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Receiving an invite to one of your closest friend’s weddings is often followed by the excitement of getting the perfect thing to wear. Choosing your outfit can be one of the most fun parts of attending a wedding, but sometimes it can be hard to decipher the attire clues from the invitation. What do black tie, formal, and casual dress codes entail? Here are some tips to help you pick the perfect outfit for every kind of outdoor wedding this spring and summer.

Casual Weddings

For casual spring and summer weddings, you’ll want a look that is fun and summery. Casual dress codes typically don’t mean you should show up in a t-shirt and jeans, but they do allow a lot of creative freedom in selecting an outfit. Whether you choose a sundress or a fun jumpsuit, you will want to go for cheerful colors that reflect the atmosphere of a summer wedding.

Garden Weddings

Garden weddings have a whimsical, lovely ambiance. Usually, these summer weddings don’t have any dress code rules. However, a good rule of thumb is to select an outfit that is sophisticated and not too casual. Garden weddings usually have a more formal vibe, but a sequined or beaded dress is probably over the top.

Formal Daytime Weddings

If you’ll be attending a daytime wedding that requires formal attire, it’s a good idea to look for an elegant dress that works well for both the morning and afternoon. Look for a dress with a detail that will make you stand out, such as a unique neckline or back. If the wedding is outside, it could be fun to have an accessory—such as a sun hat—to complete your outfit.

Festive Weddings

If you receive a wedding invite that says the attire is “festive,” you’ll want to find a cocktail dress or evening gown that is sparkly, sophisticated, and comfortable to dance in.

Black Tie Religious Weddings

If you’re attending a wedding with a black-tie dress code in a religious setting, it can be hard to determine an outfit that is appropriate. For an evening black tie wedding with a religious ceremony, shop around for stylish dresses that have covered shoulders and a modest cut.

Black Tie Optional Weddings

One of the most confusing wedding invitations you may receive is one that says, “black tie optional.” This can leave you questioning whether a simple dress will suffice or if you need to wear an elegant ball gown. It’s usually best to choose a cocktail dress that you can dress up with elegant jewelry.

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