From Alexa Chung to Bella Hadid, the Best A-List Outfits to Wear to a Wedding

Weddings are always exciting events to look forward to. Who doesn’t love a great dance floor, good food, and time spent with close friends and family? Whether you’re celebrating the nuptials of your best friend or a close cousin, you can always count on fashion-forward ladies like Alexa Chung and Suki Waterhouse to inspire your wardrobe selections. Are you attending a wedding with a rustic theme? Or perhaps a lavish ceremony calling for a fancy white-tie frock? Today, we’ve narrowed down our favourite celebrity looks to get your creative juices flowing.   

Ahead, you’ll find options that suit whatever your invitation may call for.

Rustic

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On Alexa Chung: Preen by Thornton Bregazzi Alberta Floral-Print Wrap Dress (£1350).

A rustic wedding usually takes place in the great outdoors at a barnyard-chic venue. It is less formal than black- or white-tie affairs, but this isn’t an invitation to show up in your favorite pair of overalls. For a ceremony of this nature, we suggest something flowy and festive, similar to Alexa Chung’s print wrap.

Garden Wedding

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On Emily Ratajkowski: Dolce & Gabbana dress.

Calling all garden-wedding attendees: If you’re going to a ceremony where you’ll be surrounded by lush greenery and flowers aplenty, you may want to opt for pastel shades or a dress that best reflects the setting: We’re talking floral prints here. Take a cue from Emily Ratajkowski and consider a look that’s chic and polished.

Formal/Black Tie

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On Suki Waterhouse: Rosetta Getty dress; Anita Ko jewelry.

For a black-tie celebration, you’ll want to fancy it up in an evening gown. For spring, stick to a neutral palette, and avoid excessive details like sequins and beaded fabrics, as these weddings call for dressy but not over the top. We love this deep-V one-sleeve dress that Suki Waterhouse wore recently at the Marie Claire Image Maker Awards.

White Tie

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On Diane Kruger: Michael Kors dress; Prada heels.

White-tie weddings call for floor-length frocks that are a step up from formal black-tie attire. Think red carpet dressing, and take a page from Diane Kruger’s book. The actress never fails to exude elegance at any occasion, and here she shows us how to work a bold shade without stealing the limelight from the bride.

Cocktail Attire

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On Bella Hadid: Jill Stuart Kendra Dress (£331/£165); Pamela Love jewelry; Aquazzura Matilde Suede Crisscross heels (£512).

If the invitation asks that you arrive in cocktail attire, you’re in luck. You likely already have something hanging in your closet that could work for the event. At this ceremony, you can show off some leg in a dress that hits above the knee. We recommend something light and feminine for spring, like this pastel perfection on Bella Hadid.

Beach Wedding

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On Sienna Miller: Saint Laurent dress; Miera T jewelry; Bally heels.

The most obvious aspect of a beach wedding is that you’ll be on the sand. With that in mind, you’ll want to wear something that hits above the knee so you can avoid dirtying your attire. The weather is typically breezy, so we suggest a loose cut and flowy fabric for movement. Sienna Miller’s tiered ruffle dress is an excellent example of a beach-friendly option.

Daytime/Causual

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On Allison Williams: Alexander McQueen dress; Oscar de la Renta heels.

Daytime ceremonies traditionally start in the morning, so you’re free to dress more casually. Think business-chic attire with a sophisticated flair. Take Allison Williams in this Alexander McQueen dress, for example: It's elegant, and the laser-cut detail adds a little extra pizazz without being too loud.