So I should first clarify, this is what I wear to weddings as a photographer, rather than as a guest – though I would probably wear a lot of these outfits as a guest as well! (My most dressed up isn’t as dressed up as other people…)
Secondly, I should point out that we do not wear black polos and black pants to weddings. Our approach is, if we accidentally get in each others shots (which happens all the time!), we don’t want to obviously stick out as the ‘workers’ – we want to blend in with the other guests. And most importantly, the kind of wedding photography genre we inhabit tends to appreciate uniqueness and colour rather than blending in to the background!
I tend to wear dresses that are in between dressy and casual, and that are colourful without being TOO bright (so it’s not too distracting when I’m in the background of photos!) They are usually vintage, though occasionally I’ll wear a vintage inspired dress (which is always from Dangerfield!) I always tend to wear short dresses/skirts, but I make sure that they aren’t too short, as you never know where a wedding day will take you! (I also wear bike shorts or tights, just in case!)
I also base my outfits a lot on the couple themselves. The most recent wedding we had was with a super cool couple, so I dressed up my black dress with a colourful necklace, emerald cardigan and mustard tights. Some couples are super casual, and for them I tend to wear a less dressy dress, or a nice blouse and high waisted skirt.
As for shoes, I ALWAYS wear my boring black flats. While I love my vintage shoes, they do not treat my feet well when I am standing for eight hours! I also wear natural make up, and usually have my hair tied in a bun (so it’s classy, but requires no effort or maintenance!)
Here are some of the outfits that have made a few appearances at weddings this year!
And here is a quick BTS shot from a recent wedding – I was for some reason jumping to test something, don’t ask me why! :)
It is so funny, because as I was working on this post, a discussion started up about this very topic in a photography group I’m a part of – and I got some great tips! So if you have any more to share, I’d love to hear them :)