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Deciding what to wear to a wedding can be stressful. What you wear all depends on what the invite says, so we've created this handy little go-to guide to help you get through wedding season. Cheers! (Image: Nordstrom)

What to wear to a wedding, based on the invite

I'll never forget my wedding day. It was absolutely perfect. The sun was shinning, my husband and I were surrounded by the people we love most and they were all there to celebrate US. We said our "I Do's", danced all night and I got to smash cake in his face. It was pure, unforgettable bliss.

When I think back to our wedding day, I remember several things: feeling like a glam Hollywood bride, saying our lovely vows - and the woman who showed up in jean shorts and flip flops. And the other woman who wore white.

Who wears knee-length jean shorts with flip flops to a wedding? And at what point did it become OK to wear a white dress to another person's wedding? Never. The answer is NEVER. Trust me, I did my research. Glamour, the Knot and Martha Stewart all say NO. Save the white for a special occasion that doesn't involve vows.

Deciding what to wear to a wedding can be stressful. What you wear all depends on what the invite says, so we've created this handy little go-to guide to help you get through wedding season.

The invite says: "White Tie"
Dress to impress, think Oscars! Not too much cleavage and not too short. You don't want to look like you're dressed for the bachelorette party.

The invite says: "Black Tie"
This usually indicates that it's an evening wedding . Think tuxedo for him, chic cocktail dress for her.

The invite says: "Formal" or "Black Tie Optional"
He wears a suit, she wears a classy dress (long and fabulous).

The invite says: "Beach Formal"
Anything you'd wear to a nice dinner at a restaurant in the summer. Beach doesn't mean swim gear, shorts or flip flops. A cute dressed-up romper is totally acceptable.

The invite says: "Semiformal" or "Dressy Casual"
Ladies, you can totally go with a dressy skirt and top with this one. Guys can wear a collared shirt and slacks.

The invite says: "Casual"
Generally, casual means anything goes - but wedding rules are different. Unless the invite says "wear jean shorts" - stick with business casual to be on the safe side. (I just threw up a little thinking about the jean shorts).

More DON'TS
Other than wearing a white dress or jeans - RED. Don't do it. The reason: Red is attention catching (especially fire engine red) and it stands out in photos. All the focus should be on the bride and red is distracting. Full disclosure, I'm guilty of this offense. EEEK! I seriously cringe when I think about it.

Scroll through the gallery for some wedding attire approved inspiration!






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