Dress: ASTR (sold out in pink), similar here and here | Shoes: Steve Madden | Clutch: BHLDN (old), similar here | Bracelets: Kate Spade

Wedding season is upon us, so I thought it would be appropriate to do a post on what to wear to a spring wedding! I was a spring bride last year, so everything having to do with weddings is still very fresh in my mind. If you missed it, you can see my wedding blog post here!

There are definitely several do’s and don’ts when it comes to dressing for a wedding, so I wanted to cover all of that information for you today! Follow along with the tips below to find out exactly what you should and should not wear to a spring wedding. Make sure you read all the way to the bottom because I have gathered all of my favorite spring dresses, shoes, and accessories for you to shop!

Wedding Guest Attire: Do’s and Don’ts


DO find out the wedding colors.

This tip is so important! You do not want to show up in the same color as the bridesmaids. Imagine being mistaken as one of the girls in the bridal party…don’t let that happen to you! Normally you can figure out what the wedding colors are by the invitations or the wedding website. If you really have no idea what the wedding colors are, simply just ask the bride or groom. I can assure you that the bride will be happy that you are asking because it shows that you do not want to interfere with the color scheme on her perfect day. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

DON’T ignore the dress code.

If the dress code says black tie, formal, dressy casual, etc…dress accordingly! There are many resources online that explain what you should wear for each specific dress code. If anything, it’s better to be too dressy than to be underdressed. Whatever you do, don’t be that person who shows up in jeans to a wedding! The bride and groom specifically choose the dress code that they feel is appropriate for their wedding, so make sure you are being respectful of that and dress accordingly.

DO wear something you are comfortable in.

Weddings are normally several hours long, so make sure you are wearing something you feel comfortable in. If you are buying a new dress for a wedding you are attending, wear it around the house for awhile to make sure you feel comfortable in it. You want to be able to stand up, sit down, and be able to dance in whatever you are wearing. If you wear it around the house, you will be able to tell if you need to get any alterations done to the dress. When you try something on in a dressing room for 5 minutes, it may seem like it fits great but you may not be aware of certain fit issues. You would much rather find out ahead of time that the dress needs to be taken in or out, shortened, or whatever else it may need before the day you wear it to the wedding.

DON’T wear white.

Unless the bride specifies she wants her guests in white, do NOT wear white to a wedding!! You do not want to seem like you are trying to overshadow the bride, so avoid wearing white at all costs. I am personally even afraid to wear a dress that has any white in it at all. Stay away from whites, ivories and creams, and opt for a colorful dress.

DO dress for the season.

If you are attending a spring wedding, incorporate springy colors and fabrics into your outfit. This includes pastels, florals, lace, ruffles, etc. I would avoid wearing black to a spring wedding. Tell your significant other to consider wearing a gray, blue or tan suit to a spring wedding. Save your dark colored dresses for fall and winter weddings.

DON’T wear shoes you can’t dance in.

Weddings involve a lot of mingling and dancing, so make sure you are wearing shoes you can stand and dance in all night! There’s nothing worse than wearing heels that you feel so uncomfortable in. If you know the bride and groom are going to offer dancing shoes / flip flops to all the guests (shout out to every bride that has ever made that decision!!), then you don’t really need to worry about shoe comfort. Most of the time, you should plan on wearing shoes that you can dance in all night long. Don’t be the party pooper that has to leave the wedding early because your feet are killing you!

DO accessorize.

While the dress you wear to the wedding should be your focus, don’t forget to accessorize your look with jewelry and a handbag. If your dress has a high neckline, consider wearing statement earrings and a few bracelets. If your dress is lower cut, wear a necklace and stud earrings. As for a handbag, clutches are more convenient to bring to weddings. They are small and compact yet they fit everything you need: phone, small wallet, lipstick & gloss, and tissues. Clutches also come in handy when you want to save your seat at a table!

I hope this list of do’s and don’ts has helped you decide what to wear to any spring weddings you will be attending. I have gathered all of my favorite spring dresses, shoes, jewelry, and handbags that would be perfect to wear to any spring wedding. Shop each category in the widgets below!

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Do you have your outfit picked out yet for any upcoming weddings you will be attending?! Let me know in the comment section below what you will be wearing! If you have any further questions about wedding guest attire or wedding etiquette, please feel free to ask. I will be sure to answer any questions you may have!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great rest of your week.

Photos by Andrew Parsons

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