Wedding Dress Codes, Decoded

Wedding season is officially here!!! So, what are we all wearing because guest outfits play an important role in determining the look and vibe of a wedding celebration? Usually guidelines for the dress code are clearly stated at the bottom of invitations or reception cards to simplify the wedding guest attire dilemma. So to make sure no one unwittingly commits a fashion faux pas here are some wedding dress inspirations.

The Invitation says “Beach Chic, Garden or Outdoor Wedding”

Let the location inspire you and help you interpret what you wear in your own way. This invite makes me think “summertime soirée” so a flowy,  elegant jumpsuit with a splash of bright jewelry is an excellent choice. If you don’t want to sink into the sand pair your outfit with some gold wedges, beaded sandals, or embellished ballet flats.  I am so in love with this gorgeous Asana jumpsuit by  Omaskas. I love everything about this haute couture jumpsuit from the delicate and super luxurious fabric to the extreme attention to detailThe jumpsuit was stunningly  tailored, and fitted my figure perfectly.

This feminine and romantic maxi with an asymmetrical neckline is also by Omaskas. Once I put this dress on I never wanted to take it off. My hair and makeup was done by Boston makeup artist Kerri Herlihy.  Kerri kept my makeup very light and my hair natural which was perfect for the location.

The Invitation says “Formal or Cocktail Attire”

Wear something to razzle-dazzle and show that you are ready to have a good time. Wear something you would be comfortable dancing in and that you would not consider wearing in a ‘day-to-night’ dressing scenario. I opted for a short dress with some bling. I love the sparkly details on this BeBe dress.

The Invitation says “Black Tie”

Think old Hollywood glamour or imagine the casino scene in a James Bond movie. This is usually a pretty swanky affair so bring on the  floor-length gowns, beading, bling and more. I opted for this embellished evening gown by Adrianna Papell which made me feel like a celebrity.

For accessories I choose dangling earrings. I did not need a necklace because just look at this gorgeous neckline. An evening bag is a must; invest in one metallic clutch that can look dressed up or down for all your parties. If you prefer a short dress, be sure it makes a fashion statement and not something you might wear to a cocktail party or a club.

Are you attending any weddings this Summer? I hope this post was helpful! Let me know if you have any questions and I can incorporate those answers into the post! 

Photo Credit:  Andrew Swaine

52 thoughts on “Wedding Dress Codes, Decoded

    • Nikki says:

      Thank you so much Marieta. I really appreciate all the love. I had so much fun working on and writing this post. The best part was wearing all these gorgeous dresses 🙂 You would look stunning in any one of them. Thank you for stopping by. ?

    • Nikki says:

      Thank you Katherine. Sheela Mehrotra is the insanely creative and beautiful designer behind the jumpsuit by Omaskas. All of her designs and clothes are stunning. I hope you get a chance to see more of her work. Xx

  1. Ting says:

    You look absolutely stunning in every dress! I love the 2nd and the 3rd a lot! This is a well written article on wedding dress code. Just in time for two weddings that I need to attend in July. Thank you for sharing this Nikki!

    • Nikki says:

      You are so welcome Ting. I really appreciate the love and I hope you find inspiration for the two weddings that you are attending in July ?

  2. Fae says:

    Simply sophisticated without an abundance of accessories. Your hairstyles complete and complement each wedding look. I adore the jumpsuit especially the draping back. How much fun was this photo shoot! ?
    Nikki you have a very exotic look✨?⭐️

    • Nikki says:

      I sincerely appreciate all the love Fae. Thank you so much. This shoot was crazy fun. It is always a blast getting dressed up in gorgeous clothes. That jumpsuit is one of my favorites as well. It was the first jumpsuit I’ve ever worn and it felt so luxurious. Hope you get a chance to check out OMASKAS. Have a great weekend beauty ?

    • Nikki says:

      Thank you for the kind comment Roy. I appreciate you stopping by. Have a great weekend as well.

  3. Missy May says:

    Omg Nikki you look amazing and stunning in all these outfits. Great choices of dresses here. I must say the beachy ones though, – so damn sexy!!
    I have a couple of weddings to attend this year. While there’s no dress code, I think I will travel on the ‘Formal/Cocktail” dress lane. It’s my comfortable zone. I would love to wear a long hollywood look, but I always feel like its too much. Africans will say you’re out-staging the bride. Lol!!

    • Nikki says:

      Thank you so much beautiful lady. Great choice May. I think a “Formal / Cocktail” is definitely the way to go. You would rock the long Hollywood dress perfectly. As long as it’s not white I think its ok, lol. ❤️❤️

  4. SimplyFae says:

    I’ve been searching for new outfits for weddings this summer and for some overseas in December! This is post is so helpful as I’m sick of all the department store choices. I really loved your beach wedding looks.

  5. Nassy Deval says:

    Hello from froufrou bellevie <3
    It's a great pleasure connecting with you in all social platforms and especially here, in your personal blog! This post is amazing, I love all of your choices but I was amazed by the very first beach chic jumpsuit!! You are a GODDESS ~

    Much love

    • Nikki says:

      Thank you Sarah. So glad you like the cocktail attire. You are so sweet. Have a great weekend beautiful. ?

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