Guide on what to wear as a wedding guest part 1

Guide on what to wear as a wedding guest part 1

Wedding guest etiquette, number 1:

You never ever want to overshadow either the bride or the groom. It is their day, they are the center of attention and you are there to celebrate it with them, not to outshine them or outdo them. So what does that mean? Basically, you tone it down. You do not wear wild colors, you do not wear bold patterns or accessories like a top hat or something that makes maybe other people uncomfortable or something that is decidedly dapper than what the groom is wearing.

Wedding guest etiquette, number 2:

You also want to avoid looking like you are part of the wedding party if you are not, or something that could draw attention away from them. You should dress within the requested dress code. If the wedding is an evening event, it is going to be more formal than a day event. As a man, you can wear a dark suit either a navy or charcoal but you should stay clear from black unless it is a tuxedo or a stroller suit.

Wedding guest etiquette, number 3:

Traditionally, you should always have some form of neckwear. Personally, I think a necktie that is long is the best. Bow ties can be a bit too flashy unless of course the groom loves bow ties and he wants you to wear one as well. A good rule of thumb is to always wear a suit or at least a jacket with a pair of chinos or a dapper combination maybe with gray flannels. Avoid monochrome looks of black shirt, black tie, and black suit or any other colors that are very similar because it looks odd and there is not enough contrast. Your best bet for a wedding is a crisp white dress shirt although light blue may work as well. Of course, if you are at a beach wedding or if the couple has a bbq or their style is very relaxed, then these rules do not apply.