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  • Writer's pictureDebbie Donohue

What To Wear And, NOT Wear to A Wedding

Updated: Apr 1

Advice from Prosperity Mansion & Farm, an outdoor, Frederick Maryland wedding venue. Bordering Carroll County, Thurmont and Taneytown Maryland.

It can be difficult to advise people, in some cases, what to wear as well as what not to wear to a wedding. As a wedding venue owner in Frederick Maryland, I try and offer advice regarding questions that I am frequently asked about. Many times, I get phone calls asking about dress attire.

At the heart of every wedding lies a beautiful tapestry of cultures and traditions - each thread contributing to the vibrant fabric of the celebration. It's essential to recognize and honor the diversity reflected in what guests choose to wear on such special occasions. Just like a rainbow, a wedding should showcase a spectrum of colors and styles that represent the varied backgrounds of those in attendance. Let's embrace the beauty of cultural diversity and respect each individual's sartorial choices as a reflection of their heritage.

We kindly request that all guests dress appropriately for the wedding, keeping in mind the significance of the event. We encourage you to dress in your best attire, but please be mindful of the cultural traditions and customs of the couple. Let's celebrate this joyous occasion together in a manner that is respectful, approachable, and professional. Weddings in Frederick, Maryland are typically more laid back but certainly not all the time. Many wedding here at Prosperity Mansion & Farm have been formal.

We understand that choosing the perfect outfit for a wedding can be a daunting task. That's why we've put together a comprehensive guide to help you dress to impress. Whether you're attending a black-tie affair or a casual beach wedding, we've got you covered. From elegant dresses to stylish suits, we'll help you navigate the dress code and find the perfect outfit for the occasion. So, sit back, relax, and let us take the stress out of wedding attire. Here are a few tips to help you navigate the dress code for attending a wedding.

Wedding season is upon us, and with it comes the age-old question: what should I wear? If you're feeling confused about the dress code, don't worry you’re not alone. The first step is to ask the bride or couple what the dress code will be for their particular wedding day. Additionally, it's worth checking if the wedding venue has a dress code that attendees are expected to follow. You certainly do not want to arrive and find out that the venue itself requires a sport coat or suit.

While some weddings may specify a casual dress code is fine for their wedding reception, this doesn't necessarily mean you should show up in jeans, a t-shirt or shorts. Casual to one person may be different than casual to another. If you find yourself unsure about what attire is suitable for an upcoming wedding, it is advisable to reach out to the bride or couple directly to inquire about the specific dress code they have set for their special day. It is always best to seek clarity from the hosts or venue organizers. The key to cracking the wedding dress code conundrum is simple - communication.

One thing to consider is what type of wedding venue it is and where it is located. For example, is it a barn, a farm, a mansion and farm, a beach, a museum, a winery, a hotel, someone’s backyard, a free park, a room at a firehall, a VFW hall, a ballroom, etc. This can help to an extent. If its someone’s normal backyard, a suit, tux, floor length gown or fancy cocktail dress is most likely not going to be required.  But it could be a very elegant “backyard” with landscaped gardens, fountains and all of the bells and whistles. Then suddenly putting on the ritz could be expected.


Typically, I say that casual attire for men in the spring or summer means khaki pants and a button-down shirt. For women, a sun dress, shirt and top will work. In the fall, I recommend dress pants and a nice sweater for men and a nice dress, sweater and skirt, etc. for the ladies. Consider, breathable fabrics and accessorize with simple jewelry.

Semi Formal:  Typically for men a sport coat or suit and women a cocktail or dressy dress. For a semi-formal or cocktail attire wedding, women can wear a cocktail dress or a dressy skirt and top. Men should wear a suit and tie. Accessorize: Accessories can take a casual outfit to the next level. Consider adding a statement necklace, a colorful scarf, or a fun pair of earrings to your outfit.

Formal: Men should wear a tuxedo or a dark suit with a tie.   Women- a floor-length gown or a dressy cocktail dress is appropriate.

For a beach or outdoor wedding, dress in light and airy fabrics that are comfortable in warm weather. Women can wear a sundress or a maxi dress, while men can wear a linen suit or khakis with a dress shirt.

Footwear- Do not forget footwear. Casual Weddings- Flat sandals or wedges are appropriate for an outdoor garden wedding as well as a beach wedding. So, if you are going to be walking around a lot on grass or sand, then forget high heels. But no flip flops; it is a wedding. Men can wear smart sandals too or loafers with or without socks. But since there will we walking and dancing remember to wear shoes that won't leave you with sore feet.

Avoid wearing white, which is reserved for the bride, and to dress modestly and respectfully. By following these tips, you'll be sure to look stylish and appropriate for the wedding you're attending. Remember, dressing for a wedding is all about striking the right balance between style and appropriateness. With these tips, you'll be the best-dressed guest at any wedding.


What NOT to wear to a wedding

Keep it appropriate: While you want to look stylish, it's important to remember that you're attending a wedding. Avoid anything too revealing to tight, high slits etc. Likewise, too casual, like shorts or flip flops. Similarly, avoid wearing anything that could be mistaken for a wedding gown, such as a long, flowing dress or a veil.

Weddings are joyous occasions to celebrate love and commitment, but it's important to dress appropriately for the event. To avoid any fashion faux pas, here are some tips on what NOT to wear to a wedding. First and foremost, never wear white or ivory unless the bride specifically requests it. It's her day to shine, and wearing white can be seen as disrespectful. Avoid anything too revealing or provocative, such as mini-skirts or low-cut tops. The focus should be on the couple, not your outfit. It's also best to avoid anything too casual, like jeans or sneakers. Dress up a bit and show respect for the occasion. And lastly, never wear anything that could upstage the bride or groom. This includes anything too flashy or attention-grabbing. Remember, it's their day, and you're there to celebrate with them. By following these simple guidelines, you'll be sure to look great and show your respect for the happy couple.

Lastly, avoid wearing anything that could be considered disrespectful or offensive. This includes clothing with offensive language or graphics, or anything that could be seen as culturally insensitive. Black: While black is a classic color that is often worn to weddings, it's important to avoid wearing all black. Add some color to your outfit with accessories or a colorful blouse.

By following these tips, you'll be sure to look stylish and appropriate for any wedding you attend. Remember, it's always better to err on the side of caution when it comes to wedding attire.

Use good judgement and common sense. Ask the couple what they might want to see guests wearing.  You are not the star today. This is a day that this couple has worked hard to create and make special. Show class and style by not trying to upstage the wedding couple.

Contact us with questions or to inquire about your upcoming wedding:

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Prosperity Mansion & Farm

11309 Rocky Ridge Rd

Keymar, MD 21757

Frederick County Maryland

A Frederick MD wedding venue



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