What To Wear To A Wedding Other Than A Dress – 50 Is Not Old

It is that time of the year. Wedding bells are ringing, and blushing brides are walking down the aisle. Some of you might have a wedding or two to attend this year, and you might be looking a something to wear. You can check out my Simple, Elegant Dresses for Wedding Guests Over 50 if you’re looking for elegant dresses and accessories. But if you’re looking for something to wear to a wedding other than a dress, this post is for you.
The venue will give you lots of clues on what to wear to a wedding. If the venue is in a barn or someone’s backyard, then you might assume that the attire will be casual. A sundress or a dress that you would wear to church would be fine. However, if the wedding is in a fancy hotel or at a swanky country club, a formal or semi-formal dress code would be the safest bet. Look at the invitation to see if a dress code is listed.
Some brides like to do a theme for their wedding, and you will usually be told ahead of time. One bride asked everyone to wear white, and she wore a different color. It was a beautiful wedding! Some weddings have asked everyone to dress in black, and that looks so pretty and classic.
Unless mentioned on the invitation or by the bride, there are a few things you should NOT wear to a wedding. Don’t go too casual, even if the wedding is casual. Stay away from t-shirts and jeans, flip-flops, etc. This is the brides wedding day, and it should be respected as something they will want to remember fondly. Don’t wear white! I’m sure most of you already know this, but I’ll mention it again. Remember, the bride is the star, so we don’t want to be wearing the same color as her or outshine her. Unless you are told otherwise, don’t try to “match” the wedding party. If the invitation doesn’t specify a color theme for the wedding, look for clues in the invitation. Or, message the bride and ask. I’m sure she will appreciate you trying to make her day special.
Don’t roll your eyes at wearing a jumpsuit. Lol! A jumpsuit is great to wear to a wedding other than a dress since it is a one-and-done item. I chose a solid navy faux wrap jumpsuit since I can accessorize it with almost anything.
Since the jumpsuit is sleeveless, I’m going to link to some wraps/sweaters/kimonos that you could wear with the jumpsuit to add warmth and hide your upper arms.
The v-neckline is flattering, and it allows you to show off a statement necklace or a string of pearls. The v shape draws your eye downward and helps to make your neck look long and lean.
The back of the jumpsuit is just as pretty as the front. It features a deep v opening but still allows you to wear your regular bra. Here is the bra I wear daily.
Black might seem somber, and a color that you wouldn’t normally associate with a wedding. But, black is also elegant, dressy, and appropriate for most occasions, even weddings.
These Wide Leg Long Palazzo Pants would be perfect for a wedding. You can wear them with any color, and dress them up or down. I paired them with a black wedge sandal since a lot of weddings are held outside. Walking in grass or gravel with high heels can be a pain, but a wedge shoe works great. If I were wearing these shoes out to dinner, then I would probably wear a pair of heels to make the outfit dressier. Here is what I use for my heels when I need to wear them in places that could damage the heels.
This Off The Shoulder Tie Waist Wrap Top is gorgeous, but a little hard to maneuver to look right. The next time I wear this, I would use safety pins to hold it in place and keep it from shifting. This would look great with a beautiful skirt or straight-leg pants.
Like wearing black, wearing pearls is always appropriate. I wear a lot of pearls with jeans, dresses, or even with a t-shirt. The necklace I’m wearing is named after me, and I have it doubled to make it shorter. I have a 15% off code that you can use for your entire purchase. Tania15
A one-and-done option is always the easiest choice. For those who don’t want to wear a dress or a jumpsuit, then a “set” or a “suit” would be the next best thing.
Can you wear bright colors to a wedding? The jury is out on this since bright colors might look like you’re trying to steal the spotlight. However, summer and beach weddings are ones where wearing bright colors is acceptable. I love wearing bright colors, so this outfit is one that I would wear to dinner, to a play, or a celebration event, but probably not to a wedding.
I love bright colors, so this Wide Leg Pants 2-Piece Set is my favorite. I’m wearing the purple version which looks brighter and more magenta in these photos than in person. However, it isn’t as dark as it appears on the website. This set would be great for a wedding; however, I would choose one of the other available colors.
The Tweed Double Breasted Blazer has been a favorite purchase for me this year. I’ve worn it with everything, and it makes everything look polished and put together.
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What a nice surprise to see your post about wedding attire. I would enjoy reading more of your posts!!
It is my personal preference to dress up for a wedding. These jump suits work because they are dressing up for many people these days. Others may wear what they like, but a wedding is one of those rare opportunities when I can look fab despite living in an excessively casual part of an increasingly casual country. I try to dress a notch above what others do but not so much that I annoy the bride or either Mom. You are right: it does require doing your homework to do that effectively. Dressing up is good clean fun. It is worth the effort.
I love these ideas. I always want to wear something nice to a wedding and still be comfortable! The black is elegant and the deep pink is gorgeous! I love them all!
I am so Thankful for your guidance in what to wear at a wedding. I have always known not to wear white. I normally always ask the bride or one of her family members what color is best to wear because they know her best. I appreciate someone taking me under their wing and helping with this type of knowledge. I love to learn and I want to get it right. Thank you so very much
Wonderful ideas for what to wear to a wedding! You looked stunning in all of the outfits and I especially like the blue jumpsuit. I have a black and a green jumpsuit that I have worn this past week. I dressed up the black jumpsuit to wear to an auction last night, and the green with a more casual look at another event. There were several ladies wearing a jumpsuit (including my DIL) at the auction and they all looked amazing. Thanks for another informative blog!
I loved all your ideas for weddings. It looks like maybe it was windy when you had these pictures taken and it made the pants look a little weird at the bottom. I love wide legged pants…but it takes some getting used to or it has for me. Have a great weekend!
It was horribly windy. It really played a number on the pants!
I would never wear a jumpsuit–let alone to a wedding. All that extra voluminous material does nothing to one’s figure–it just makes one look larger (especially from the back). As someone below commented, they don’t look good on you, either. I think folks would be thinking, “Doesn’t she have a blog on fashion? Why in the world would she wear that?” Dress classy and you won’t go wrong.
I really loved all the outfits, expect the black wrap top seemed I’ll fitting and sloppy.
Love a lot of your suggestions! How do you feel about those Vionics? I’ve had a few of their flats in the past but never tried a heal with them. Thank you!
I love my Vionic Buckle Strap Sandals in gold. They are comfortable and look so nice with a dress.
I got the SPANX bra you mentioned at Christmas time. I love it, and I’m ready to get another one. BUT I want to get it on sale again. Do you happen to know when that will be?
I never know when they will go on sale. I’ll be sure and mention it when they do.
Great! Thank you!
I absolutely do not like wide leg pants. They don’t even look good on you or Beth Djali. I love the trouser look that film actresses like Katherine Hepburn wore. So sophisticated.
Since I am 60+ I guess I didn’t know there was a dress etiquette for weddings. I don’t recall ever thinking about such a thing when I was younger. Everyone likes to look nice so I don’t think there should be so much judgement. I love all your looks.
Wow, I’m 51, and we’ve ALWAYS been very conscious of wedding etiquette. Maybe just different parts of the country are like this. Who knows? I was taught early on that it’s all about the bride.
Love the two piece options. It is very difficult to find dresses in a tall size that are wedding appropriate.
Wow, I love the jumpsuit! Such a fun fashion item!
Great suggestions! I’m not much of a dress person, and I love these choices, particularly the jumpsuit.
I would not wear these outfits because I am petite but busty. The blue jumpsuit way to low and the black top would swallow me up. Love the color pink on you. I guess I will have to stay with a dress.
Wow, all I can say is I would never wear a jumpsuit to a wedding, even if was a casual event. Most women do not look good in jumpsuits; a simple dress hides more flaws. Sometimes an outfit that draws attention to figure flaws draws as much attention away from the bride (and groom) as wearing white. Just my humble opinion.
Nancy, fashion is a personal choice. I love a jumpsuit, and I have several that are elegant and perfect for dressier events.
Very nice outfits! Love the colors.
I LOVED this post!! I wear a knee brace and have been going crazy thinking what I will wear to a September wedding. Your jumpsuit idea is perfect! Thank you for a wonderful post of alternatives to dresses for those of us who can’t wear them. 🥰
Yay!!! I’m so glad that this post was helpful!
😬I didn’t know wearing bright colors was frowned upon. I wore a magenta dress to my sister in laws wedding. 😬
Thanks for these suggestions though. Some of them are so pretty! I used to love dresses but lately pants and loose and flowy items are more my thing.
Jo, I think it depends on the dress, color, style, etc. I’ve worn bright colors to weddings also, and lots of other people were wearing bright colors too. No one was standing out in the bright colors, so it isn’t an issue. The problem comes when you are the person who everyone is looking at instead of the bride.
I do like a jumpsuit for a wedding also! My niece got married last year and specified that everyone wear white as she was wearing a blush color! I wore a very nice white or cream I should say, jumpsuit! It worked perfect! I also have the two piece wide leg set you featured in a navy and may wear that to a wedding this summer!
It is much easier when there is a dress code for a wedding. You know what color to wear, and there is no stress involoved.
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