching trousers, skirts and jackets. But even they can have their pitfalls, as all wedding guest dresses are subject to an unwritten code of rules.
We’ve put together the five most important wedding guest rules that you need to keep at the forefront of your mind when planning your outfit choices.
Only Wear White If You’re the Bride
As a wedding guest, it’s your duty not to upstage the bride in any way, so being mistaken for her is clearly unforgivable. It’s traditional that the bride’s white dress marks her out as the centre of attention, so allow her to enjoy her day in the spotlight.
You Don’t Have to Buy a New Outfit for Every Wedding
Weddings often come in groups, which can be costly for guests, who must buy presents, arrange travel and accommodation and often participate in hen parties too. Save money by sourcing inexpensive outfits – if you take a look at the range of AX Paris wedding guest dresses, you’ll soon see that trimming costs doesn’t mean skimping on style. And if you ring the changes with inexpensive accessories, you can put together a completely new look at minimal cost.
Elegance Is Key
A wedding is not really the place for thigh-high skirts and plunging necklines. A wedding is a family occasion first and foremost, so keep that in mind when planning your outfit.
Trousers Aren’t Forbidden
Masculine tailoring used to be frowned upon for weddings, but these days anything goes as long as it conforms to the style rules listed above.
Tuck Some Ballet Shoes in Your Bag
Smart, elegant shoes look amazing but are rarely comfortable when worn for hours on end. A pair of foldable ballet flats will take up hardly any space but come in handy once the dancing starts.