Wedding Guest Dress Code Do’s and Don’ts

When going to formal events such as weddings, invited guests would always receive notice of expected attires which would either be really formal or semi-formal. Unfortunately, not all guests would actually follow these “expected dress guidelines” for a number of reasons which would make them look either overdressed or underdressed. I’ve been to countless weddings myself and I’ve actually never been to one where everyone was dressed in the same color. Oddly, some would even try to outdo the couple by wearing white or something similar to what they were wearing to the point that you’d think they’re the couple who got married which I personally think was really inconsiderate.


During our wedding preparation,  we really talked it over from the start that we wanted to have a type of wedding where everyone would look uniformly neat but still elegant of course. For others, this might look too controlling but for us, we just wanted to achieve this kind of elegant feels for our one-day big event! We debated on which color would be fitting for everyone and when we decided to have Black, we thought it’s a bit weird and definitely unusual for a wedding, more so a traditional Filipino wedding that we wanted for ourselves! Thankfully, we were able to check wedding event videos online (but mostly US based) with guests wearing “black attires” where the look was coined “black-tie event”. Since we’ve never been to a “black-tie wedding event” before, this would be something new and unique for us. A first for us… probably for our families and most of our guests as well.


Anyway, below is the Wedding Dress Code that we did for our invited guests to achieve our uniform black-tie event. We thought of creating this visual guide for them so they will find it easy to check what we expect them to wear to our wedding. We posted this dress code on our private FB page around 3 months before our wedding and sent it again to everyone via FB chat as a reminder 1 month before our big day.

Men 1
Men 2
Women 1
Women 2

Also, the reason we created this visual style guide is that we felt this will be helpful since we noticed that even if you told them many times with your formal invites na about what to wear pati yung color, madami pa din makakalimutin (or sadyang kinakalimutan) at magtatanong ng paulit-ulit even a few days before the wedding. Is that normal Filipino mentality whenever they would attend a formal event? No idea. But, thankfully though hubby made this and everytime someone would ask us kahit kausap lang namin kahapon, we would just forward these images and tahimik na sila.

Moreover, since our Entourage has a different dress code which we will be sharing on a different post, we also decided to have this kind of color for our SUPPLIERS so it will be easier for everyone to spot who is part of our wedding.

** We first posted this in a wedding community (WAW) where we have been quite active but finally thought of sharing it here. **


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Abby says:

    Hi, We just like to ask if we can use your wedding guest dress code do’s and dont’s sample as guide to our wedding guest? Thank You

    1. Garry & Aiki says:

      Hi Abby. Sure, no problem! 😊 Hopefully you can share your version with us after your wedding to inspire more couples. Happy preps!

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