What To Wear As A Wedding Guest

So you’ve got the invitation, the gift, and now it’s time to figure out what to wear. Finding the right outfit for any occasion can be difficult, but for formal events such as weddings, it can be nearly impossible. Is your dress standing out because it’s too formal, or not formal enough? And what about your date’s suit? He can’t possibly show up in a casual outfit when the dress attire calls for Black Tie!

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Here is where The Black Tux comes in. The Black Tux is a nontraditional suit and tuxedo rental company that provides a variety of tux styles and accessories. They’ve created a wedding guest style guide that clearly outlines how you should dress for every type of wedding, and have provided some tips on choosing the perfect look.

Read the Invitation

This is the best place to start as the bride and groom will typically put the dress code expectations right on the invitation. Or, if the dress code isn’t stated explicitly, pay attention to the formality of the stationary itself. You’ll also get a pretty good idea based on the ceremony and reception venues, so feel free to do some research and look into the overall aesthetic of the locations.

What’s your role?

Whether you’re a close family member, a friend, or part of the wedding party, it’s safe to assume the bride and groom have some requests when it comes to choosing your ensemble.

First is the obvious: don’t wear white or anything resembling the shade. You risk the chance of getting some dirty looks from the wedding party and the guests.

If you’re the mother of the bride or groom, pick a dress based on the wedding color palette. Be sure to get it approved by the bride and groom!

Lastly, if you’re in the wedding party, you must be in contact with the bride and groom. If they haven’t already told you something very specific they want you to wear, they’ll at least typically approve your dress and suit styles, and any accessories you want to wear.

Consider the location

When picking out your dress, suit, shoes, and accessories, it’s important to know where you will be. If the wedding is outdoors, it would be wise to leave the stilettos at home and pick a dress that won’t touch the floor. The season also plays a role and you may want to bring a shawl just in case it gets a little cool, or choose lighter fabrics during the summer.

And of course, comfort is key. Pick shoes that are stylish yet practical, and if you must wear those new heels be sure to pack a backup pair of flats for the dance floor.

Styling your guy

Ladies, we know how difficult it is to coordinate outfits with your date or pick out options for the groom and groomsmen. Be patient, take their personality and unique style into consideration, and find something that complements you both. Play with different layers such as vests and jackets, and consider incorporating patterned ties or accessories that stand out.

To make things even easier, The Black Tux has styles for every guy, from traditional to more creative, and even full curated outfits for those who don’t want to put in too much thought. For more styling tips based on specific dress codes, check out their wedding guest style guide.



The Black Tux was founded in 2013 by Andrew Blackmon and Patrick Coyne, longtime friends who, while preparing for Andrew’s wedding in 2011, saw an opportunity to offer men an alternative to traditional tuxedo and suit rental outlets. After their experience renting for Andrew’s wedding, they decided to explore different ways to improve the tuxedo rental process.

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