It is always nice to be invited to someone´s wedding, but many people find picking an outfit to wear a bit stressful. Sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start, so we thought we would provide you with a few pointers.
You don´t need to spend a fortune
The first tip is not to fret over money. You do not necessarily have to spend a lot on your outfit. These days fashion retailers like www.jdwilliams.co.uk sell a good selection of beautiful clothes that are designed specifically for wedding guests. They cater extremely well for women of all sizes and ages.
Start shopping early
It is important to start pulling together your outfit early, especially if you are planning to buy it online. Give yourself enough time to shop around for the various items you need. Sometimes you will go shopping and find exactly what you need straightaway. Other times, you may easily find your dress or suit, but struggle to buy the right pair of shoes or the jewelry to match.
You may also need to have things adjusted. So, allow enough time for this.
Follow the theme
If the wedding you are attending is a themed one, try to enter into the spirit of the event and buy an outfit that reflects the theme. This is especially important if the couple have asked guests to do this. In that situation, it would be rude not to dress as they have asked you to. Plus, if you are the only person not dressed in a way that reflects the theme you are going to feel very awkward.
This article explains the etiquette involved in attending a themed wedding. It is a bit tongue in cheek, but reading it will help you to get the balance right.
You need to feel comfortable. There is no point in following the trend and wearing the latest style if it does not suit you. Instead, buy something you really like.
Be ready for all kinds of weather
Even in the summer, it can sometimes be cold or wet. Therefore, it makes sense to buy a jacket to go with your dress. It is always wise to pop a coat and an umbrella into the boot of your car.
Try your entire outfit on
The golden rule is to try everything on together at least two weeks before you are due to attend the wedding. If you can, take the time style your hair in the way you plan to wear it and put on your makeup. This sounds like a lot of work, but it really is the best way to make sure that everything looks right. Doing this, two weeks in advance ensures that you have enough time to get any little issues fixed. When you try your outfit on, go through the whole range of movements to make sure it does not pull or cut into you when you sit down.
Where to find some inspiration
Ok, so those are the basic tips. Please, go ahead, and use them to help you to buy the perfect wedding guest outfit. If you need some inspiration about what type of dress to buy, you will find this article, that we wrote a while back, particularly helpful.
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