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What to Wear: Various Wedding Setting Attires

Ah, the wedding season whirlwind—a flurry of confetti, heartfelt vows, and that eternal search for the perfect Instagram-worthy outfit. Wedding guest attire has become more than just a dress code; it's an expression of personal style, a chance to shine while honoring the couple's big day. Whether you're dreaming of sleek, sustainable fashion statements or aiming for that effortlessly chic vibe, decoding the modern wedding dress code has become an art form in itself. In this guide to wedding guest attire, we’ll unravel the secrets to nailing that perfect look that merges chic with comfort, fashion with personality, and of course, captures those Instagram-worthy snapshots.

Here is some inspo we've been loving from two of our previous weddings by Alicia Caitlyn Photography and Annie Laura Photo.

a woman walking wearing a tiered pink shaded dress
a fun circle patterned handbag

an older couple posing together wearing a yellow dress and a suit

Below we have split our wedding attire options into three categories. In each category you can find the perfect outfit based on your personal preferences. Without further ado, let's get to it!

affordable wedding guest attire: a black maxi dress, nude heels, a green plaid shirt, khakis, and brown leather dress shoes

The Affordable Option

Effortless elegance meets budget-friendly finesse in this Amazon-inspired wedding guest ensemble. For the fashion-forward lady, a stunning black maxi dress steals the spotlight, while paired seamlessly with clear nude heels that make a subtle yet striking statement. Complementing the ensemble are affordable statement earrings that add a touch of glamour without breaking the bank, epitomizing the savvy style that defines today's wedding guests. Meanwhile, the gentleman embraces the occasion in a dashing green plaid shirt paired with tan dress pants, creating an effortlessly cool and sophisticated look. Complete with brown dress shoes, this ensemble embodies affordability and trendsetting charm for the male attendee.

medium priced wedding attire: a red mid length dress, gold bow earrings, and nude heels

The Medium Priced Option

Imagine stepping into the wedding venue exuding effortless elegance and confidence in a beautiful red midi-length dress that screams sophistication without sacrificing comfort and draining your pockets. Paired flawlessly with sleek nude heels that elongate your legs and statement earrings adding a fun touch. This ensemble isn’t just an outfit—it's a reflection of style and personality, embodying the essence of modern-day chicness for a wedding guest of any age.

expensive wedding attire: blue printed maxi dress, gold knot mules, lisa lerch earrings, a slate blue tux

The Expensive Option

Step into the wedding venue dripping in exquisite sophistication with a statement-making, blue printed maxi dress that effortlessly radiates elegance and boldness. Paired with luxurious gold penny knot mules that redefine chic comfort and accessorized by the charismatic charm of Lisi Lerch earrings —where every detail tells a story of individuality and style. For the dapper gentleman, a slate blue suit from Generation Tux elevates the classic silhouette to a new era of suave, offering a timeless yet contemporary allure that perfectly complements the vibrant energy of the occasion.

Here our some of our favorite places to shop for wedding guest attire:

Lets, switch it up! For those who are getting married, here's some detail as to what to wear for engagement photos:

When preparing for an engagement shoot, navigating the do's and don'ts of attire can be a bit overwhelming. Seeking guidance, we reached out to our trusted photography friends to gather insights on ideal outfit choices for couples. To offer versatility, we strongly advise considering both a casual ensemble and a more formal attire to suit different moods and settings. We also suggest that when thinking of outfits for your engagement shoot, that you think of the aesthetic and colors of your wedding. This way, if you incorporate your engagement photos into your wedding, it will go together and look cohesive. 

The color palette also plays a pivotal role, and neutrals are a favorite among professionals. Opting for neutral tones ensures a timeless aesthetic that pairs perfectly with diverse backdrops, guaranteeing an enduring style quotient for your photographs. When it comes to “matching” your partner, that doesn't mean that you actually have to wear the same colors. It is finding that happy medium of what colors pair well with one another such as blue and white. Wearing prints during an engagement session can add personality and flair to your attire. Opting for larger prints rather than tiny ones can ensure they translate well on camera, allowing their details to shine through effectively without overpowering the overall scene. However, it's crucial to strike a balance: overly busy prints might distract from the beautiful surroundings. Opting for more subdued patterns ensures you remain the focal point while harmonizing with the environment.

Flowy clothing is always a good choice, particularly for beach settings. Its natural movement not only adds visual dynamism to the pictures but also brings a sense of ease and comfort. This flow can beautifully complement beach scapes and help create a relaxed, organic atmosphere, which, in turn, can help alleviate any stiffness in front of the camera. It's all about achieving that perfect blend of comfort, style, and harmony within the setting for stunning, natural-looking photographs.

Accessorizing can truly elevate an outfit and add that extra touch of individuality. Whether it's a striking pair of statement earrings, a sophisticated set of heels, or even a playful hat, accessories have the power to transform your look from ordinary to extraordinary. They allow you to express your personal style and add a unique flair that speaks volumes about your personality. When preparing for your engagement session, remember that accessories are your secret weapon for refining and completing your ensemble, ensuring that each photograph captures your distinctive charm and elegance.

Down below we attached some of our favorite engagement session inspo! These photos were taken at three of our past client's sessions. These beautiful photos were taken by Middle Child Photography, Magnolia Photography, and Madalyn Muncy Photography.

a couple holding each other on a pier in front of the water
a man picking up his fiancé and kissing her

a man and woman posed on a walkway under a palm tree

As you prepare to attend the wedding of your loved ones or friends, remember that your outfit should not only reflect your personal style but also honor the significance of the occasion. Whether you opt for a classic dress or a sleek suit, ensure that your attire is respectful, comfortable, and in line with the wedding's dress code. By following these guidelines and injecting your own flair, you'll not only look fabulous but also contribute to the joyous atmosphere of the celebration. After all, weddings are about love, laughter, and cherished memories, so let your outfit be a reflection of the happiness and warmth that surrounds you on this special day. Cheers to love, style, and unforgettable moments!


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