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Appropriate Wedding Attire For Her & Him

Updated on June 27, 2014

Although there are countless new designs for wedding ensembles, you’ll find that even the most modern brides and grooms still wear outfits similar to those worn by their parents and even their grandparents when they got married many years ago. This is because wedding attire is not just dictated by fashion; there is also a form of etiquette which needs to be followed. Keep reading to find out the formal, semiformal and informal wedding attire rules so you don’t fall foul!

General Rules

To clarify matters, a daytime wedding is held before 6:00 p.m. whereas a nighttime event is held after 6:00 p.m. or else it begins just before this time with the celebrations due to be held long into the night. If you are holding a wedding celebration in a five-star banquet room in the evening, your attire must be as impressive as your surroundings. The groom must a full suit and tie while the bride should be wearing a traditional wedding gown, preferably with a veil.

An outdoors afternoon wedding on the other hand is slightly less formal so the groom can wear a smart suit while the bride may wear a white sundress. There are of course a variety of variations.

Formal Attire

If the event is a formal one, no bride can ever go wrong with a long white dress and according to tradition, a strapless dress is best for an evening wedding. Men of course have it pretty easy since a tuxedo is pretty much all he needs for pretty much any formal event and it should be worn with a waistcoat and cutaway jacket. The groom should only wear white tie attire during evening weddings as it is unsuitable for daytime affairs.

Semi-formal Attire

For semi-formal daytime occasions, brides can wear three-quarter sleeves to preserve modesty and they can also wear a shorter dress coming down to around knee level. Brides should steer clear of strapless dresses if the wedding event is not carrying on into the evening. Grooms yet again have things easy as a regular suit is perfectly acceptable. In the evening, a bride can wear much the same as she would in a daytime wedding but the dress should go below the knee and strapless gowns are okay. Men can revert to the tried and trusted tuxedo attire if they wish.

Informal Attire

The bride gets to choose what is worn during an informal daytime event and the choice is mainly about the fabric worn. A cotton dress may be worn and the important thing is not to be overdressed. The groom should wear a cheerful cotton suit and a floral tie. As for evening events, the bride can completely do away with tradition and wear something like a strapless dress with a fuller skirt while the groom should opt for a sensible, well-cut suit.

In conclusion...

As you can see, there are still strict conventions for formal weddings but once you get into the semi-formal and informal range, you can have some fun and allow your style to shine through. Regardless of the attire you plan on wearing or are asked to wear, be sure to focus on the most important aspect of the day... the union between two loving people!

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