Wedding Guest Dress Code

Wedding Guest Dress Code

We are officially in wedding season, our Instagram and Facebook feeds are spewing with pics from gorgeous brides in their white dresses, DIY decor, beautiful cakes, the list goes on. Watching happy couples exchange their vows on a day they’ll never forget is the perfect excuse for playing dress up.

And now that the Supreme Court has finally legalized same sex marriage we have even more love to celebrate!

For those of you who are attending a wedding(s) this season and are in need of some styling advice, I have compiled a quick guide on Wedding Guest Dress Code.

I used Rent the Runway to help find my perfect dresses. They are so efficient and easy to use with endless options to for any occasion choose from – whether it be a black tie formal event or a beach wedding in the Bahamas, there is something for everyone. With weddings coming and going, buying a dress for every occasion just doesn’t make sense – that and I don’t any more room in my closet to squeeze even a t-shirt, so this service is everything.

Let’s break down the main Wedding Guest Dress Codes by cutting the corners and decoding the different dress codes. Once you find out the requested dress code along with where the wedding is to take place and time of day, then it’s all about finding something that works for your personality, style and body.

Black Tie: 

One of the more formal wedding guest dress codes (white tie is the most formal: must wear floor length gown) and usually means the wedding is an evening affair. I suggest a long, formal dress with out a print or a short cocktail dress. I love hair up, open neck and a set of statement earrings for this kind of look.

Wedding Guest Dress Code


Black Tie Wedding Dress Code

Formal or Black Tie Optional:

Basically a notch down from the above. A tuxedo isn’t required but the event is still formal enough for one to wear. A long dress, dressy separates, or a formal cocktail dress is acceptable. To me the below David Koma dress fits this Wedding Guest Dress Code the best. It’s black, but fun and interesting because of the asymmetrical skirt and detail and surprisingly comfortable.

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David Koma

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Semi-Formal or Dressy Casual: 

Depending on the time of the event you will want to dress somewhere between formal and casual. For an evening fete wear darker, more formal hues. For a daytime wedding opt for light colors and fabrics. This Sachin & Babi Dress from Rent the Runway was the winner for a family wedding that I attended a few weeks ago. The fill skirt and soft pattern made for a fun choice to wear to my cousin’s daytime wedding.

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Sachin & Babi

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Beach Formal: 

This usually suggests an elegant beach wedding. Dress to impress, but also dress for the elements (sun, sand, water and humidity). High-low dresses, fun print and flowy skirts make for fun pictures on the beach. You will have the perfect back drop there, so use it! I found this Versace Dress which screamed beach formal to me. It was the most comfortable dress, I could wear it all day – from the ceremony to late night walks on the beach after the celebrations.

Beach Wedding Guest Dress Code


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I hope this post helps break down the different Wedding Guest Dress Codes for you. Check out Rent the Runway  to help you for the next wedding you attend. I guarantee you will find the perfect dress for any occasion.

Happy Wedding Season!

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