What to wear to a Fall Wedding

If you’re headed to a fall wedding soon, you’re probably wondering what to wear! Here are my suggestions for every type of fall wedding, starting with the classic style of black tie.

We know that choosing what to wear to a fall wedding can be a frustrating task. You don’t want to upset and upstage the bride. But, you still want to look amazing. Plus when it comes to fall, you never know what type of weather you’re going to get so we put together this little guide to help you look your fabulous best at your fall weddings.

fall dresses

At a black tie fall wedding, men should wear tuxedos and women should wear formal gowns. While you can get away with wearing a dressy cocktail dress, it’s better to wear a floor length gown or an evening suit. Black is acceptable, but a jewel tone will feel more festive and fun.

style inspiration for fall weddings

Dress up. A pretty dress is fine for both afternoon and evening weddings. Wear nice heels or flats, depending on what makes you most comfortable (flats might be easier to maneuver outside).

fall dress

Embrace bright fall colors. Marigold, maroon, purple, turquoise, dark green would be beautiful.

what to wear to a fall wedding

Check with the bride to see what color the bridesmaids are wearing. You don’t want to look like you’re in the wedding party. Bring a shawl or pashmina to an evening wedding in case it gets cold.

dresses for fall

Consider a pretty fall suit in a lightweight wool like gabardine. Find a statement necklace in coordinating colors to your outfit. Wear something you feel sexy in, but stay modest.

cocktail dress for fall

Don’t Wear white, off-white, or ivory. Wearing basic brown can look very sad at a wedding. Don’t wear flip flops or casual shoes. Don’t Wear shorts, revealing tops or dresses that are too tight or too short.

dress for fall

Also, do not Wear anything alarming or attention-seeking, like giant hats or neon orange dresses. Go for a more muted appearance.


For an afternoon fall wedding, you can absolutely wear a dressy sundress. Evening weddings require more dressing up, so choose a tasteful cocktail dress or a suit. Another thing to consider is that the weather may get cooler as you move from the ceremony to the reception site, so plan accordingly.

blue bridesmaid fall wedding dress

Ultimately, use the clues on the invitation to help you determine the time and place of the wedding, which in turn will tell you how dressy your outfit should be.

purple fall dress