Wedding Attire Etiquette

Whether you are planning a traditional wedding or an informal gathering, etiquette suggests that your wedding attire should match the style of your event.

While an opulent ball gown for the bride and a tuxedo for the groom will work for formal occasions, a simple summer dress and a light suit is the perfect combination for an informal summer wedding. Read these simple rules that will help you decide what to wear on your special day:

Formal Attire For A Daytime Wedding

Formal Attire For A Daytime Wedding

Daytime weddings are held before 6 pm, and if you are planning a formal event you should wear a long gown with a train and long veil, while the groom can wear a morning suit with a cutaway coat or a tuxedo. While a strapless gown is considered as the perfect option for evening occasions, you should avoid it at a daytime event if you want to follow etiquette rules strictly. A simple column or A-line gown with cap sleeves is a gorgeous look for the summer and long sleeves or trendy cape worn over a sleeveless dress can be your ultimate choice for an autumn or winter wedding.

Semi-formal & Informal Attire For A Daytime Wedding

Semi-formal & Informal Attire For A Daytime Wedding

While a semi-formal dress code for a daytime wedding requires an elegant floor-length or tea-length gown with a shorter veil, an informal dress code for the bride allows a very relaxed outfit such as a simple summer dress of any length paired with a short veil or a hat. You can opt for lighter fabrics like cotton, silk chiffon or lace for an informal outdoor event or choose thicker materials like duchesse satin for an evening reception. Semi-formal attire for men should be a formal dark suit, while informal calls for a dark business suit or a casual summer suit made from lighter fabrics.

Formal Attire For An Evening Wedding

Formal Attire For An Evening Wedding

Evening events are held after 6 pm and formal attire for the bride is comprised of an elaborate floor length gown. A ball gown is the perfect option for this style of event and it can be made from luxury fabrics such as satin or re-embroidered lace with plenty of embellishments. The groom should wear a classical tuxedo or black tails. The dress code can also be white tie, which requires a very glamorous evening gown for the bride and a white tie suit for the groom.

Semi-Formal & Informal Attire For An Evening Wedding

Semi-Formal & Informal Attire For An Evening Wedding

If you are planning a semi-formal evening wedding, traditional rules say that you shouldn’t be wearing either a tea-length gown or a cocktail-style dress, as they are strictly reserved for daytime events. Your dress should be long and elegant, but it doesn’t have to be heavily embellished or too luxurious. The perfect attire for the groom is a tuxedo or an elegant black suit. For an informal evening event, you can choose a chic cocktail-length dress or a simple vintage-style gown, while the groom can wear a modern black or navy suit.

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