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How to Dress for a Wedding

The bride and her dress should be the center of attention on her wedding day. Follow this advice to make sure you are not the one standing out in the crowd.


  • Step 1: Consider the location Consider the location. The reception venue will provide you wit a clue as to how formal the wedding will be.
  • TIP: A country club or hotel calls for formal attire, whereas a beach or outdoor wedding calls for more casual dress.
  • Step 2: Watch the weather Watch the weather forecast, especially if the wedding or reception is being held outside.
  • TIP: Steer clear of high-heel shoes for outdoor weddings. The heels will sink into the sand and lawn.
  • Step 3: Read the invitation Read the invitation carefully. It may mention casual, proper, or black tie attire requested.
  • TIP: Redefine your understanding of casual attire. Jeans are never recommended. A cotton suit or sundress for women and khaki pants and a shirt with a collar for men are as casual as you should go.
  • Step 4: Consider the time of day Consider the time of the reception. Morning or early afternoon weddings are more casual than dinnertime or evening ones.
  • Step 5: Do not wear white Do not wear white to a wedding. You never want to be mistaken as the bride or take the attention away from her.
  • FACT: Veils were originally worn by ancient Greeks and Romans to protect the bride from evil spirits.

You Will Need

  • Location of the wedding
  • Weather forecast
  • Invitation to a wedding

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