Ah, the stress of figuring out what to wear to a wedding can almost take the fun out of the whole celebration. But we're here to break down the wedding-guest dress code for you, one nuptial venue at a time, to hopefully make the entire process easy and stress-free. We've already rounded up some of the best dresses to wear to a summer ceremony, found the top frocks for a winter wedding, and today, we're spotlighting one of the most difficult dress codes of all: what to wear to a formal wedding.
Formal weddings are lavish, they're elegant, and they're actually much easier to dress for than you might think. Why? Because all you need to do is pick something that's inherently chic, refined, and elegant. Apply what you know about traditional partywear and use that when picking out what to wear to a black-tie ceremony. Some failsafe pieces you can always lean on? You'll find our four favorites, below.
An evening gown
Check the one shoulder cut.
You can't go wrong with floor-length velvet.
A cocktail dress
A cocktail dress to keep forever.
This poppy blue hue is so fun.
As is this yellow.
Halter dresses are officially back.
An elegant two-piece suit
A black suit is essential.
Dare to go bold? Try this pink set.
What a steal!
Warm and cozy, this wool blazer is great for a formal winter wedding.
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Wear this one with big, gold hoops.
This one looks like a dress.
So Elle Woods.
Add in crystal jewels to show you mean serious business.
Next up, the three "boring" items every bride needs.