If you’ve already attended a daytime casual wedding, it’s not so hard to think of what to wear if the casual wedding’s set on the evening because they don’t differ much from each other. Basically, the rule to keep it simple still applies. However, just because the theme is ‘casual’ doesn’t mean you can wear your everyday clothes like shirts and jeans. Evening casual dresses are a bit more elegant, dressy and sophisticated while still having a ‘relaxed’ feel. So tacky and heavily-beaded dresses are not good options either.
In general, the key to dressing appropriately for an evening casual wedding is to strike a balance between formal and casual wear. Now how can you pull off this look? Here are a few tips:
The white wedding dress still applies. However, the fabric can be a bit thicker than that of a sundress since it is cooler in the evening. And if you want to add more drama to your dress without going overboard, you can wear a birdcage veil. For footwear, it is usually more convenient to wear flats especially on outdoor weddings such as beach weddings or garden weddings. But if the wedding is set indoors, you can opt for high-heels as well.
For the grooms, the choice of whether or not you will wear a tuxedo depends on the venue and your own discretion. In beach weddings, you can wear a polo or dress shirt and slacks rather than the conventional tux because it blends more to the fun and relaxing atmosphere of resorts. For the color, a safe choice would be white for the top and khaki for the slacks to complement the bride’s white gown. For indoor weddings, you can either wear a long-sleeved polo with vest and tie and slacks or a tux and slacks with tie if the bride wears a dressier outfit.
The bridesmaids can have dresses in richer and darker colors than that of a daytime casual bridesmaid dress. Still, they should avoid wearing white in respect for the bride and their dress should not upstage the bridal gown.
The groomsmen can have a light colored top and dark colored slacks or the other way around. Wearing a tie is optional. Furthermore, the groomsmen dress should be coordinated with those of the bridesmaids’.
Guests may opt for dresses in darker colors too. But they should avoid floor-length dresses and very fancy dresses like the ones you would wear at a formal party. Also avoid wearing black, red or white dresses to avoid upstaging the bride.
- Strike a balance between the dress and the accessories. If you’ll be wearing a dressier outfit, just put on some simple jewelry. But if you are aiming to don a simpler dress, you can have a more elaborate jewelry.
- Flip-flops are a no-no for both men and women except for beach weddings. Men can wear dress shoes such as loafers or they can wear closed leather shoes, it depends on what looks good with their outfit. On the other hand, women can wear flats on both indoor and outdoor weddings. If they want to look dressier, they can wear high-heels for indoor weddings.
- Ladies can lug a handbag instead of a sequined purse to go with the casual theme.
- You can think of other ways to look dressy casual without going overboard. For example, you can wrap a scarf around your shoulders, or you can clip a cute hairpiece on the back of your hair.