What to wear to weddings

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How can you decide the proper attire for a wedding?

 What to wear to weddings is an endless dilemma, compounded by season, formality, time of day and place. Remember one thing; never wear white because it competes with the bride and this is her day and hers alone. Still, that leaves a wide spectrum of other color schemes to reckon with. Which are best for you is the question, or at least one of them.

There are clues everywhere as to what to wear to weddings if you, as an invited guest, can merely train your eyes to look. You donít have to be Sherlock Holmes or Columbo to spot the clues from a fancy invitation, letís say. Gilded, flowing script on a heavy, perfumed, cream paper with formal language is a pretty good indication that the affair in question will be very formal. If on the other hand, Bubba ní Pat are inviting you to attend a ďhitchin,Ē you can be pretty sure things will be more casual.

What are some factors to consider when dressing for a wedding?

1- Setting

If the wedding is to be held outdoors, avoid any attire that might get caught in the wind. This can be very embarrassing and rest assured, the wind will win every time! Donít forget too, that sand and grass donít fare too well as anchors for high-heeled shoes. Slipping and sliding are not considered proper etiquette when it comes to what to wear to a wedding. If the location is very hot (but not windy), go for a breezy lightweight dress; if at a country club or fancy restaurant, tailored and dressy will be just fine.

2- Black tie weddings

If the wedding invitation stipulates a black tie affair, it means dress is formal all the way there and home again. Ladies should wear gowns that are appropriately dressy (sequins are fine here), and gentlemen should of course wear tuxedos or dark suits.

3- Evening weddings

 A good rule of thumb for what to wear to a wedding held in the evening is to select a dress you would wear if you were going out to the theater or to dinner. That old black cocktail dress will do just fine here. For men, a dark suit will do the trick.

 Some dos and doníts for him and her

1- Donít wear black or sequins for a daytime wedding.

2- Never wear a tuxedo during the daytime, regardless of the formality of the event.

3- Donít concern yourself with matching and/or coordinating your outfit with members of the bridal party. It is a waste of time as it canít be done and it isnít even necessary.

4- Don't get creative with a tuxedo. A black tux with white shirt and black bow tie is the best way to go.

5- Save sexy clothing (strapless, see-through etc) for a sexy occasion. It doesnít belong at a wedding.

6- Don't wear opera-length gloves (to top of arm) with anything but sleeveless or strapless gowns.

 7- Always remove gloves to eat or drink.

8- Consider adding a beautiful hat to your ensemble for a daytime wedding.

 Use common sense when deciding what to wear to  weddings, folks, and if you still canít figure it out, ask the family of the bride or groom. Choose your attire carefully and except for formal affairs, that little black cocktail dress and that dark suit will probably work out well nine times out of ten!

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