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What To Wear To An Evening Wedding Reception


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Wedding season is in full swing! You’ve received your invites and the weddings are fast approaching which means you’re hunting for the perfect outfit to wear.

The dress code for an evening wedding can be anything from laid-back to formal. With unwritten rules set in place, navigating your way around what to wear can be confusing.

We’ve put together the ultimate guide to help narrow down your options.

Tips For Evening Guests

  • Make sure you understand the dress code! – Spare no detail and avoid any awkward scenarios.
  • Avoid white at all costs – It’s her day, avoid anything with a white base. Let the bride stand out.
  • Don’t forget accessories. – Make the most of those statement earrings you have lying around and dust off your best clutch.
  • Wear what makes you feel comfortable – It’s a big event full of lots of people you could be meeting for the first time. You want to be comfortable and feel your best, so stick to styles you know you love.
  • Don’t be scared of a jumpsuit! – Who says you have to wear a dress? Make a statement and go with an all-in-one number. Opt for woven and thicker fabrics to achieve a more formal vibe.

Types of Evening Weddings

Casual Evening Wedding Attire

Take the casual term with a pinch of salt. Weddings generally carry a formal dress code with them even for those stated as casual.

To help navigate this confusing dress code, we’ve picked out three outfits that work as a smart-casual base which you can tailor to the wedding.

Dresses For Evening Wedding

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Make an entrance in this green floral dress. Designed with a plunging wrap front, super flattering for larger busts, it features long balloon sleeves which are perfect for evening receptions during colder months.

The small ditsy floral print gives a casual appeal to this dress, ideal for smart-casual dress codes. Add heels to elevate it for after-dark.

Take it into your daily rotation after the big night too with trainers or chunky boots!

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Effortlessly timeless, you can always rely on a polka dot print for any occasion. Featuring a flattering wrap style secured with a tie fastening, it details with feminine ruffles to the hem. Add pops of colour to this mono base to give it a more relaxed appeal.

Outfit For Wedding Evening Reception

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Dresses not your thing? Don’t fret, we’ve got outfits for evening receptions too. We’ll start with the most important tip, jeans are a big no for weddings no matter how casual it is…

These floral wide leg trousers are perfect for evening guests. Smarter than your everyday trouser but not as formal as suit trousers. Adding a bodysuit or blouse, heels and a clutch bag make them wedding-ready.

Formal Evening Wedding Attire

If you’ve been given a formal dress code for the evening, you want to stick to it! When it comes to weddings, you’d rather be a tad overdressed than too casual.

Formal Evening Dresses For Weddings

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Boasting effortless elegance, this Yours London chiffon dress ticks all the boxes. The large floral print brings a smart appeal perfect for formal occasions.

The simple design lets the pattern do all the talking, featuring a rounded neckline, 3/4 length sleeves and a subtle belted tie waist to cinch in your silhouette.

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Channel darker hues during colder months in this Yours London midi dress. Designed with a lace décolletage and 3/4 length sleeves, it details with a feminine sweetheart neckline and dipped midi length hem.

The sleeves solve your jacket dilemmas too, offering extra coverage when the evening chill hits.

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This Luxe maxi dress is reserved for ball gown dress codes. Delicately hand embellished with a floral design to the top half, it features elegant angel sleeves and a floor-sweeping maxi skirt. You’re guaranteed to be the best dressed in this.

Keep your accessories simple to let the dress take the spotlight.

Formal Wedding Evening Jumpsuit

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Jumpsuits are a great alternative to dresses to try something different. They still complete your outfit in one so you don’t need to do any outfit planning.

The notch neckline gives a formal take on a v-neck with 3/4 length sleeves giving your arms extra coverage. The mono design means you can add as little or as many accessories you like!

Formal Outfit For Evening Reception

Bring deep, dark hues into your suits collection. This co-ord creates a more formal version of your favourite jeans and a nice top combo. We love how the lace bodysuit and heels add an evening touch to a smart style.

Shop our Yours London range for occasionwear in UK sizes 14-40.

Evening Jackets For Weddings

It’s always the question you find asking: do I need to bring a jacket? Colder months mean you definitely do need a jacket. We can no longer get away with risking it without one!

We’ve picked out our go-to styles to add an extra layer to your look without taking the spotlight from your outfit.

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Faux fur adds a luxe touch to any outfit. This faux fur gilet makes sure your body is wrapped up as you head from the venue to taxi. It’s also available in black!

Black Lined Blazer

For a more formal option, you can always rely on a blazer. Adding tailored touches to any look, opt for a simple design to let your outfit do all the talking.

With dress codes unscrambled and top tips made, you’re now wedding-ready. Shop our wedding outfits collection in UK sizes 14-40.

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