Deciding what to wear to a wedding can be a bit of a palaver if you’re not a wedding-guest regular. To avoid last minute jitters, always pay attention to the dress code and plan in advance – try a few things on a week or so before the big day.

A dress is the easiest option (knee-length or a midi dress is appropriate for a wedding). These six pointers will get you on the right track.

Consider the location 

The venue and setting of the wedding should complement your outfit and vice versa. A floral prom or summer dress and vintage accessories are perfect for a country manner and gardens but will look weird on a beach and dated in a modern city venue. This Lana Blossom dress is perfect for a country wedding.

Phase Eight Lana DressPhase Eight Lana Blossom Dress, £130, House of Fraser


Forget about frills and puffy skirts at a city wedding; keep those reserved for country manors. Instead opt for sleek silhouettes, sharp tailoring and trend-inspired pieces.

Geometric prints and monochrome stripes are on-trend for a city wedding, this sapphire monochrome stripe dress is perfect.

Wallis Monochrome DressSapphire Monochrome Stripe Dress, £60, Wallis


Don’t wear white


Avoid wearing all white – in particular anything with white lace! Even if the bride is wearing purple, wear a white dress to a wedding and you’re guaranteed to get a few disapproving looks.


Pretty in pastels

If you’re struggling with what colour to wear to a wedding, pastel shades are always a good fail-safe option. Keep things pretty and simple in this baby pink embellished Ted Baker midi dress.

Ted Baker Floray DressFloray Cut-Out Embellished Midi Dress, £189, Ted Baker


For the girl that doesn’t wear dresses


Culottes and a blouse or a smart jumpsuit are also perfectly acceptable as wedding guest attire.

Warehouse Lace JumpsuitWarehouse Lace Culotte Jumpsuit, £69, ASOS



It's all about the hat

Even if you hate weddings, at the very least they’re a fun excuse to wear a hat. Unless you are a regular at Ascot, a wedding is your one opportunity to wear a flamboyant hat or a fascinator and not be judged.

Johnny Loves fascinatorJohnny Loves Rosie Bow Fascinator in Blush£30, ASOS


Time to sparkle

Weddings are a time to sparkle, but unless the theme is eighties disco, an all-over sequin dress is not going to go down well. Wearing an all-sequin dress to a wedding is just going to look tacky – avoid making this fashion faux pas at all costs.

Tasteful beading, jewels and embellished accessories are the way to go and will add that something extra to a classic dress. Always remember to match (or at least coordinate) your clutch bag with your shoes.

Vintage inspired accessories are perfect for a country wedding...

Debenhams Silver Beaded Clutch BagDebut Silver Beaded Clutch Bag, £22, Debenhams


Pink Satin Clutch BagNo. 1 Jenny Packham Pink Satin Floral Embellished Clutch Bag, £30, Debenhams