Proper Wedding Attire

Before you head out to a wedding, make sure you won’t steal focus from the bride.  Follow these 3 easy tips for the perfect, functional look.

Richie Frieman
4-minute read
Episode #173

Weddings are one of the happiest times in a couple’s life – the glitz, the glamour, the dancing, the cocktail hour (my favorite part). A great wedding is something that can be worth waiting a year for. However, one thing that can make a wedding highly uncomfortable for everyone is when that one person – hopefully not you – shows up wearing an outfit so improper, so appalling, that it can only be fixed by drowning your sorrows in the open bar.  Come on, we’ve all witnessed someone walk into a wedding wearing something on par with Bjork’s infamous swan dress. And don’t think this is a gender-specific issue, men and women are equal offenders of improper wedding attire.

What is Proper Wedding Attire?

Regardless if it’s a black tie affair at the nicest hotel in the city, or a casual beach wedding, not dressing properly for the occasion will not only ruin your night, it might also dampen the bride and groom’s big day (hello bad photos!). Is it a surprise that no one likes your Dumb and Dumber-style tuxedo? But it worked so well for Jim Carrey! Is your dress so short that Britney Spears would find it inappropriate? Yes, we have all seen it.

So with that, let’s welcome for the first time ever in public, Mr. and Mrs. Properly – or Improperly – Dressed Wedding Guest and check out my top 3 Quick and Dirty Tips on appropriate wedding attire:

Tip #1 – It’s a Wedding, Not Halloween

I will admit the 70’s powder blue tuxedo is one of my favorite Halloween costumes. Who doesn’t like a cummerbund that’s so big, it looks like something a sumo wrestler would wear to the ring? Or a sexy hot dress that is sure to knock the guys dead the minute you walk in? Even if it’s the most expensive blazer you own, or a dress that hugs everything just right, you have to think differently for a wedding.

When picking out a wedding outfit, think classic, think evergreen.  Now, when I say classic, I do not mean dull. Weddings are a great time to dress up, strut your stuff, and kick your heels up for a night out on the town…just do it properly. For guys, a nice, well-fitting suit is ideal. If you want to kick it up a notch, choose a colorful shirt or a great tie, but not one that you could see from space (say it with me now: “Neon is not OK”). For ladies, a great dress that doesn’t show a ton of T&A, a pair of fabulous heels, and you’re ready to go. Bright colors are fine, just avoid white at all costs (unless you want to feel the wrath of the bride). We all have killer go-to outfits, and your wedding look can still be a stunner without being a bummer.