Claim the Title of “Best-Dressed Guest” at Your Next Wedding

After opening the “save the date,” comes congratulations, the RSVP, and, of course, the inevitable question, “What am I going to wear?” As a wedding guest, navigating the dress code and theme for your friend or family member’s big day can be a tricky feat. We’ve taken out the guesswork and gathered everything you need to look and feel fabulous, whether you’re headed for a night in the big city, a day down on the farm, or a tropical destination affair!

By Liz Petoniak · Photographs by Michael Fornataro

beach wedding

A breezy, bright dress fits the bill perfectly for a beach wedding. We recommend pulling the hair up and away from the face to accentuate a sparkly pair of earrings.

Parker dress, e.b. Pepper, Pittsburgh, what to wear to a wedding on the beach

Parker “Aurora” dress, $484, e.b. Pepper.

Druzy earrings, One Brilliant, Pittsburgh, what to wear to a wedding on the beach

Druzy earrings, $128, One Brilliant.

Hippie Chic ring, One Brilliant, Pittsburgh, what to wear to a wedding on the beach

Hippie Chic gold ring, $78,
One Brilliant.

Tai braded bracelets, One Brilliant, Pittsburgh, what to wear to a wedding on the beach

Tai beaded bracelets, $98 each, One Brilliant.

Hammitt Los Angeles leather fringe mini pouch, Littles Shoes, what to wear to a wedding on the beach

Hammitt Los Angeles “Getty” leather fringe mini pouch, $250, Littles Shoes.

Tela Beauty Organics organic sun protection, Philip Pelusi, what to wear to a wedding on the beach

Tela Beauty Organics “Guardian” organic sun protection, $32, Philip Pelusi.

Kanna wedge espadrille, Littles Shoes, Pittsburgh, what to wear to a wedding on the beach

Kanna high-wedge, sling-back espadrille, $125, Littles Shoes.


city wedding

For a city wedding, black is always a safe bet. We love the dramatic shape and stripes on this number, and the bright, floral clutch adds a fun “Carrie Bradshaw” element to the ensemble.

Jovani silk dress, Sorelle Bridal Salon, Pittsburgh, what to wear to a wedding in the city

Jovani black and white striped silk dress, $550, Sorelle Bridal Salon.

Mariana necklace, One Brilliant, Pittsburgh, what to wear to a wedding in the city

Mariana necklaces, $188, $191, and $138, One Brilliant.

Philip Pelusi PURE Cosmetics lipslicks, what to wear to a wedding in the city

Philip Pelusi PURE Cosmetics lipslicks in “Innocent,” $13.99, Philip Pelusi.

Tela Beauty Organics blow out serum, Philip Pelusi, what to wear to a wedding in the city

Tela Beauty Organics “Smooth Operator” blow out serum, $32, Philip Pelusi.

Sondra Roberts clutch, One Brilliant, Pittsburgh, what to wear to a wedding in the city

Sondra Roberts clutch, $98, One Brilliant.

Cole Haan leather pumps, Littles Shoes, Pittsburgh, what to wear to a wedding in the city

Cole Haan “Chelsea” sandstone patent leather pump, $298, Littles Shoes.


farm wedding

The subtle pointelle detailing adds a charming, country touch to this on-trend blush frock. Cover up with a leather jacket for a bonfire at the end of the night!

Torn by Ronny Kobo dress, One Brilliant, Pittsburgh, what to wear to a wedding on a farm

Torn by Ronny Kobo knit dress, $288, One Brilliant.

Druzy necklace, P&K Silver necklace, One Brilliant, Pittsburgh, what to wear to a wedding on a farm

Druzy pendant and P&K Silver “diamonds”
by the yard necklace, $128 and $178, One Brilliant.

Free People leather bootie, Nordstrom, what to wear to a wedding on a farm

Free People “Hybrid” tan leather bootie, $198, Nordstrom. Photo: Nordstrom.

Natasha Couture clutch, Nordstrom, what to wear to a wedding on a farm

Natasha Couture sequin snake embossed clutch, $45, Nordstrom. Photo: Nordstrom.

Philip Pelusi PURE Cosmetics powder blush, what to wear to a wedding on a farm

Philip Pelusi PURE Cosmetics powder blush in “Dark Rose,” $14.99, Philip Pelusi.

wrap bracelet, One Brilliant, Pittsburgh, what to wear to a wedding on a farm

Wrap bracelet, $78, One Brilliant.

Hippie Chic bangle, One Brilliant, Pittsburgh, what to wear to a wedding on a farm

Hippie Chic spike bangle, $58, One Brilliant.

La Vie Parisienne bracelet, One Brilliant, Pittsburgh, what to wear to a wedding on a farm

La Vie Parisienne bracelet, $218, One Brilliant.

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