Styling Tips For… A Wedding

Spring is here, and so is wedding season. Warmer weather, flowers and glorious greenery make May the most popular month for weddings in the UK, with even the royals following the trend. Whether you’re attending a royal wedding or simply a small civil ceremony, we’ve put together a list of style do’s and don’t’s to suit any wedding occasion.


Wear colour. Weddings are a celebration of love, so head-to-toe black really isn’t appropriate. If you must wear black, accessorise with bright colours – shoes, bag or shawl – to lift the look.

Check the dress code. The dress code is set by the bride and groom and usually specified on the invitation, so should be followed where possible. If there is no dress code specified, the venue can also serve as a guideline – a wedding on the beach, for example, would require a different outfit than one held at a stately home.

Wear comfortable shoes. Weddings can run for several hours, much of which can be spent standing. If you’re wearing heels, make sure you break them in before the day – hobbling home in bare feet is not a glamorous way to end the evening! Kitten heels or stylish flats can be just as elegant, or even jewelled sandals for a beach wedding. If the dress code calls for heels and you know you won’t be comfortable wearing them all day, slip a pair of folding flats in your bag to put on later. There are several great brands on the market, like these, or these.

Consider the colour scheme. The invitation is often a good indication of the wedding colour scheme – if your invitation has purple flowers on it, for example, chances are that the bridesmaids will be dressed in purple too. Therefore, unless you want to be mistaken as part of the wedding party, avoid.


Wear white. This should go without saying. While cream or ivory dresses can work for daytime weddings if accessorised with colour, wearing a long white or cream dress is a great way to annoy the bride!

Show off. A wedding isn’t the time for plunging necklines, skintight dresses or an excess of skin. Don’t wear anything that will take focus from the bride, basically.

Forget your coat. A smart jacket in either cloth or leather works well for warmer weddings, while a tailored coat in wool or faux fur is perfect for colder events. A soft cardigan or wrap are also excellent options and, if your bag is big enough, they can be tucked away when you don’t need them.

Dress down. Even if the dress code is specified as casual, jeans, sweatshirts, sneakers or anything else you’d wear on a run to the grocery store just aren’t acceptable. A casual wedding still means style, so choose a dress you might wear for lunch, or a jumpsuit.

Wedding Attire Trends we love…

Florals – The current crop of patterned florals are perfect for day or afternoon weddings, or add sequins and lace for evening affairs.

Embellishment – Embroidery, applique, beading and sequins – just don’t overdo it! (or do it in white)

Jumpsuits – a smart option for many weddings, as they can be dressed up with heels or down with sandals, plus you don’t have to worry about stray gusts of wind at outdoor events.

Block heels – forget sinking into the grass or stumbling across gravel in these smart shoes. A block heel is more stable than a stiletto, making for a more comfortable day out.

So there you have it. If you’re putting together a wedding outfit and need some advice, contact us – we specialise in helping women shine.


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Bukky Ayoade

Bukky Ayoade is a Stylist to Senior Professionals, Business Owners & Ministry Leaders. She is passionate about empowering women, help them to look and feel great by showing them how to dress and style their unique bodies. She believes that great style breeds confidence and success and is on a mission to make that happen for her clients. Contact Bukky or find her on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn for more styling tips and advice.

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