Wedding Attire Guide for All Ages and All Venues

by Maria Versluis

If the Invitation Says "White Tie..."

This is the most formal it gets, but rarely are weddings ever white tie. Regardless, you may be invited to one. A proper floor length gown in a classic all black ensemble, and fine jewelry is the way to go. Think conservative!

For 30 and Under

BCBG Cap Sleeve Black Gown with Lace Detailing

The high neck and thick straps on this black embroidered gown keep it conservative, but the subtle sheer lace keeps it from looking like funeral attire.

For 30 and Over

Navy Fitted Gown With Waistline Embellishment

Just add gloves and this is a perfect look for a white tie wedding. The high neckline, dark solid color, and modest cut keep things classy.

If the Invitation Says "Black Tie..."

Black tie weddings are formal, but fun. You could wear a floor length gown, or a short dress (but not cocktail). The dress should be bold enough for after hours. Pair with gold jewelry. Still unsure? Think Golden Globes attire!

For 30 and Under

BCBG Cap Blue Cutout Gown with Ruffles

The vibrant color, cutouts, and side slit are the perfect recipe for a youthful black tie gown. Who said formal attire couldn't be funky?

For 30 and Over

Forest Green Ruched Laundry Gown

The gathers in this dress do wonders for flattering any shape. This is a sexy dress, but without being revealing.

If the Invitation Says "Cocktail or Semiformal..."

Avoid any beading or anything long. You want to be in something that's easy to dance in. Perhaps a playful knee length dress, sleek purse, and over the shoulder jacket would do the trick.

For 30 and Under

BCBG Dusty Pink One Shoulder

A delicate necklace, a diamond pair of earrings, and a couple of silver bracelets can make this dress pop! This color is perfect for a spring wedding, especially since it's one of the Pantone colors of the year, Rose Quartz.

For 30 and Over


London Times Long Sleeve Coral Lace Dress

For older women, a sleeved cocktail dress is a great way to cover up. Since the dress is short, you'll be able to balance your bare legs with a sleeved arm.

If the Invitation Says "Garden"

It wouldn't be appropriate to show up to a garden wedding NOT wearing a floral print or something flowy. Embrace the dress code. Aim for a cocktail or tea length dress and maybe even a sunhat.

For 30 and Under

BB Dakota Pink Tea length Skirt with Matching Top

The midi length of the skirt screams garden wedding. Pair with a loose floral top or get the top that goes with it and throw on a denim jacket.

For 30 and Over

Donna Morgan Navy and Pink Floral A-line

The fit and flare style of this dress is flattering on all body types, and with a longer hem, there's no excuse to not show off your legs!

If the Invitation Says "Beach..."

For a beach wedding, an elevated sundress and sun ready accessories are the way to go. Opt for a dress that's flowy or has a tropical pattern. Pair with comfortable and chic sandals.

For 30 and Under

Donna Morgan Abstract Print Dress

Imagine the subtle ocean breeze making the back of this dress flutter and the saturated colors glowing in the sun. With a pair of sandals and a floppy hat, this look would be stunning at a beach wedding!

For 30 and Over

Ivy + Blu Tropical Print Wrap Dress

A wrap dress is a fail safe style because it looks great on anyone. I love how this one has sleeves and a fun tropical print, making it appropriate for any age.

If the Invitation Says "Casual..."

Dress as you would for a date night if you've been invited to a casual wedding. Be sure to give the outfit some oomph with accessories. A fail-safe option is a day-to-night jumpsuit.

For 30 and Under

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Ella Moss White Lace Dress

This is one of those dresses you can just throw on and keep it moving. It's super easy which is just what you want for a casual wedding.

For 30 and Over

Laundry Multicolored Abstract Print Dress

I love how soft and stretchy this jersey material is. And that print?! Stunning. Easy, breezy, beautiful.

Hopefully this blog post can answer some questions you may have when looking to shop for a wedding. We have styles for any occasion and these are only a select few. Be sure to visit us in store for more options, we'd love to help dress you for whatever the reason may be!