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What to wear to an evening wedding

Posted on December 27th, 2007 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Attire 2 Comments

black-white-dress.jpgWomen have trouble deciding what to wear to most special events, but an evening wedding seems to be even more troublesome.

If you have been invited to an evening wedding, the main thing to remember is don’t out-do the bride.

Though, you want to look great, don’t wear anything too glitzy. You will draw too much attention to yourself. If this is a black tie affair, an evening gown is appropriate. If it’s less formal, then a cocktail dress is suitable.

When choosing an evening gown, avoid sequins. They are just “too much.” Beaded gowns are fine as long as they are not too glitzy. And though many people think, you shouldn’t wear black to an evening wedding, it’s actually perfectly acceptable for a black tie wedding and reception. Skip the plunging necklines and high slits. Instead choose something a little more conservative.

For the less formal event, don’t go too short. Mini dresses aren’t appropriate to wear to church weddings and you want something you will be able to dance and move in. I am partial to dresses that fall right at the knee or tea length dresses for this type of event.

Whatever you wear, be comfortable. Weddings and receptions last for several hours. So don’t kill yourself by wearing something too tight or shoes that are too high.

If you are buying a new dress for the event, make sure it’s something you are going to wear more than once. There’s no need to waste considerable money on a dress you will never wear again. Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s and most other department stores have a nice dress section, you can also check out online retailers such as for plenty of options.

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Comments (2)

  1. 1Melissa

    It helps a lot when you put on your invitations what you expect for attire at your wedding. We put
    “Semi-Formal”, just meaning no jeans and t-shirts please, but no ball gowns of course. So it helps the guests a lot by letting them know the feel of your wedding (super fancy, casual and comfy).

  2. 2griffy

    this is good advice for that always confusing dilema of “what do I wear”

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