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What To Wear To An Evening Wedding Reception


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Wedding season is in full swing! You’ve received your invite and the big day is fast approaching which means you’re hunting for the perfect outfit to wear.

Navigating your way round what to wear to an evening wedding reception can be confusing. The dress code can be anything from low-key to formal.

We’ve put together the ultimate guide to help narrow down your options.

Tips For Evening Guests

  • Make sure you understand the dress code! – A great tip is to check out the venue to get a feel of how formal it will be. Spare no detail to avoid any awkward scenarios.
  • Avoid white at all costs – It’s all about the bride, avoid anything with a white base and let her have her moment.
  • Don’t forget accessories – Make the most of those statement earrings you have lying around and dust off your best clutch, these are the pieces that will bring your whole look together.
  • Wear what makes you feel comfortable – It’s a big event full of lots of people you could be meeting for the first time, you want to be comfortable and feel your best so stick to styles you know you love.
  • Don’t be scared of a jumpsuit! – Who says you have to wear a dress? Make a statement and go with an all-in-one number. Opt for woven and thicker fabrics to achieve a more formal vibe.

What To Wear To A Wedding Evening Do

Weddings generally carry a formal dress code with them so it’s figuring out what level of formal you go for.

To help navigate this confusing dress code, we’ve picked out a range of wedding guest dresses and outfits with a range of glam and low-key options.

Summer Evening Wedding Guest Dresses

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Brighten up your florals in our Yours London pleated maxi dress. This is a great option if you’re looking for something more formal.

Bold in statement florals, it features a v-neckline, belted tie fastening and sweeping maxi length with pleats throughout. The sleeveless style keeps you cool on summer evenings with the maxi length adding warmth if you need it.

Keep your heels and accessories low-key and let the dress take centre stage.

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Simple in design but bold in blue, this pleated dress is a great option for formal dress codes.

The cold shoulder style is great for bigger busts for extra support that still shows off your shoulders, and a great option for pear shapes to add volume to your narrow shoulders. The pleated skirt adds a formal touch perfect for weddings.

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Keep it classic with forever on-trend polka dots in this Yours London ruffle wrap dress.

Made from a floaty lightweight chiffon fabric in a wrap around style, it features ruffle trim detailing with a tie fastening to cinch in your waist as little or as much as you like.

The polka dot print will take you through season after season to a range of formal events.

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Add a pop of colour to this classic print with our cobalt blue maxi dress.

The stretch jersey fabric gives it a casual feel with the large polka dots making it occasion ready. The wrap front is super flattering for bigger busts, completing with an effortless sweeping tiered smock hem.

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Reach for your go-to style and give your LBD a new season refresh. This Yours London skater dress is set to gain a firm place in your wardrobe.

Featuring a simple scoop neck with a statement bow to the shoulder, it features a tie fastening to the waist with a fit and flare skater skirt effortlessly sitting over your curves.

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Work pastels into the evening with this lilac wrap dress exclusive to our Yours London collection.

Featuring a wrap front, super flattering for bigger busts, it features long elasticated sleeves, a tie fastening to the waist and pleated knee length skirt.

We’d style this with silver accessories to complement the pastel tones.

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Smaller prints are the easiest way to give your outfit a low-key look for a relaxed wedding reception.

Comfortable in a stretch jersey fabric, this dress features a flattering sweetheart neckline with bust ruching detail. The long balloon sleeves make it a great option if you don’t want to take a jacket but to still keep warm.

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Keep it short and sweet in this teal blue frill dress, perfect for warm summer evenings.

Made from a subtle textured fabric, it features a simple v-neckline with a flattering empire bust, short elasticated sleeves with frills and a feminine frill hem.

We’re loving how the gold heels complement this teal blue giving a bronzed summer finish.

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Opt for a romantic heart print pattern in this Limited Collection dress.

The long sleeves gives you coverage when the night turns cooler but you still show off your fab legs. Featuring a simple v-neckline, long elasticated sleeves with an elasticated under bust nipping in your waist.

Elevate with simple black heels to polish off the look.

Evening Wedding Guest Outfits

If dresses aren’t your thing, you can create an evening ready look with blouses, trousers and jumpsuits. Check out our favourite styles below.

Evening Tops For Weddings

Searching for evening tops to wear with your bottom half? We’ve picked out our go-to styles you can pair with a range of trousers.

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Bring glam sparkles into your outfit with this luxurious sequin embellished top exclusive to Luxe.

Intricately hand embellished with sequins in a vertical design, it features a simple scoop neck and short sleeves. Pair with smart trousers and heels to complete the look.

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We know florals and weddings go hand-in-hand, making this Yours London floral top the ideal choice.

Made from a stretch jersey fabric, it features a flattering cold shoulder design with frill detailing, super flattering for pear shapes by adding volume.

Wedding Evening Reception Outfits

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Our linen blend blazer and wide leg trousers is the ultimate summer wedding guest outfit as an alternative to a dress or jumpsuit.

The linen blend fabric is a great option for summer weddings to keep cool and comfortable in. The blazer jacket features a lapel collar with a stripe lining to the cuffs, and the trousers feature an elasticated back band with belt loops and a flared wide leg fit.

Opt for a neutral top and accessories to let the hot pink take centre stage.

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Outfit planning is easier than ever in this Yours London jumpsuit.

Featuring your go-to wrap style with a luxurious lace bodice, short lace sleeves and flared wide leg trousers with a tie fastening to cinch in your waist. The black base makes it easy to glam up or keep low-key – the options are endless!

With dress codes unscrambled and top tips made, you’re now wedding-ready. Shop our wedding outfits collection in UK sizes 14-40 for more must-have styles.

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