Last updated on April 21st, 2016 at 05:00 pm
Once the sunny and warm weather comes around the wedding season gets off the ground again. There is nothing worse than getting hitched in the pouring rain so this time of year is generally the most popular for those loved up couples. When it comes to knowing what shoes to wear for that all important date it can be a bit of a nightmare, especially if you have children to dress up too, however fear not we are here with our top tips and style inspiration so you can plan what you’re wearing well in advance and decide on what shoes to wear for all that special day.
Wedding Guests Outfits: Do’s & Don’ts
So you’ve got that all-important invitation and you’re on the lookout for that special outfit. There are a few do’s and don’ts for all wedding guests when it comes to your outfit and footwear, so read on for our handy tips and tricks:
Don’t wear white, this is the golden rule of being a wedding guest, white is strictly reserved for the bride only. Choosing the same colour as the most important woman of the day will not go down well and all eyes will be on you and not the blushing bride. This rule applies to you men too, wearing white or cream will only confuse you with the wedding party so steer clear.
Do wear prints; a bold print dress will make you stand out for all the right reasons. A bold and colourful floral print is perfect for a Spring/Summer wedding while a polka dot print adds a cool retro twist to your look that is bang on trend.
Don’t dress in head to toe black, a wedding is a joyous occasion that is full of colour, a completely black outfit is far too harsh and looks out of place. However a cool monochrome look is super stylish and modern. For men swap your black suit for softer grey and blue teamed with an contrasting coloured tie.
Do wear a hat or headpiece; a statement hat can really bring an outfit to life and is a fantastic conversation starter. A pretty, brightly coloured fascinator can really make an outfit pop while plastic or fresh flowers worn in your hair can give you a soft, romantic look that is perfect for an outdoor wedding.
Don’t flash too much flesh, don’t dress up like you are going on a night out, less is more when it comes to how much flesh you have on show at a wedding. Choose legs or décolletage not both, it’s about looking your best and looking natural, again you don’t want to upstage the bride.
Do be creative with your cover up. As we all know the Great British weather can bring with it as much rain as it does sun, so don’t get caught out! Choose a pretty cover up that matches your outfit perfectly. A pastel coloured pashmina, a fitted blazer or quirky cape will add that final flourish to your outfit. Why not choose something with a pretty pattern to add a bold touch to a otherwise plain outfit.
Don’t be a slave to heels. If you know you are not confident in heels choose a pretty pair of flats, for a wedding while in warmer months choose a pretty detailed pair of sandals instead. If you do choose heels then pop a pair of flats in your handbag so you can swap them over for an evening of dancing.
Do check what other guests are wearing too, you don’t want to turn up feeling confident and find that you are in the same outfit as someone else. Also having a good balance of colours between your group of friends will stop you looking too matchy matchy on the photographs.
What to Wear for a Wedding: Women
Being a guest at a wedding is super exciting; it’s a great chance for dressing up to the nines and having a good time with friends and family. However pulling off the perfect outfit takes careful planning so as soon as you receive the invitation it’s time to think about what look you want to go for. Take into consideration the time of year, what trends are around and what colours suit you best. It’s always easier to dress from the feet up so choose your footwear first.
A pair of classic court shoes will add a dressy, elegant touch to whatever outfit you team with them, a pair of round toe heels will work perfectly with a fifties style dress to create a vintage look that’s bang on trend, choose a nude colour to elongate your legs. Choosing a body-con midi dress in a bold eye-catching colour or print will look amazing when styled with a modern pointed toe heel, choosing a heel with studded detailing will add an interesting touch to your overall look. Don’t forget heels will add drama and a high fashion touch to a tailored suit, add a flash of colour with a slick of lippy.
You don’t have to choose heels to create a dressy look; ballerinas can add a really pretty and delicate touch. Styling a pastel coloured tulle skirt with a sequin top along with some jewelled ballerina’s will give you a romantic look that is perfect for a wedding, add a statement necklace and jewelled hair piece for a real glamorous, sparkly touch. For those Spring and Summer weddings a pair of pretty diamante toe post sandals will work lovely with your chosen dress or mix things up and choose a floral playsuit and pastel blazer for a modern boho look. If you’re a fan of the seventies revival then choose a pair of chunky sandals to wear with a floral or bright jumpsuit and floppy fedora hat, this gives you a gorgeous retro look that would look amazing for an outdoors wedding.
What to Wear for a Wedding: Men
We know choosing something to wear for a wedding can be just as difficult for you men as it is women, do you go in a suit or something a bit more laid back? Why not try our tip of dressing from the feet upwards and choose your shoes first. A pair of stylish brogue shoes is always going to be a winner for those special occasions, not only do they look super smart but they are comfortable too. Why not swap your usual black pair for a softer brown or tan colour. Brown shoes look fantastic when styled with a navy or grey suit; the colours really complement one another. Choose a contrasting tie and handkerchief to add a personal and unique touch.
If it’s a vintage look you’re after team a knitted blazer with black trousers and black lace up smart shoes. Adding brightly coloured socks will give a flash of colour when you walk and don’t forget to swap the tie for a fun bow tie. If the wedding is a more relaxed affair then why not leave the suit in the wardrobe and choose a pair of tailored trousers to go with a fresh crisp shirt, by wearing a pair of slip on shoes with this look you have a relaxed yet smart outfit that works perfectly for weddings. Nowadays many people are choosing to jet off to get married, it’s a less formal occasion and more relaxed, if that’s the case then a pair of smart sandals with a short sleeved shirt and smart shorts will give you a look that’s perfect for those beach weddings.
What to Wear for a Wedding: Kids
Getting the little ones ready for a wedding can be stressful but it can also be a lot of fun, getting as much input from the little ones themselves will really help and stop any tantrums about what they have to wear come the big day. For little girls choose pastel shades or bold prints, don’t forget that a cover up is essential for the unpredictable weather, you don’t want her to get cold. Style their outfits with pretty ballerinas, which are perfectly comfortable on little feet.
Choose from glam glitter, sequins and delicate lace details to put that final touch to their outfit. For older girls let them go for something girly with some heeled party shoes, choose styles that have a bit of sparkle so they can feel like a princess for the day, choosing a style similar to your own shoes will make them feel like mum for the day. For little boys choose an outfit that’s a mini version of dads, a smart pair of trousers and fun bow tie will make him feel grown up, don’t forget to add a smart jacket. If he would rather be playing with the other guests children he is going to want to be comfy so choose a smart casual shirt and light coloured chinos for a relaxed look. Choose easy fasten shoes for him to put on and take off himself, brown is a nice alternative to black and will work well with most other colours.
So there you have it our top tips to help you style yourself and the family this wedding season. Weddings are fun, a time of celebration with your loved ones so plan your outfit as soon as you receive your invitation. Take advantage of sales to pick things up and try and choose something you know you will wear again and remember our top tip, always dress from the shoes upwards!