So, you’ve received a wedding invitation. You can clearly see the names of the persons inviting you, the time and date, as well as the venue. But there’s a twist – no dress code has been stated in the invitation. Does it mean you can wear whatever you want? Or that you have to call the bride or the groom and ask them about what to wear? No, and no. There are certain guidelines when it comes to these things, and these guidelines will help you look the way you’re supposed to at a wedding.
You should really take note of the time and date of the wedding if there’s no dress code in the invitation, because that is how you will know what’s appropriate to wear. Evening weddings tend to be more formal than the day weddings, and your attire should show it. Also, winter and fall weddings also tend to be more formal, and in this case, more formal usually means you should wear darker colored, heavier suits.
So, a day wedding in the spring or summer will see you in a suit that’s light gray, beige, or blue, and made out of light materials, like linen or twill. Never wear a white suit though, unless you’re the groom, and even then only the jacket should be white. If it’s an outdoors wedding, and it’s really hot, you can forget the tie, but otherwise – you should wear one. An evening wedding in the spring or summer will see you in suits made of same materials, but in darker colors – navy, dark gray, or black.
A day wedding in the fall or winter will always see you wearing a tie, and a darker suit made out of wool or cotton. The winter evening wedding attire is a bit trickier, as it could be both a dark suit, as if it was a day wedding, or a tuxedo, even if you’re not in the party. If you’re not sure what to go with, it’s a good idea to try to deduce the levels of formality of the event from the invitation itself. The more formal the invitation, the more likely you’ll look out of place without a tux.
And that’s all there is to dressing up for wedding when there’s no dress code required in the invitation. Of course, you can call up the bride or groom, or someone close to them, but there’s a good chance they are neck deep in the planning, and you’ll only be bothering them. It’s better to stick to these guidelines, and you’ll be just fine.