When your next wedding invitation arrives, you typically get all the details of who, when and where-but the specifics of the other "w"s- namely, what to wear, are sometimes left for guests to interpret between the lines.
The essential rules of what to wear to a wedding are still applicable, but with each year these rules seem to be a bit more open to individual taste and expression. The standard rules such as: don't wear white, don't wear anything too short or revealing, don't look unkempt or wrinkled, all still apply. But even after those general guidelines, there can still be many gray areas.
The truth is, it is a sign of respect for the couple and the event to get dressed up for a wedding and your attire should always be respectful, conservative and appropiate. But keep in mind, the rules of etiquette were designed to help one feel more at ease and comfortable in all social situations. So simply remember your cheerful presence at the wedding is that counts here, and you're likely to have a good time no matter what you decide to wear.
For the beautiful wedding I attented last Saturday, I decided to choose a red gown. A dress like this with textural details like pleats add interest to the monochromatic look without taking away from the hue's brilliance. When picking your accessories, beware of clashing-this is not a dress you want your jewelry or purse to compete with. Top the look off with a smoky eye and nude lipe, or if you're feeling daring, try a red lip- just make sure the shade matches your dress!