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  • Writer's pictureKaeli Renee

Decoding Wedding Dress Codes: Your Wedding Guest Style Guide

Wedding guest dress

Friends… we are officially in wedding season! Navigating wedding dress codes can be a daunting task, but fear not! Whether you're attending a black-tie affair or a casual garden wedding, we've got you covered with outfit suggestions for every dress code. Don’t stress and waste time finding an outfit, that’s what RYN is here for. 

1. Black-Tie

For black-tie weddings, think sophisticated and glamorous. This is the time to opt for a classic tuxedo with a crisp button-down, bow tie, and polished dress shoes. Floor-length gowns and sophisticated pantsuits are also the way to go. Choose rich fabrics like satin or velvet in elegant silhouettes. Add statement jewelry and a chic clutch to complete the look.

black-tie wedding attire

2. Formal or Black-Tie Optional

This dress code allows for a bit more flexibility, so you can choose between a tuxedo or a dark suit. Dresses can range from formal cocktail dresses to chic evening gowns to sophisticated pantsuits. Stick to classic colors like black, navy, or deep jewel tones, and don't be afraid to add a touch of sparkle with accessories.

Formal wedding attire

3. Semi-Formal or Cocktail Attire

Semi-formal weddings call for polished yet relaxed attire. Suits can be in lighter colors and the more casual nature allows guests to opt for dress pants paired with a blazer instead of a suit if they choose. Chic cocktail dresses are still in play with this dress code or you can opt for a dressy skirt and top combo, or a stylish jumpsuit. Play with textures and colors to add interest to your ensemble.

Cocktail wedding attire
Cocktail wedding attire

4. Beach or Garden Casual

For outdoor weddings, comfort and practicality are key. Lightweight linen or cotton suits in neutral tones, paired with loafers or sandals are great options to stay stylish and comfortable. Breezy sundresses or maxi dresses in light, breathable fabrics are also the name of the game. Don't forget to accessorize with sunglasses and a sun hat for a touch of chic.

Beach wedding attire

5. Casual or Informal

Casual weddings allow for the most flexibility in attire. You can ditch the suit and opt for dress pants paired with a button-down shirt or even a polo shirt, or choose a casual sundress or separates like a skirt and blouse. The key is to keep it neat and put together while still feeling comfortable.

Casual wedding attire

No matter the dress code, the most important thing is to feel confident and comfortable in your outfit. Use these suggestions as a starting point, and don't be afraid to add your own personal flair to make your look uniquely yours. With the right attire, you'll be ready to celebrate in style at any wedding! 


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