The thought of arriving at a formal wedding in your casual clothes while other guests are dressed in tuxedos, is itself very embarrassing. However, there are lots of people who have had such experiences. The reason for this is that many people do not actually know the etiquette that they have to follow when they dress up for such an occasion.
Before you choose the costume, check as to what type of wedding you are going to attend. Most invitations mention the kind it is going to be. For instance, if it is a formal event, it will be mentioned in the invitation as 'black tie'. On the other hand, if it has not been mentioned, do not think that you can wear whatever you want to!
However, if the invitation is a fancy one with casual language, then it is definitely an invitation for a casual event. Once you are sure about this fact, the next thing you have to decide is the kind of garb you are going to adorn.
For both men and women, the costume would depend on the time of the day the occasion is held. For instance, if it is held in the morning or afternoon, the clothing style would be different from that which is held in the evening.
Tuxedos are reserved for festivities that are held after six. They are called ultra-formal weddings. There are some, which mention optional black tie in their invitation. This means that men who prefer to wear a tux can wear one, and those who do not have it and do not want to rent one can come in a dark suit and tie.
Some of the things that men have to avoid at such times are casual clothes, like cargo pants and jeans, creased clothes, wild colors or patterns, and unpolished shoes.
As we said earlier, the time of the ceremony has to be noted before choosing the dress. The clothes that women should opt for a morning or afternoon event should be a short dress in light colors. It is also fine to wear a suit in the morning.
However, if you are really keen on wearing white, make sure that it is not something that would take the attention from the bride. Other light colors that you can choose are pink, blue, cream, etc. For an evening ceremony, go for a long gown or a long/short cocktail dress.
Rather, most women prefer to wear a black dress for an evening occasion of this type. Nevertheless, one should never wear black in the mornings. Just like men, there are some things that even women should avoid.
They should never wear too revealing clothes, like a strapless or transparent dress, especially in the church. If you do wear such a dress, do not forget to bring a wrap with which you can cover your shoulders.
We hope all your doubts about the ideal wedding attire are clarified. So, if you have been invited for a formal wedding next week, follow these guidelines and dress carefully.