When the wedding invitation says March, April or May, you could be in for snow, rain or a hot sun. So just how is a wedding guest to dress? Skip the somber colors and heavy fabrics of winter, opting instead to step out in crisp colors and lightweight fabrics.
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Things you need
- Women's Dress Shoes
- Mens' Dress Pants
- Long Skirts
- Empire Dresses
- Pashmina Wraps
- Women's Suits
- Women's Raincoat
- Men's Dress Shirts
Consider the time and location of the wedding. Day weddings tend to be less formal than those held after dark, and country club and estate receptions usually call for dressier attire than ones held in a home or community hall.
Remember that dresses for women and suits for men are standard wedding attire. Women might select a cocktail dress for an evening function or a knee-length sheath dress for a day function, whereas men can get away with a sport coat and slacks for a more casual affair.
Skip the standard work outfit. Women might opt for a satin shell instead of a button-down blouse when wearing a suit, whereas men should skip the white or pinstripe shirts and go for a solid shirt and slightly darker tie.
Understand that black-tie or formal attire means a tuxedo or dark suit and tie for men. Women might pair a full-length satin skirt with a beaded shell or a pashmina wrap with an empire-waist gown.
Match slingback pumps with a suit or sassy mules with a daytime dress, ladies.
Feel free to wear black or white, which are both acceptable colors for springtime nuptials. Women should wear a contrasting shell with a black suit or an embroidered pastel cardigan with a white dress.
Skip the satin shoes and light colors if rain is in the forecast, opting instead for darker-toned pumps.
Keep in mind that whatever the weather forecast, an umbrella and raincoat are essential. The spring air can carry a chill, particularly at night, and spring showers are always a possibility.
Tips and warnings
- Resist the temptation to put on a very eye-catching or attention-grabbing outfit. At a wedding, all eyes should be on the bride.