Wedding Guest Outfits: Get Inspired

It’s wedding season! If you’ve got a big family or a large friendship group, it’s likely you’ll be going to at least one wedding this year, maybe more. Planning an outfit for a wedding can be tricky business. You’ll need to know the wedding colours, any dress codes the couple has requested and you may want to co-ordinate with your partner so you get at least one picture-perfect snap of you both to put in a frame at home. Thinking about all of that is enough to cause anxiety, but don’t worry, we have you covered. Take a look at this 2017 wedding inspiration.

Tea Dress


If you’re looking for something vintage and versatile, you can’t get much better than the tea dress. You’ll usually find tea dresses that are knee to mid-length and they’re ideal for outdoor weddings or weddings that are held on a hot day. One of the best things about a tea dress is that you’re able to use it again, so it won’t be stuck in your wardrobe for the rest of the year.


Again, perfect for an outdoor wedding. Sundresses are ideal for weddings you know very little about. So, if you’re panicking about wearing the same colour as the bridesmaids or turning up in something another guest is wearing, a sundress is your best bet. That’s because you’ll usually be able to find them in an array of colours, patterns and florals.

Lace Dress


You can never go wrong with lace at a wedding. It’s a classic and elegant material that never gets old. However, it is very popular, and it’s also used a lot in wedding dresses. So, to be on the safe side, never wear white lace to a wedding. Go for a strong coloured mid-length lace dress and pair it with other materials, like a silk wrap.

Maxi Dress

A maxi dress is a floor length gown with a casual style. It’s a great option for anyone who doesn’t particularly fancy having their legs on show. Although it’s often thought of as a Summer dress, it can also be styled to serve you well throughout the rest of the year too. To add a bit of flare to your maxi dress, go for one with detailed embroidery.

Pencil Dress


The pencil dress is a great option for weddings that are more formal. If it’s an event where you want to impress, a pencil dress is sophisticated and elegant. When paired with the right accessories, a pencil dress can help you to stand out from the crowd. It’s perfect if you take pride in your legs and gives you the opportunity to wear some killer heels.


The Shoes

Once you’ve decided upon your outfit, your next challenge is to find a pair of shoes that will set it off. The shoes you choose are important. Do you want some added height? Would you prefer flats? Will the venue be suitable for heels? Here are some ideas.

Stiletto:  The timeless stiletto has everything you need to complete your outfit. They may not be worn again for some time, but they’re certainly a justifiable purchase. If you choose a neutral colour, like black, you’ll often be able to pair them with future outfits and they’ll even look cute with a pair of jeans.



Wedges: Wedges are more of a casual shoe, but that doesn’t mean you can’t wear them to a wedding. If your dress has a lot of detail, you may want to tone down the rest of your accessories. Wearing a wedge will give you the same kind of height as a stiletto, but wedges aren’t as stand out. So, they’re ideal if you’re wearing a sundress or maxi dress with a lot of colour or pattern.



Flats: If you don’t need the added height, flats are still an option at a wedding. It also means you don’t have to worry about destroying your feet on the dance floor. However, flats can be somewhat boring and generic, so keep your eyes out for something truly special. Why not consider sending your flats away to have them hand painted with a unique design?



Now is your time to shine! A wedding is an opportunity to wear your best, but don’t be tempted to overdo it. If your outfit is already a show-stopper, you could ruin it by adding too much jewellery. If you have a high neck outfit, consider wearing a choker. A low-neck outfit gives you the chance to wear something plunging. Use your intuition and take time to plan something that will leave heads spinning!

Zoe Griffin

Editor In Chief

Editor In Chief at Live Like A VIP. Author, Journalist & Copywriter. Often found with a glass of Champagne in hand!

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