How to Dress Up as a Wedding Guest

It’s not only the bride and the groom who worry about their outfits on their most important day, but even the guests sometimes have a hard time picking the right clothes for such an occasion. Even if you’re not part of the entourage, you’d still want to look your best without outshining the couple in the wedding.

So, how do you dress up as a wedding guest?

Remember the Time, Location, and Theme
Yes, you have to read the wedding invitation so you will know where the ceremony and reception will be held, the time of the day and the duration of the celebration, and the theme of the wedding. Some couples will insist on specific colors and costumes for the guests so that everyone looks good in the photos. Others, however, will leave it up to the guests to decide. Some stylists will advise you to look for clues on the colors and structure of the invitation itself. What colors and designs are dominant? If it’s still all so confusing to you, you could always ask the bride or the groom weeks before the event, right?

It’s All About Colors
There is an unwritten rule in most types of weddings, even traditional wedding ceremonies, that you also have to respect, regardless if it’s stated in the wedding invitation or not. Only the bride and/or groom are allowed to wear pure white, so the entourage and the guests are usually discouraged from wearing predominantly white outfits unless you are required by the couple. Second, respect the couple’s religious affiliations. Singapore is home to several multicultural groups that observe different ceremonies. Research about the colors, types of fabrics, and cuts that are considered vulgar and offensive. Red, all-white, and pure black are considered inappropriate in most Asian ceremonies. Some brides might choose to wear red or white, after all. Remember that it’s not about you, but it’s for the couple.

Consider the Length and Cut
For traditional wedding ceremonies, you should generally avoid sleeveless or strapless gowns and shirts, short dresses that are above the knee in length, see-through fabrics, tight-fitting outfits, and anything that exposes too much chest and legs. For Muslim weddings, avoid sleeveless gowns, very short dresses, or gowns with deep or low neckline. For formal Chinese weddings, avoid above-the-knee-length skirts and dresses and suits that have too many accents. For Indian weddings, it’s more appropriate to wear long dresses and tunics, or you can choose from any of the four basic outfits worn in such occasions; saree, lehenga, churidar suit, and trouser suit.

Don’t Forget Comfort
The reason why you’re not supposed to wear tight-fitting clothes is because you will be served a lot of food during the wedding reception and some ceremonies can last for hours. So, yes, you have to have comfort in mind, because you don’t want to be fidgeting on your chair because you can’t breathe. The location, as already mentioned is important, so if it’s outdoors for example, avoid high heels, heavy suit, and clothes that will catch the wind.

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