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How to Choose the Right Wedding Outfit for Family Members

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Choosing what to wear at a wedding can be one of the most difficult decisions you will ever make. It's not just about finding something that looks adorable on you, it's about finding something that makes everybody else happy too! You want to choose a dress that fits into your family's style and personality without being too over-the-top or underwhelming. Believe me, I know how hard this can be! But fret not, because I'm here to help you out with some pointers on the right way to choose the perfect outfit for your loved ones.

1 - Consider your role

Depending on your role during the wedding, certain things are more appropriate than others. For example, if you are the mother of the bride, then something like Jovani mother of the bride dresses are acceptable to wear. Mother of the bride dresses are usually not too flashy, and make more of a statement about the family's personality. If you are one of the flower girls or ring bearers, then something along the lines of a beautiful, on-theme dress (according to what the bride and groom have specified) with a matching bow tie would do just fine. As a bridesmaid, you should have an easy choice. Typically, bridesmaids wear matching dusty blue dresses as chosen by the bride. [They can avail bridesmaid dresses from Cicinia for great-quality materials.] If you were only given a color and told to choose any dress style you want, make sure to do something understated. Remember, it is not your day. This goes for the rest of the wedding-goers, too. This is not your day. Do not try to outshine the bride and groom. It's their day.

2 - Is there a theme?

If the wedding is to be themed, then this makes things that much easier. If there's a theme, it should tell you what to wear. For example, if they have a Disney-themed wedding, then it is safe to say that you should wear something similar. This means dresses with puffy sleeves and Mary-Janes. If they're having a '40s-themed wedding, then you should wear something like the classic Little Black Dress, with polka dot pumps. Making sure that the dress is consistent with the theme and setting of the wedding makes choosing a little bit easier.

3 - What to wear if there is no theme

If the wedding is not themed, your invitation will usually indicate the formality of the attire you should be wearing. The keywords you are looking for are: casual,  semi-formal, formal, etc.

Casual

Jeans and a t-shirt are acceptable if it is a casual wedding. However, you may want to add a feather boa or some jewelry if you feel that it is too plain. It is the bride's wishes what type of casual outfit she wants you to wear. If you are not sure, ask her!

Semi-formal

For a semi-formal wedding, do not wear jeans and a t-shirt. It is too casual when you are in the presence of the bride and groom. It has to be something more special. Wear a dress that is not too flashy, but still pretty enough to make you feel good about yourself.

Formal

For formal weddings in which you are in the presence of people of high class, wear something that will make you feel good about yourself. This will most likely be your most expensive dress. So make sure you chose carefully! If it is too flashy, it might turn away certain people who are not there for the wedding. If it is too plain, you might be mistaken as the maid of honour instead of yourself!

There are also various combinations of these dresscodes. Sometimes a bride and groom might request that you wear something chic, or bohemian. If that is the case consider the following outfits:

Chic

When you wear something chic, it means that you should be wearing something sophisticated and understated. Aim for a dress with clean lines. This means no feathers. No puffy sleeves. Your jewellery should be minimalistic, and your shoes understated as well. Keep in mind that you want to look classy, but you also want to be comfortable.

Bohemian

Much like casual, bohemian is not too formal, but rather very free-flowing. You may want to add some jewellery, but not too much! Make sure that your dress is comfortable and flowy. This is a very free-spirited look, so it should also be reflected in your makeup and hair.

4 - Wear some sensible shoes!

This tip isn't just for bridesmaids and flower girls. Make sure that when choosing your shoes, they are comfortable. You will be wearing them the whole day! For the bridesmaids and flower girls, make sure that their shoes match with what you have in mind for them. If you want them to wear heels, let them wear comfortable heels. If they are not used to walking in heels, it might not do well for them to have their feet hurting for hours on end as the wedding progresses.

5 - Accessorize

Accessorizing is everything! Jewelery isn't the only way to accessorize. You can accessorize with the way you do your hair, and even whether or not you carry a purse. If your style is more masculine, wear a belt, or some interesting cuff links.  If your style is more feminine, wear earrings, and a necklace.

6 - Remember that you are family

As a family member you can definitely stand out a bit more, but don't go overboard. Your outfit should reflect the wishes of the bride and groom, but you also want to look good in those family wedding photos. You may be very comfortable in jeans and a t-shirt, but consider that the wedding is not the time for that. This means dressing appropriately for the event and not just for yourself. Keep both in mind as it is still important that you are comfortable.

Choosing the right wedding outfit for family members can be a daunting task. But don't worry, we're here to help with some helpful advice on how to do it! The first thing you should consider is what type of attire will work best in your situation - casual, semi-formal or formal. If you are attending a less formal event such as an informal ceremony at someone's house, jeans and a t-shirt would probably be appropriate. For more formal events like weddings in which guests dress up nicely, wearing something fancier is necessary.

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