With peak wedding season just around the corner and invitations beginning to roll in, many guests will be eagerly planning their outfits for the summer nuptials ahead. But choosing what, and what not, to wear can be a daunting task when not wanting to upstage the bride.
Emma Zamani-Hawke and Sam Hughes, founders of luxury wedding and event design company Hawke & Hughes, share their top tips on how to avoid a wedding day fashion faux pas with five easy to remember rules.
Don't wear white
The cardinal sin of weddings, wearing white is by far the biggest mistake that can be made by a wedding guest. In a white dress, the possibility of being confused for the bride is all too great so no matter how good white looks on you, give it a miss - just for one day.
Wear colour in summer
Summer is the perfect opportunity to wear bright colours or pretty pastels, especially if worn with sunkissed skin. However, be sure to check in advance what colour the bridesmaids are wearing - being mistaken for part of the bridal party is a big faux pas that can easily be avoided with some forward planning.
Invest in accessories
Attending numerous weddings in succession can be costly, especially if each event requires a new outfit. A great way to avoid breaking the bank is to choose a couple of versatile dresses and update them for each wedding by wearing a different bag, hat, shoes and jewellery. Statement accessories are a great way of updating a look and incorporating the latest trends.
Don't wear anything too revealing
See-through fabrics, plunging necklines and cutaway dresses should be worn with caution. Weddings are family events and usually day to evening celebrations so steer clear of anything too daring or risqué.
Take a pair of flats
Wearing skyscraper heels all day can take its toll on your feet so pack a pair of ballet pumps or summer sandals in your bag to change into later on in the evening. No one will notice and this pre-planning will ensure you can dance away into the small hours of the night.