Prime wedding season is upon us – an exciting time to support friends and have a little fun celebrating. Choosing the right outfit for a wedding can be difficult: you want to look lovely, appropriate and never outshine the bride, of course. To get a picture-perfect look ideal for the occasion, consider a few timeless tips and tricks.

Trick: Take queues from the invitation

The wedding invitation and the time of the wedding are your best guides to the event’s formality, according to A fun country-themed invitation for a wedding in the afternoon will clearly call for attire different from that of an evening wedding at a 5-star resort. The dress code may even be printed on the invitation (often in the lower left corner)!

Tip: Formal vs. semiformal vs. informal

Once you know the formality of the event, you can narrow your attire choices.

Formal: For formal day events, opt for a cocktail dress. This isn’t an evening out on the town, so try to target about knee-length, if possible. Evening formal weddings call for longer dresses that sweep the floor. Add gloves for a stunning black-tie look.

Perfect Semi Formal Wedding Guest DressSemiformal: Cocktail dresses are ideal for both day and evening semiformal weddings. We love The Cue Renne Dress in Champagne with a light silk fabric that is beautiful for summer. Pair with matching heals to show off those gorgeous gams! Another semiformal option for summer weddings is the Pastel Romance Dress in Mint – lacy and delicate in an oh-so-trendy summer shade, this dress is a breath fresh air at any event.

Informal: You have a lot of options for informal weddings. A skirt or pants paired with a favorite blouse lets your own style shine. Keep in mind that themed weddings are typically more informal and may even encourage guests to dress the part. For example, a 1920s-style wedding may call for feather and fringe accessories. A beach wedding lets you get creative and colorful by wearing a dress like Stacia Butterfly Dress in Cabana with a beautiful blue print and unique butterfly sleeves.

Trick: Accessorize!

Sometimes budgets don’t allow for a brand-new dress for each wedding, and let’s be honest, if you have a LBD you love, why not reinvent it again and again? The secret to keeping a great dress versatile for different events lies in the accessories. Gold bangles always add a touch of class, so create a luxe look with stacks of black and gold from the Patten Bracelet Set. Complement a long torso with a long necklace that sparkles; the earthy-gold goodness of the Gilmore Necklace should do the trick. And don’t forget that scarf/wrap for keeping warm when the party goes into the late evening!

Tip: Ask the bride

When in doubt about what to wear or which customs you should follow, ask the bride or maid of honor. Either would be more than happy to answer your question rather than have you show up in something not-so-appropriate for the special day.

Source: Haute Height