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DECODING COMMON WEDDING DRESS ETIQUETTE

It’s that time of year again! Once spring rolls around, it might seem as though there’s another wedding invitation landing in your mailbox every week. Once you figure out which events you can attend and send in your RSVPs, the next order of business is to figure out what you’ll wear.

Every wedding is different, and the dress codes can get downright confusing: What’s the difference between white and black tie? Does casual dress really mean casual? Can you wear a cocktail dress to a semi-formal wedding?

So here’s what you need to know to decode proper wedding dress etiquette!

White Tie

A white tie wedding: The fanciest dress possible, and you’ll need to go all out. For a white tie affair, you should typically wear a floor-length gown in an understated color—think gala attire. Black Tie

One step down from white tie is its cousin, black tie. This is also fancy dress, mandating formal attire. However, most people agree that you have a little more freedom when it comes to color and hem length. A chic high-low gown or a full-length dress will serve you well here! You can try the Long Sleeve Lace Bodycon Dress of -Urhokas.com

Semi-Formal

Semi-formal weddings give you a little more leeway when it comes to attire. Floor-length dresses aren’t necessary, but you’ll still want to look polished and put together. You can certainly wear a long dress, but a shorter dress is also appropriate (as is a classy jumpsuit!). Try not to let your hem creep up too far, however—knee-length or longer is your best bet. Maybe a Metallic Satin Dress would work perfectly! Check -Urhokas.com

Cocktail

Cocktail attire isn’t all that different from semi-formal, though it’s technically another small step down on the formality scale. (You can likely recycle a semi-formal dress and no one will be the wiser.) So really, any cocktail dress will serve you well here!

Beach

When an invite says beach attire, it doesn’t mean bring your bathing suit! It’s just a heads up that you’ll be near the ocean, where it will likely be both sunny and windy, so dress accordingly. Perhaps opt for a maxi dress to avoid any wind-driven wardrobe malfunctions. Tip: This also allows you to wear practical (like wedge!) shoes underneath so you’re not struggling in heels though the sand.

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