Guest Attire for a Spring Wedding

You have been invited to a spring wedding and are asking yourself what you should wear. There is not set answer to this question because a lot depends on several factors. Are you the mother or the bride or groom? Are you a close family member who may end up being asked to pose in family pictures? Are you a close friend who may be asked to be in pictures? Do you see a pattern here, if you are going to be in a lot of pictures you have to much more careful about exactly what you decide to wear than if you are just a casual friend who can just have fun and enjoy yourself.

Mother of the bride or groom

The two mothers will hopefully be friendly enough to talk to each and coordinate their two dresses. The mother of the bride according to tradition gets to choose her gown first and then the mother of the groom makes sure that she does not choose the same color and she also doesn’t choose a color that will clash. Both mothers should keep the wedding colors in mind so that the bridesmaid’s gowns also look pretty when next to the dresses they choose.


For family who are not in the bridal party but will none the less be included in the family group shots, it is important to remember that this is the bride’s day and no one should be trying to outshine the bride. White should not be worn by anyone at the wedding except the bride. It is perfectly alright to choose a dress that has white with one or more other colors but no all white dresses please. Just keep in mind that the bride and groom will be looking at these pictures for years to come and you want to look your best.


For the average guest at a spring wedding what type of dress to choose will be determined by the time that the wedding is taking place and the location. If it is a black tie affair then very dressy cocktail style dresses or long dresses are the norm. If it is a beach wedding, a pretty floral sundress will be appropriate. Choose shoes that are appropriate for the location, if you have to walk through sand, stilettos might not be the best choice.

A great style to wear to a spring wedding are a classic sheath dress. It may be sleeveless or with short sleeves. This dress can be dressed up or down as the occasion requires. A pretty floral shirt waist is also a good option. Whatever style you choose, too much skin should not be shown.

Keep in mind that spring weather can be unpredictable and it is wise to have some sort of a cover-up especially if the wedding is outdoors. Even if the wedding is indoors there may be a change from the wedding to the reception then going out may be required.

As always the rule is never outshine the bride. You want to look good but not so good that you take any attention away from the bride, this is her day and you are here to share it with her not to try to outshine her. Guest attire for a spring wedding needs to be appropriate for the venue and the time of day.

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