There’s so many types of weddings that deciding what to wear to one can be a little overwhelming. There are church weddings, beach weddings, and hotel weddings, all with different dress attires including formal, semi-formal, and black-tie. These are five guidelines that we think should be kept in mind no matter what kind of wedding you are attending that will allow you to feel comfortable and enjoy the night.

1. Allow for movement

One of the best parts of any wedding is dancing during the reception, so don’t wear anything that is too tight or restricting. If you choose to wear a full length dress, get one with a loose fitting skirt or slits in order to be able to move freely.Alice + Olivia $698

2. Photographs Well

The bride and groom want to be able to remember their special day through photographs, so a lot pictures will be taken at most weddings. Don’t wear any fabric that is too shiny because it will reflect the flash. Instead, go for romantic fabrics like lace and chiffon. Topshop $100

3. Bring a cover-up

If the wedding you’re attending is being held outdoors, you must not forget to bring a cover-up to keep you warm if the temperature starts to drop. Go for an unexpected leather moto jacket if you’re attending a modern wedding, or tuck a shawl in your purse. Topshop $85

4. Dress conservatively

It’s always best to air on the side of dressing a little too conservatively at a wedding. The ceremony is sometimes held at a church or temple, so it’s better to cover up than look too provocative. Sea $445

5. Don’t overshadow the bride

The most important guideline to keep in mind is never to overshadow the bride. Even at a black-tie affair, stay away from bold, busy prints and a lot of sequins and embellishments. A wedding is a celebration so don’t be afraid to wear bright colors, but store your backless sequin gown for another occasion. Emilio Pucci $1,925

By Kasha Cabato

Kasha Cabato is a fashion industry professional who specializes in marketing and social media. She is a graduate of Parsons The New School for Design and lives in Los Angeles, CA.

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