Wedding Dress Code Etiquette To Look Good & Feel Better

winter wedding dress code woman looking passionately at man standing in the snow

Wedding dress code etiquette shows you the art of looking good and feeling great. In fact, beauty is skin deep and image is everything. On top of that setting the right impression helps you stand out from the rest of the crowd. Did you know there’s an unconscious set of rules and customs which dictate what we should wear?

So, where do you find a proper swanky outfit? Quite frankly, formal, modest and dignified attire will get you in the mood to dress the part.

In other words, “What to wear for a  wedding day is amongst the most high-stakes fashion decisions of everyone’s life”. Source: British Vogue

But what does your wedding invitation state, what do you need to wear? To guide you along, I’ve put together a useful list of Do’s & Don’ts attire worn for an indoor or outdoor  marriage celebration. With these 9 golden rules and hints you’ll look stylish, classy and crack the winter wedding etiquette code!

Winter wedding dress code etiquette

british wedding dress code bride holding bouquet

Beauty is skin deep and image is everything. Sebastian Remme
The Brompton Oratory wedding

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1•Pristine wedding dress

DO: Firstly, your bridal gown also known as a wedding dress is the most important item of your day. It comes in many styles, shapes and sizes. And, depending on whether you choose a celebrant-led, church or civil ceremony, it’s custom to wear a sleek white, off-white or creme coloured outfit.

DON’T: However, it’s not customary to risk it all and wear a garish red, black or dark grey dress. Or a comfortable outfit that looks adorable, cute and elegant. It is not commonplace to feel uncomfortable either. In addition, a refashioned, vintage or second hand item can cause heads to turn, too.

wedding guests, man and woman covered in multi-coloured confetti living church

The Brompton Oratory wedding | Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge, London

image Sebastian Remme

2• The making of Cinderellas wedding gown

DO: Whatever the forecast for your wedding you can dress-up or dress-down. As the bride-to-be you want to feel like a princess during your nuptials. Behind the seams with Paul Chi at Vanity Fair or TLC gives you a first impression of making your gown look stunningly beautiful.

DON’T: Although a wedding dress is usually full length you can opt for a knee high version. And If you don’t desire an impeccable finish, superior construction and structure you can avoid the bog standard designer dress all together.

winter wonderland wedding groom holding brides dress trail

Colorado Wedding
A cold, snowy and beautiful wedding in Colorado’s High Country.

3• Dressy pantsuit with pockets

DO: By wearing layered clothing, multiple thin layers you’ll keep cool. Better still, if the temperature drops you can stay warm, too. Moreover, a dressy pantsuit with pockets is functional. Match it with a jacket to enhance your personality, figure and taste.

DON’T: Additionally, don’t dress down your good looks. Or avoid looking absolutely glamorous like a Hollywood star. Say “YES” to the shimmering wedding dress. Otherwise, try something more functional like a colourful, off the peg costume designed jumpsuit. Shopping tip:

Winter Wedding Dress Code Etiquette - 9 Do's & Don'ts for Guests

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4• Impeccable suit and chinos for the groom-to-be

DO: In fact, do not forget the groom’s suit. Let him wear a badge of honor, an ombre palette (shaded or graduated in tone), will defiantly make him stand out from the rest. A smartly tailored suit consisting of suave trousers (pants, chinos), breast coat, jacket and dress shoes (loafers) are appropriate.

DON’T: Although, your groom’s slick wedding outfit transforms his appearance. The main colour is black for a suit. Nevertheless, darker hues such as grey, navy blue and complimentary wine cololurs can be worn. Tailor-made tuxedos and suits can be rented or supplied by online men’s outfits stores.

winter wonderland wedding family potrait

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5• White tie event

DO: The white tie is the most sophisticated, formal, and well-known wedding outfit. This special occasion attire is suited for red carpet wedding events, royal gatherings, glitz & glam weddings.

DON’T: So, if you are hosting or going to a prestigious wedding, you can opt for an elegant garment. Clothing and shoes that are different and off-the-cuff really set you apart from others. Go to

man wearing grey suit and woman wearing purple dressimage

6• Formal wedding dress code

DO: Additionally, enhance the evening celebrations with the right formal wedding dress code. Buy a bridal clutch bag or small handbag. And wear special accessories such as a sparkling earrings, pearl necklace or bracelets.

DON’T: Basically, you don’t have to accessorize your outfit, mix and match many rich colours to design the perfect look. Less is more! So, get more advice about it at – wedding-guest-attire-cheat-sheet.

Key wedding music moments bride in sparkling off-white gown, holding hands with groom in a dark grey suit

7• Black tie event at a 5 star luxury hotel

DO: Referred to as “black tie”, the smoking jacket with shirt is a popular choice of wear for you the  groom. As well as the semi-formal tuxedo it adds a touch of class to your wedding.

DON’T: Wear the black tie before 6 p.m., you could both look and feel awkward about it. In fact, you can adorn an alternative morning or Nehru suit with shirt that excludes a dicky bow.

man in grey suit white shirt with dickie bow and wedding couple dancing


8• Sophisticated British wedding dress code for him

DO: Black tie is a semi-formal Western dress code for evening events, originating in British and American conventions for attire in the 19th century. Source: wikipedia

DON’T: Another thing a formal festivity does not require that the groom wears a black tie. However,  for your, soon to be husband a dashingly smart lounge suit & shirt (with or without a bow tie) is perfect. Shopping tip:

bride dressed in white lingerie

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9• Winter wedding dress code – lingerie

DO: Finally, cracking the wedding dress code etiquette is easy, but remember the right lingerie will enhance your figure. Future brides like you can get a thrill out of shopping for nightwear and swimwear for the romantic honeymoon.

DON’T: To conclude, don’t forget to wear proper sexy garments. Beautiful lingerie is a girls best friend during the honeymoon period. And luxury and romance go hand in hand. So, wear something stunningly hot under your wedding outfit. Shopping tip: and


Although traditions in the Netherlands are like UK marriage customs and beliefs, it’s not customary to re-wear a traditional white bridal dress. On top of that, the groom and groomsmen do not have to wear a morning suit, top hat and tails.

Over to you…

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About Clover Jean: I'm a Londoner based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Being a specialist celebrant | marriage officiant | wedding ceremonies MC with a gospel & soul choir is rewarding work. So, my guilty pleasures are fine dining, travel hotspots and on-line retail therapy. What's yours? Get in touch, via Instagram #cloverjeanamsterdam or Facebook. LIKE, SHARE, SPREAD THE LOVE & see you soon!

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