Brides Cringe When They See These Wedding Guest Outfit Mistakes

Attending other people’s weddings: It’s a rewarding (albeit stressful and oftentimes expensive) endeavor, but it’s also an occasion where you’re obligated to put someone else’s needs above your own. For a couple that has spent months—if not years—imagining every detail of their big day, the details matter. So while normally what you wear is entirely on you, when it comes to their big day, there are wedding guest outfit mistakes you’ll want to keep in mind.

Below you’ll find a breakdown of five simple style faux pas to avoid as a wedding guest. From the colors to avoid to the footwear mistake that could spoil an entire event, take note and both you and the couple will enjoy their big day. While we can’t take the stress out of picking out the right registry gift or actually getting to the wedding, at least what you wear won’t be on your mind. Read on for the rules and to shop wedding-worthy styles below.

One must-avoid mistake: Don’t wear white or cream, unless you’re instructed otherwise by the couple. Instead, stick to soft colors or simple patterns that look pretty without feeling over-the-top.

Make sure to keep the invite on hand when figuring out what to wear. If it’s black-tie, you’ll want to stick with formal attire, while for a beach wedding, you’ll want something more casual.

While it may not always be avoidable, generally it’s best to avoid being too matchy-matchy with the wedding party. Let’s just say that it will help you steer clear of awkward conversations (and photos), especially if you’re not particularly close to the couple in the first place.

Wearing white is one thing, but it’s best to err on the side of caution when it comes to anything too loud, in general. While some couples might not mind a friend in red or sequins, others might feel upstaged.

Often, a couple’s goal (besides, you know, actually getting married) is to ensure guests have a memorable night, so it’d be a shame to have to spend the entire wedding hanging back due to a pair of shoes that pinch or cause blisters.

This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated. 

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