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What to Wear to a Morning Wedding?

Updated on April 23, 2012
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Nothing! If you are the couple, that is. That entire bit at the church and the reception hall is mostly ceremonial stuff; and you will have been expertly advised and elegantly attired for the special, and public occasion (more on that later). The marriage becomes real with the act of marriage – sex. And for that you need not wear anything, but you would do well to grace the occasion with sexy lingerie. Yes! The laces and shiny straps.

And if you are not the bride and groom? Don’t worry. Everyone will be so busy looking at the bridal party that they will have no time to notice that you forgot to dry clean your suit. Even if you heard that the bride has ordered the gentlemen in her wedding party to wear tuxedo to a morning wedding you don’t have to follow suit. Ha! Got that? Follow suit!!! As a guest you are not obligated to join them in breaking fashion rules. Most experts agree that gentlemen should not wear a tuxedo during the day time, regardless of the formality of the event. A suit and tie will take a well groomed gentleman just about anywhere.

Photo by Jina Lee.  GNU Free Documentation License.
Photo by Jina Lee. GNU Free Documentation License.

Ladies Must Dress for Location and Time

Life is easier for ladies except in fashion. A man can wear a dark suit to a morning wedding because…he is a man. Ladies would do well to dress for the location and time of day.

Here is the summary of advice from three expert sites.

StylePhyle suggests “something light and fresh, like a
light-colored suit or a breezy dress would be your best bet (as long as you stay away from white, of course!)”

Wedding Channel echoes the same sentiments with “Men should still plan to wear a suit or nice sports coat and slacks, and a tie. Women can wear a nice dress, skirt or suit, and might opt for something comparatively colorful, or floral.” provides detailed advice based on the formality of the occasion.

Informal Daytime: Short dress or suit (business attire OK for morning weddings).

Semi-Formal Daytime: Short dress or suit.

Formal Daytime: Short dress or suit. Hats and gloves optional.


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    • Bruce A. Beaudet profile image

      Bruce A. Beaudet 6 years ago from Canada

      Good advice I could have used years ago!

    • LeanMan profile image

      Tony 7 years ago from At the Gemba

      I would not look too good in that selection, but my wife would look great..

    • Wendy Krick profile image

      Wendy Krick 7 years ago from Maryland

      I agree with semi formal morning wedding. I would wear a short dress.