What to Wear to a Spring Wedding

  • 01 of 08

    Spring Wedding Attire, Decoded

    Spring wedding attire ideas
    Illustration: Catherine Song. © The Spruce, 2018

    One of the most fun, and also the most agonizing parts of being a wedding guest is figuring out what to wear. Even if the invitation clearly states the dress code, it can be tricky to find an appropriate dress. Here are our suggestions for what to wear to every type of spring wedding.

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  • 02 of 08

    What to Wear to a Casual Spring Daytime Wedding

    What to wear to a casual daytime wedding
    Illustration: Catherine Song. © The Spruce, 2018

    At a casual spring daytime wedding, you'll want to look relaxed but not sloppy. Don't think casual means jeans! Instead, it means be well-groomed, fashionable, and comfortable. cottons, linens, and knits are all appropriate.

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  • 03 of 08

    What to Wear to a Dressy Daytime Wedding

    What to wear to a dressy daytime wedding
    Illustration: Catherine Song. © The Spruce, 2018

    A dressy daytime wedding calls for something fancier than a cotton sundress. Choose a pretty suit, or a feminine, elegant dress. In some countries, ​a hat is necessary for a formal daytime wedding, but in the U.S. it's purely optional. Many guests make the mistakes of either dressing too casually or wear an evening dress. Look for lighter colors in a fabric like chiffon, which feels formal without being overly stuffy. 

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  • 04 of 08

    What to Wear to a Formal Church Wedding

    What to wear to a formal church wedding
    Illustration: Catherine Song. © The Spruce, 2018

    Too many guests attending formal church weddings don't understand the need to be a little modest. While that strapless evening dress will look great on the dance floor, it may not be respectful enough for a religious setting. Yet you want something that will also work for the reception.

    Look for a dress that comes with a matching jacket. With a jacket on, you'll look church-appropriate. Later on, take the jacket off to show off gown.

    Another way to be modest for a church wedding is to find a beautiful wrap or bolero. In order to be respectful, make sure your dress covers the knee and isn't too low-cut and that your shoulders are covered.

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  • 05 of 08

    When the Invitation Says "Festive Attire"

    What to wear to a wedding with "festive" attire
    Illustration: Catherine Song. © The Spruce, 2018

    When an invitation says "festive attire" that means the wedding will be a fun party, and they want guests to dress flirty and fashionably. You can wear bolder colors and shorter skirts. Whatever you wear should make you feel pretty and sexy, so that you'll be ready to dance and have a good time. 

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  • 06 of 08

    What to Wear to a Semi-Formal Wedding

    Illustration of what to wear to a semi-formal wedding
    Illustration: Catherine Song. © The Spruce, 2018

    Most weddings are semi-formal, meaning you should choose a cocktail dress for evening and a short dress or suit for daytime. If the invitation doesn't give you any clues, semi-formal dresses are the best choice for what to wear to a spring wedding. Look for to-the-knee or slightly above the knee, fabrics like silk, chiffon, satin, or taffeta, and minimal or no beading. Most of all, look for something that makes you feel beautiful, and helps you want to celebrate!

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  • 07 of 08

    What to Wear to a Black Tie Optional Wedding

    Illustration of what to wear to a black tie optional wedding
    Illustration: Catherine Song. © The Spruce, 2018

    For a black-tie-optional spring wedding, chose a dress that is more formal than a cocktail dress, but isn't quite an evening gown. You can choose either a simple floor-length dress or a short dress that has beading.

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  • 08 of 08

    What to Wear to a Black Tie Wedding

    Illustration of what to wear to a black tie wedding
    Illustration: Catherine Song. © The Spruce, 2018

    Black tie weddings call for long dresses, formal enough to compliment tuxedos. While some women will "cheat" by wearing an evening suit or even a cocktail dress, it's better to stick to a proper evening dress. Generally, this means darker colors and more luxe fabrics.

    Look for dresses with embellishments—this is as close to a red carpet level event as most women will get! Think: beaded belts, sequins and cutaway details.