We are in the midst of wedding season right now, so if you don’t have a friend, relative, ex or colleague getting ready to tie the knot you are in a minority. For some, an invite to a wedding is a great opportunity to splash out on a new outfit, but for others it can be a stylistic nightmare. So what are the rules for wedding fashion and what should you avoid wearing at all costs?
Mother of the Bride
According to tradition, the mother of the bride should choose her outfit to match the color scheme of the rest of the wedding party, so it is a good idea to wait until the bride has chosen the bridesmaid dresses before you go shopping. In days gone by, a mother of the bride would have worn a frumpy outfit in a nice shade of beige, but these days, older women are normally far more stylish so make sure you look as young as you feel.
Most bridesmaids have to toe the party line and accept whatever dire dress the bride has chosen for them. So if you are handed a hideous taffeta number in virulent orange that makes you look like a Pepperami sausage, I’m afraid you just have to suck it up and smile for your selfie.
Never Upstage the Bride!
One thing guests and bridesmaids should never do is try and upstage the bride. Pippa Middleton managed to get away with it when she showed off her perfect bottom in a tight fitting cream dress at the royal wedding, but luckily for her, big sister Kate didn’t mind in the slightest.
The best way to avoid upstaging the bride is to never wear white or cream, stay away from overtly sexy body con dresses, and if you happen to be very attractive with a fantastic figure (and the bride isn’t), do not go out of your way to stand next to her during the wedding photos.
The weather can often be unpredictable, so it is a good idea to check the forecast before buying a wedding outfit. Failing that, have a plan B just in case your chosen outfit turns out to be completely inappropriate on the day. For summer weddings, floral prints are big right now, so you should be able to find some lovely dresses that will look amazing on a warm summer’s day. For a winter wedding, it is important to dress warmly, especially if the ceremony takes place in a cold church. Wear a warm coat and consider tights and boots if temperatures are sub-zero.
Dress for the Venue
The wedding venue makes a huge difference to what guests should wear, so check before you buy. Black tie dress might be suitable for a formal venue such as Chateau Polonez in Houston whereas beach wedding attire is more likely to lean towards a sun dress with strappy sandals.If in doubt about what you should wear to the wedding, always check with the bride. That way nobody will be offended and you won’t have to spend the entire event hiding behind a po