What to Wear to a Wedding: 9 Must-Follow Rules for Every Girl

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We all have to walk that fine line when it comes to deciding what to wear to a wedding: You want to look striking and somewhat fun, but still look appropriate. You want to be remembered for the right reasons, even if it isn't your day whatsoever. Well, there are some basic ground rules that are worth referencing before rushing to the big day in a floral-print panic. We've covered the official dressing dos and don'ts of formalwear so that you can be the best dressed guest at all manner of nuptials and high-society soirées—with zero wardrobe stresses.

So whether you have a city wedding to attend, a religious ceremony to consider carefully or you just don't want to have a very miffed bride on your hands (no white lace, okay?), this is a very good place to start. We can all lose our heads a little when a swanky event comes a-knocking, but it's really just a case of being fully prepared for every eventuality—and learning from some of our own fashion faux pas. Those strappy stilettos looked great in the store, yes, but were they really cut out for a marquee reception in a field? Not so much.

Click through to read the nine must-know rules for what to wear to a wedding when you're just not sure.

#1: A dress is a safe go-to.

#2: Avoid short hemlines.

#3: Try boldly coloured lace.

#4: It's okay to wear black.

#5: Always carry a small bag for your essentials.

#6: Wear heels you can walk in ALL day.

#7: Wear sleeves or bring a cover-up for religious ceremonies.

#8. Check with the bride if you're not sure.

#9: It's still not okay to wear white.

Opening Image: @_jeanettemadsen_

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.