Wedding guest dressed list

I’ve been to so many weddings in my lifetime that I think I can give Katherine Heigl a run for her rom-com money. I’ve witnessed the whole spectrum – ultra traditional church wedding, barefoot-on-the-beach ceremony, garden nuptials in the spring, heck I’ve even been to a wedding by a volcano! Being the eternal wedding guest, I can safely say that times have changed and so have the guest-dress rules. For one, it’s perfectly okay to wear black to a wedding, as long as you avoid any trace of mourning and brighten up with colourful accessories to go with the festive occasion.  Perhaps the only rule that hasn’t changed is: don’t outshine the bride.

The choices are endless!

The choices are endless!


Black tie to beach

Deciding what wedding appropriate attire to wear doesn’t have to induce headaches. Just think of yourself as an actress with many roles – dressing the part can be really fun.

Black tie affairs are my favourite. They’re the perfect excuse to amp up the glam with a floor-length gown and stilettos. By all means, bring out the bling – statement jewellery is most welcome!

Be inspired by Pippa Middleton’s floor-length dresses!

On to the other side of the spectrum, a beach wedding calls for easy, breezy laid back luxe. In this case, wearing black might be too much of a downer (and won’t go well with your mojito). Cocktail dresses in bright colours or pastels go well with the scenery, and a pashmina is essential for chilly nights. Finish off the look with strappy metallic sandals.

Garden weddings can be tricky if you’re wearing heels that nail you down on the soil. To avoid this awkward situation, wedges are your best friend. Also, ‘garden’ doesn’t necessarily translate to ‘floral’. Choose dresses in light colours for the daytime and darker, rich palettes for night-time affairs.


Sass in the city

For city weddings with a vibrant urban sprawl, you can go a bit edgier with statement heels and dramatic accessories dressing up your LBD. The look can go from day to the wee hours of the night.

Now for that special wedding in Venice – turns out George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin beat me to it! But I must say I think the bride’s wide-brimmed white hat was the perfect accessory for the daytime gondola ride down the Venetian canals.  One can dream…

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