Follow the dress code, if there is one
Martha Stewart's website, marthastewart.com notes that dress codes and formalities vary at weddings.
"White tie is as formal as it gets, and it isn't very common these days. But, if you're invited to this type of event, dressing the part is imperative," the piece, A comprehensive guide to wedding guest attire, reads in part.
"It adds that for men, the dress code is strict: a black tailcoat, a white vest, a formal white shirt, a white bowtie. For your feet, wear black pumps (a.k.a. opera shoes)."
The report adds that options vary for women, noting that it's safest to stick with a long, formal dress.
"Heels are preferred, but make sure that you can walk in them. It's better to wear a shorter height than to stumble around all day."
When the event is black tie, evening wear is best suited.
Men are advised to be dapper in a tuxedo, white dress shirt, a coordinating bowtie and dress shoes.
Women should wear long evening gowns or dressy cocktail gowns.
"If you'd rather dress a bit more casually, you can...Men can wear a dark suit instead of a tuxedo and a conservative tie instead of a bow tie. For women, a chic cocktail dress is perfect," the report notes about formal wear.
It adds that casual wear for a wedding varies and can depend on things like the location and the time of day.
When it comes to a traditional dress code, the piece urges guests to research the culture at play and always be respectful.
The perfect wedding guest outfit
Finding the perfect outfit for a wedding does not have to be daunting, and wedding planning website The Knot breaks it down to following the dress code, shopping by seasonality, using the venue as a guide and accessorizing.
"The location of the wedding can offer some clues as to what you should wear to a wedding. For instance, your outfit for an outdoor wedding at a farm will be different from what you wear to an evening celebration at an upscale ballroom," The Knot reports, adding, "It's also important to plan your look around any religious ceremonies included in the wedding. Be mindful if you're attending a wedding in a religious facility. Be sure that your shoulders are covered and remove any hats."
Happy Wishy, a Kenyan bridal shop recommends flowy gowns, maxi dresses and African wear for wedding guests.
"For men, a tuxedo is always the best choice but African wear is also worn frequently. For women, formal dresses, maxi dresses, skater dresses or African traditional wear are common, For example, a kitenge," the report reads, adding, "On the other hand, If your style is trousers, wear an official one. Unless the bride tells you otherwise, avoid short dresses."
The report notes that clothes that should be avoided are: white outfits, those at risk of a wardrobe malfunction, mini-skirts and mini-dresses.