What to Wear to Every Kind of Wedding

From trad church affair to boho beach nuptials…

Call us biased, but we’d say shoes are arguably the most important part of a wedding guest outfit. First, not only is comfort king when it comes to weddings – unless you want your dance floor time cut short – second, the wedding destination often dictates the footwear options. If the couple are saying ‘I do’ on a far-flung beach, heels are a no-go. Got to walk on grass to get to the reception? A wedge or block heel will be your best friend. Read on for our round-up of wedding shoes – and bags – to wear to every ceremony…

This is the one where you can go all-out – within reason. Nobody wants to be accused of upstaging the bride. If the dress code reads glamorous, reach for the crystals. Maximalism made a comeback on the SS18 catwalks, with glistening jewels the decoration of choice. You’ll find the detail du jour adorning Carvela’s 'Gideon' stilettos – perfect for pairing with pleated midi skirts and slinky dresses alike - and 'Gianni' block heels. Take inspiration from the impending royal wedding with Kurt Geiger’s suitably regal 'Pia' courts. Adorned with a crystal buckle, choose from on-point yellow, staple black or statement pink. The nano heel (the 2018 name for kitten FYI) means wear-all-day comfort with no sacrifice on style – pair with a tailored suit for wedding guest wardrobe cool points.

If you’re lucky enough to be jetting off to a sun-soaked ceremony, the likelihood is it’ll be taking place on the sand dunes. With heels off the menu, opt for an elevated flat sandal – the glossy bronze hue and cut work detail on Kurt Geiger 'Ola' flats make them suitably smart, ditto the metallic stud trim on 'Mia' and plush suede finish on 'Opal'. All three will work on Mediterranean cobbles as well as tropical sands, and hold their own against a punchy bright dress. If you can’t comprehend a wedding sans heels, elevate your look (literally) with the gold rope Kurt Geiger 'Notty' wedges. The aptly named lobster 'Party Clutch' provides the perfect finishing touch.

Weddings that come with a more conservative dress code – think your classic church affair – are probably not the time to break out the Saturday night Studio 54 platforms. In this situation, you can’t go wrong with an elegant barely-there sandal, and Kurt Geiger’s pastel suede 'Langley' can be your very own something blue. Work the tonal look by wearing with a contrasting blue dress or tailoring and add a hit of summer metallic with the Kurt Geiger 'Party Envelope' clutch. Block heels guarantee all-day comfort, but if you prefer a slimmer silhouette, try Carvela 'Glimmer'. A classic court is another no-brainer wedding option – try Carvela’s ombre 'Alice' or Kurt Geiger’s cult pin-heeled 'Bond'.

Whether it’s a knees-up in a pub, an informal garden party or three-day festival-inspired do, relaxed weddings mean you can completely re-think the rule-book wardrobe-wise. Follow the fashion pack and shake things up with a pair of statement flats. To be clear, we’re not talking loafers or lace-ups here, but luxe embroidered backless slippers. Crafted from jacquard fabric and decorated with an embroidered, jewel-eyed lobster, Kurt Geiger’s 'Otter' will definitely prove a talking point at the reception. Kurt Geiger’s 'Major' rainbow block heels totally tick the standout box too and will look just as good with your jeans after the big day. Combining a summery espadrille sole with plush suede upper, Carvela’s 'Sara' wedge strikes the perfect smart/casual balance. The padded sock and flexi sole guarantee dance-all-night potential too.

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