Ted’s Guide to Wedding Guest Dresses

You’ve saved the date and RSVP’d – now comes the challenge of picking your outfit. Luckily, whether you’ve got a spot at the top table or you’re just there to sip champagne in a dress that you love, Ted’s got plenty of wedding guest outfits for every situation.

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What to Wear to a Summer Wedding

Summer tends to be peak season for nuptials, so say ‘I do’ to Ted’s summer wedding guest dresses. When it comes to dresses to wear to a summer wedding, location is key. For a church wedding, a certain amount of modesty is required (think covered shoulders and knee-length or longer hemlines), but light fabrics and non-restricting silhouettes can help you keep cool; floral wedding guest dresses are a safe-yet-stylish option for a traditional ceremony. Jetting off somewhere sunny? Outdoor and beach wedding guest dresses can be a little less formal, taking into consideration the setting and the heat. Floaty silhouettes and strappy necklines will have you feeling like the best-dressed guest on the beach.

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What to Wear to a Winter Wedding

Winter weddings are becoming increasingly popular, but they can be that little bit trickier to dress for. Winter wedding guest dresses should offer a little more coverage and come in a seasonally-appropriate colour (Ted’s favourites are grey, oxblood, and navy). Wedding guest dresses with sleeves are a practical, elegant choice and instead of light, floaty fabrics, you can opt for lace, velvet, or even sequins. Forever a fan of the unexpected, Ted is an advocate of short wedding guest dresses for winter, with the addition of opaque tights and closed toe shoes.

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Wedding Outfits for Mothers

If it’s your son or daughter walking up the aisle, the pressure to impress can be even greater. Traditionally, the mother of the bride purchases her outfit first, which dictates what the mother of the groom wears; this isn’t essential protocol these days but it is nice to liaise with each other to avoid any major faux pas. Unless the bride requests otherwise, white and ivory should be avoided in wedding outfits for the mother of the bride or groom, and black is generally a no-go, too (we’re not in mourning!). When it comes to colours, the best bet is to consult with the bride – some wish for the mums to match the bridesmaids, others like when the mother of the groom dresses in contrast with the mother of the bride, while some have no preference so long as everyone’s comfortable.

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Bridesmaid Dresses

From making sure everyone likes them to ensuring they tie in with the rest of the wedding, choosing your bridesmaid dresses is no mean feat. Luckily, these days the options are endless and Ted’s got everything from your traditional maxi bridesmaid dresses to short, contemporary styles. A popular option for modern brides is to have everyone in the same colour but with a different style of dress – this means you can accommodate different body types and personal tastes. When it comes to colour, consider skin tones and remember that you want the bridesmaids and groomsmen to complement each other. As with all guest outfits, location comes first; long, heavy dresses might not be the best for the beach, and plunging necklines probably won’t be welcome in church.

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What to Wear to a Wedding Reception

Received an evening-only invite? Your job is a little easier. Dresses for wedding reception guests still depend on the dress code, however, so be sure to check your invitation. If the dress code is black tie, then a long gown or formal cocktail dress is expected. For most other wedding receptions, you’ll want to choose something that’s equal parts elegant and comfortable, whether it’s a dress, jumpsuit, or two-piece suit – you’ll regret that restricting outfit and painful-to-walk-in shoes when the dancefloor calls your name. It goes without saying that white is still off the cards, but black (and basically any other colour) is completely acceptable for the evening do.

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Wedding Guest Accessories

No outfit is complete without those all-important accessories, and luckily Ted’s got a plethora of wedding guest shoes and bags to hand. A clutch bag is a true wedding guest essential; make sure it’s big enough for your lipstick, phone and confetti. When it comes to footwear, consider the ground you’ll be walking on. If you’re mainly going to be indoors, a slim stiletto is fine, but if you’re likely to be on grass, opt for a chunkier heel. Beach wedding? Ted recommends a flat sandal for all-night dancing and to avoid sinking in the sand.

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