What to Wear to a Christian Wedding?

On Wednesday, October 8, 2014 @ 10:51 am, Category: Style Guide, 15 Comments


what to wear for a christian weddingHello everyone! This is Debarati (Debbie) and I’m back with some styling suggestions on What to Wear to a Christian Wedding, i.e., when you are the wedding guest.


Many of us either want to be or already have been invited to a Christian Wedding at least once in our lifetime. Even many of the celebrities from Bollywood are opting / have opted for this type of wedding. Now being born and raised in India, I found a lot of styling inspiration everywhere as to what to wear to an Indian Wedding. But as someone who gives styling suggestions, I have encountered so many questions as to what to wear to a Christian Wedding, which led to me coming up with this article. I hope this will be of at least a little help to those who are trying to decide how to style themselves (or may be style a friend) for a Christian Wedding.


First, let’s list out some of the different types of weddings people have these days:


  1. Beach Weddings
  2. Indoor / Church / Hotel Weddings
  3. Backyard / Garden / Barn Weddings
  4. Formal Weddings
  5. Black-tie Weddings


What to Wear?


1: Beach Weddings


The Fabric: You are going to be outside, probably in the sun. Wear something which does not make you sweat, that is super-light-weight and super-airy but not too short, coz if it’s windy, the light fabric may put you into a wardrobe-malfunction type of situation by blowing away. Avoid fabrics like satin, which sticks to your body if and when you sweat, thus making you un-presentable. Something like Chiffon works best for a beach wedding. Also, try to go with something that is layered at the waist (or tummy-line) and keeps your stomach-area covered, in case you ‘’accidently’’ (wink! wink!) eat a lot!


The Shoes: Ditch the pointy stilettos as you don’t want to be walking around in the sand with those heels. Stick to thicker/block heels or wedges. You can also go with flip-flop-like sandals or flats. This way you could be dancing all night and not be uncomfortable at all.


The Main Accessory: DO NOT forget your sunglasses, coz it not only protects your eyes from the harmful rays of the sun, it will also help by hiding your tears from the camera. Trust me, you will need it. Double-check your purse before leaving the house.


beach wedding outfit



2: Indoor / Church / Hotel Weddings


Opt for elegant evening wear but make sure it’s super-comfortable. Weddings take time; you are going to be there for quite a while, you don’t want to be uncomfortable.


The Fabric: Choose something smooth or go for a jersey-type material, the cut of which is feminine and lady-like.


The Shoes: Go for stilettos or high heels because unlike a beach wedding, the floor is going to be concrete this time. So why not add some glamour with your high heels?


The Accessories: Do not go overboard with accessories. Have just one statement-piece and let it steal the show. Keep everything else to a minimum.


Church hotel wedding


3: Backyard / Garden / Barn Weddings


The Fabric: Go with a bright-coloured, floral-print or lace dress. The dress could be a mini, but not too short, or a midi-dress. Avoid long maxi-dresses, because long evening gowns work best for indoor weddings and maxi-dresses are best suited for beach weddings.


The Shoes: Nude shoes with a block heel or brown-heeled wedges are the best for this type of weddings, coz you never know what the floor-type is going to be, so it’s best to be prepared for anything.


The Accessories: Since you are wearing a bright-coloured dress, the rest of the outfit should be kept muted with nude/neutral tones. Pick a nude purse, the one that matches your shoes. You can add a hint of gold with your accessories, but not too much, coz you don’t want to be over-dressed.


Christian wedding in Garden


4: Formal Weddings


The Fabric: I say Lace! You can never go wrong with a formal lace dress. Except, do not wear an all-black lace dress, because in certain cultures, a plain black clothing item sometimes denotes mourning and you never know who, in that wedding, would be a believer of that culture. So it’s best to play it safe.


The Shoes: Wear a gold/silver/black stiletto-heel, coz the venue would, generally, be indoors.


The Accessories: Ditch the purse/hand-bag and take a gold/silver/black clutch, matching your shoes, and wear a statement piece of jewellery, like a bracelet.


Formal wedding outfit



5: Black-tie Weddings


Black-tie weddings usually call for a longer-length dresses or gowns. Unless it’s mentioned ‘Black-Tie Optional’, then you don’t HAVE TO wear anything floor-length. But it’s still better if you do.


The fabric, shoes and accessories would be the same as that of a formal wedding.


Black tie wedding



The Do’s and Don’ts Of Dressing for Every Wedding:


  1. Never wear anything too short to a wedding. Always stick to, at max, the mid-thigh and never above that.
  2. Never wear a bandage-dress to a Wedding. You should wear something which is not excessively tight, especially around your stomach-area. Because more or less, you will be eating there and tight clothes will make you very uncomfortable.
  3. Do not wear an all-white to a Christian Wedding and an all-red to a Hindu Wedding. That is reserved for the bride, and by not wearing those colours, you are showing respect to the bride.
  4. Never overpower the bride with anything you wear. You don’t want to steal the thunder away from her. After all, it’s her big day.
  5. If you have a chance to, never hesitate from asking the bride and/or groom as to what to wear. They might have something in mind for you, or a particular colour for all their guests.
  6. Always check the weather before, and dress accordingly.


If you followed any of my styling tips, be sure to share a picture on Fashionlivre and send me a picture of you, all fashionably dressed-up, for my Facebook page, Fashion For All.


Debarati Mohanta (Debbie)

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Nikki On Wednesday, October 8, 2014 @ 5:40 pm

Wow..very useful information!!

Ripka On Saturday, January 10, 2015 @ 3:44 pm

your post saved from me making a faux pas! i was going to wear a white saree to a Christian wedding as i thought it would look sober and under-toned for a church wedding! now i ll choose something else to wear. Thank you!

Ripka On Saturday, January 10, 2015 @ 3:44 pm

your post saved from me making a faux pas! i was going to wear a white saree to a Christian wedding as i thought it would look sober and under-toned for a church wedding! now i ll choose something else to wear. Thank you!

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