Wedding Wednesday – Wedding Guest Style Guide


(Semi-Formal Wedding) 

I’m back today with a different type of Wedding Wednesday post and this one is for everyone! How many times have you been invited to a wedding and wondered “what do I wear”? A church wedding, a beach wedding, a farm wedding… the list goes on and on… sometimes the “type” of wedding and the location can give you a good idea of what to wear, sometimes not. If you are a female the options are usually long dress or short dress, but then you have to worry about the color – dark, light, not WHITE! And if you are a male you are probably not worrying, but maybe your wife or girlfriend is worrying for you – a tux to this one, a light suit to that one,  or for the most casual of weddings khakis and a button down… 

No one wants to be the most over dressed person at the party, but, on the other hand, no one wants to be underdressed either. Everyone wants to look good while not drawing attention to themselves with their outfit choice. Luckily, most of the time, couples list the level of dress for their affair on their wedding website or sometimes even on the invitation itself. This is very helpful to those that know the difference between between things like “Semi-Formal”, “Black Tie Optional” and “White Tie”. But in case you need some more guidance on things of this sort, my friends at The Black Tux, online suit & tux rentals, gave me their “Wedding Guest Style Guide” to share with you!  


When The Black Tux reached out to me to see if I would be willing to share their style guide I was pleasantly surprised at how detailed, yet simple it was. It came in handy when trying to decide what Walter and I should wear to a recent black tie optional wedding we attended. Walter wanted to wear a grey suit, but this guide clearly stated that a “formal dark suit and tie” are required. I encouraged him to wear his navy suit instead, which was a good call because there were plenty of guests dressed in tuxedos. 


(Black Tie Optional Wedding) 

I wore the above dress that I rented from Rent The Runway to the black tie optional wedding. Rent The Runway is a designer dress and accessory rental service. I chose the “Unlimited” subscription to Rent The Runway for the month of August and I cannot say enough about it. It is $139/month, with no long-term commitment. You get 3 items at a time and can send them back as you please. For example, if you get 3 dresses and only like one of them you can send the other 2 back and pick 2 more. The shipping is fast, easy and free! If you are familiar with Rent The Runway you know that their rental prices + shipping on 1 dress can often be over $100, so the unlimited is really a no-brainer! 


(Outdoor, Semi-Formal Wedding) 

The Black Tux, in a lot of ways, is similar to Rent the Runway, but for men. You give them your measurements and a rental suit or tux is delivered to your doorstep. They pride themselves in offering some of the highest quality rentals on the market. They will also send you your rental a week in advance and offer you a “Fit Guarantee” so if something doesn’t fit they have time to send you a replacement piece. I personally don’t know anyone who has used The Black Tux yet, but from the reviews it seems to be a great option! In addition to renting a suit or tux as a wedding guest, wedding parties can also use their services for an easy to use, easy to track, rental set-up for groom and groomsmen. 

I hope this style guide will help you out the next time you are wondering what to wear to a wedding! 


*This is not a sponsored post. 

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