top of page

The Ultimate Guide to Guest Attire at Weddings

Finding the right balance between providing helpful suggestions and respecting individual style choices can be a delicate task! I hope this post gives you some helpful tips on how to handle this question, what you write on your wedding website and ideas of what "style" to choose.

Should You Tell Guests What to Wear?

While it is not mandatory to dictate specific attire to your guests, providing guidance can be helpful to ensure everyone is on the same page. Guests may appreciate knowing the level of formality expected for your wedding, especially if it falls outside the traditional spectrum. Providing guidance on your wedding website or invitations can help set the tone and create a cohesive aesthetic for your special day.

What to Include on Your Wedding Website

Dress Code Descriptions

Consider including a brief description of the dress code or style that best represents your wedding. Provide explanations and definitions to help guests understand the level of formality you are aiming for. Examples include:

  • Formal/Black Tie: This indicates a high level of elegance and sophistication. Guests should wear tuxedos or formal evening gowns.

  • Semi-Formal/Cocktail Attire: Guests can opt for stylish cocktail dresses or suits. This dress code allows for a balance between formal and casual.

  • Casual: Encourage guests to dress comfortably yet respectfully. This may include sundresses, slacks, or khakis with a nice blouse or collared shirt.

Venue Considerations

If your wedding is held in a unique setting, such as a mountain lodge with chairlift-only access or fully outdoor venue, you can provide specific guidance on appropriate footwear or attire to accommodate the location. For example, if your wedding involves hiking or walking on uneven terrain, suggest comfortable shoes or attire suitable for outdoor activities.

Seasonal Tips

Colorado's weather can vary, so offer seasonal suggestions to help guests plan their attire accordingly. Include recommendations on layering options or mentioning any specific weather conditions they should anticipate during your wedding month.

Guest Attire Options and Definitions

There are many creative options and definitions, but here are just a few standard examples.

  1. Formal/Black Tie: The most elegant dress code, typically reserved for evening affairs. Men should wear tuxedos or formal suits, while women can choose floor-length gowns or sophisticated cocktail dresses.

  2. Semi-Formal/Cocktail Attire: This dress code offers a more relaxed option while still maintaining a polished look. Men can wear suits or dress pants with a jacket, and women can opt for stylish cocktail dresses or dressy separates.

  3. Dressy Casual: This dress code strikes a balance between formal and casual. Men can wear slacks or chinos with a button-down shirt, while women can choose a sundress, skirt and blouse, or dressy pants.

  4. Casual: For a more relaxed affair, guests can dress comfortably while still looking presentable. Men can wear slacks or khakis with a collared shirt, while women can opt for sundresses, skirts, or nice pants with a blouse.

Photo by Jacie Marguerite Photography

2 views0 comments


bottom of page