We have all felt that pressure when it comes to picking out your outfit during wedding season. Whatever you decide will be undoubtably documented by photographers, videographers, and every single guest with a cell phone taking pictures! Oh my!
Lets break it down...
We all know the basic rules: don't wear white, don't be too revealing, and still dress to impress. Things to consider include the venue, location (indoors/outdoors), season, and weather. Most importantly, follow the instructions on the invitation.
If the invitations says Casual, the wedding could likely be held outdoors, meaning the event will be much more laid-back, especially when it comes to attire. That said, jeans, shorts, and tank tops are probably not appropriate unless they're specifically noted as acceptable. For the ladies: a summer sundress, or a skirt or pants with a nice blouse, with natural-looking hair and makeup. For the men: dress pants or khaki pants with a button-down shirt or polo, and sport jacket.
If the invitation says Semiformal, take your cues from the time of the event. Wear darker, more formal colors for an evening wedding and opt for light colors and fabrics for a daytime event. For the ladies: a cocktail dress or a long, dressy skirt and top. For the men: a suit and tie, dark or light depending on the season and time of day.
If the invitation says Beach Formal, you have a lot of room to work with. Wear something fun, airy, and light. For the ladies: go with a summer sundress, with flat sandals, and natural-looking hair and makeup. For the men: a summer suit and linen shirt with linen pants or khakis.
If the invitation says Black Tie Optional, it indicates something slightly less formal than black tie is acceptable. So, a tuxedo isn't required, but the event is still formal enough for one to be appropriate. For the ladies: along dress, dressy separates, or a formal cocktail dress. For the men: a tuxedo or a formal dark suit and tie.
If the invitation says Black Tie, this usually means the wedding is an evening event. For the ladies: you can go a bit dressier and wear a formal floor-length gown, or choose a short, dressy cocktail dress. For the men: a tuxedo with a black bow tie, black vest or cummerbund, and patent leather shoes.
If the invitation says White Tie, this the most formal of all dress codes (think: White House state dinners or Kim and Kanye level). For the ladies: a formal floor-length evening gown, glamorous makeup, and dramatic jewelry and hair could be appropriate. For the men: a tuxedo, a long black jacket with tails, a formal white shirt, white vest and bow tie, white or gray gloves, and black formal shoes.