Military weddings are exciting to attend, since there's little else more charming and thrilling to see at a wedding than polished, refined men in uniform. If you were invited to attend a military wedding, know that the dress code doesn't have to be too much of a challenge. Here are some of the tips to remember for dressing up for a military wedding:
If you're an active or retired officer, you have the option of wearing your uniform. Be guided by the type of affair the wedding is going to be; that is, whether it's very formal, semi-formal, or informal. If it's a formal wedding, you may wear your military dress uniform; the mess dress or tuxedo-type uniform is appropriate for a semi-formal wedding; and the women blue evening gowns are good for an informal wedding.
During a very formal wedding, and specially if you are an usher or a member of the entourage, it's good to pin all your decorations to your uniform, in place of the boutonnieres. You may also consider wearing your saber (for the marines and army) or sword (for the coastguard and navy).
Find out the type of wedding. If you're not an officer of the military, all other guidelines for attending parties and special events apply. The very first thing on your agenda is to find out whether the affair is formal, semi-formal or informal.
If the wedding is formal, opt for long, silk gowns for women, and coat and tie ensemble for men.
If the wedding is semi-formal, you could do well with a 2012 cocktail dress in an elegant, timeless cut and style, paired with a light cardigan jacket if you wish. For males, you could do well with a crisp, button-down, long-sleeved collared shirt and silky tie.
If the wedding is informal, you could level down the notch of a semi-formal event; but this doesn't mean sloppy or casual! Keep the same type of outfit that you would have worn with a semi-formal wedding, but you could go for printed designs and trendier accessories.
Know what color to wear. For daytime weddings, pastel and light colors are appropriate. Darker hues are better for late afternoon to evening weddings like navy blue cocktail dress. Be sure to wear tones that are appropriate for your skin tone: "cool”, lighter shades if you have a light skin tone, while "warm”, dark hues if you have a darker skin tone.
Wear classy, minimal accessories. Whatever type of wedding it is, the rule of thumb is to keep accessories simple and elegant and to a minimum. Some good accessories of choice include pearl earrings, an elegant watch, a single silver bracelet or a strand of pearl necklace. Limit your accessories to not more than two.
There you have it! These are just some of the important things to remember when you're planning your outfit for a military wedding. Remember, apart from the style and the color of your outfit, another factor is of supreme importance: the cut and the fit. Be sure that you wear clothes that fit you perfectly, and this will instantly give you an aura of refinement and polish. Good luck, and hope this article helped you out!