3 Things To Consider When Picking The Perfect Wedding Guest Outfit

wedding guest outfit

Its officially fall and wedding season is almost over whooo hoo you made it! In today's post I'll be sharing 3 things to consider before you pick your wedding guest outfit so you nail your look every time. I've talked about weddings a few times here on the blog basically how to attend affordably and still look chic! Cause weddings can get expensive for all parties including guests. But today I want to give you a formula of sorts so you don't have to stress about what to wear anymore.

wedding guest outfit


wedding guest outfit

The first thing to consider is the climate and location

  • This would seem like a no brainer but I myself have been victim to wearing a summer dress in late April and freezing my behind. Chances are that if the wedding is inside there will be temperature control so the AC might be on full blast or vice versa the heat. If you are coming from out of town please check the weather forecast because it may be 85 degrees in SoCal but if you are headed to New Hampshire in early October 55 degrees there. This is very important especially if any portion of the wedding is outdoors.

The next thing to consider is the dress code

  • Most invites will give you a clue as to what to wear so if it says "Black Tie" don't show up in a sundress even if it's at the beach. A quick google search will help you determine the difference between a "White tie" or "Black Tie" affair or what "Beach Formal" means.
  • Also, always try and put yourself in the bride's shoes you wouldn't want a guest to stick out like a sore thumb at your wedding so try to remember to lean more conservative with your choices. You want to be comfortable so if you have to constantly hike your dress up or down its better left for another occasion. You will be wearing this outfit for hours so chances are that if it's too tight you'll be miserable.

The last thing to consider are the colors

  • Choose colors that are complementary to the wedding party but not the same. I'm Nigerian so colors are a big deal when it comes to weddings for us its what we usually use to identify your relationship to the couple and your significance. Friends of the bride wear one color, the couple's family wear another, distant relatives another ETC. It may not be as important in American weddings but if the colors for the wedding party are black and red a neon outfit is probably not the way to go.

Finally, if you are really in doubt pack a backup outfit this is also great because many an accident/wardrobe malfunction has happened at a wedding. Another option would be to ask parties close to the couple like one of the bridesmaids for ideas.

Tory Burch Whitney Bracelet Watch // Asos Curve midi dress with batwing sleeve and wrap waist  // Louise et Cie Hanabeth Genuine Calf Hair Pump  // Kate Spade Tortoise Statement Earrings  // Benedetta Bruzziches Ariel Smooth Minaudiere Clutch Bag

I was instantly sold on this dress from Asos when I saw the model strutting in it! The main thing that attracted me to it was the detail around the waist and the cut! I knew I wouldn't need to wear any Spanx but it would still accentuate my figure. I also loved that it wasn't black but that the green was subtle enough for a wedding. To add some interest I went with pops of color in my shoe and bag. If I were to wear this dress now I may have opted for burgundy, pumpkin, or black colored accessories.

wedding guest outfit


In retrospect, this was a great look and would have been perfect if I were going to an American wedding but for a Nigerian wedding it was quite safe and now I wish I would have worn This Dress Instead. My takeaway culture matters as well when picking what to wear! So keep that in mind when as well when choosing what to wear. Like today’s post SHARE it with a friend, also be sure to sign up for our Newsletter for exclusive content and upcoming happenings; follow this blog on Bloglovin so you never miss a post.



  1. September 23, 2019 / 11:07 am

    What a beautiful dress! I absolutely love the color – I feel like I keep looking for the same perfect shade but it is SO hard to find! You look amazing in it!

    Life is a Shoe

  2. Michsi
    September 23, 2019 / 3:30 pm

    These are great tips. I really love this olive color on your skin tone.

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