Decoding Dress Codes for Your English Country Wedding

by | 31 May

Planning your wedding involves making myriad decisions, and one of the most exciting, albeit occasionally perplexing, choices is deciphering the dress code. As a wedding planner with a speciality for crafting unforgettable celebrations, I understand the importance of striking the perfect balance between tradition and personal style. So, let’s unravel those dress codes and ensure everyone feels confident and fabulous on your special day!


Morning Dress 

Traditionally, morning dress was the preferred attire for gentlemen: think striped trousers, a plain shirt, waistcoat, and morning coat. However, times have moved on, and flexibility reigns supreme. While some still opt for this classic ensemble, others embrace a more contemporary approach with tailored suits. Whichever path you choose, cohesion within the groom’s party is key. Matching formal attire among the groom, best man, and ushers sets a polished tone. Just remember, while it’s tempting to showcase your sartorial flair, never outshine the groom!

For the fathers of the couple, mirroring the groom’s party’s attire creates a harmonious aesthetic. Perhaps not identical in style, but certainly in formality.

Black Tie

If your ceremony is planned for late afternoon, the allure of a dinner jacket or black tie ensemble beckons. Picture it: as the golden sun begins its descent, guests exude timeless elegance in their evening attire. This is also a wonderful choice for a winter wedding – why not go all out?

What about the ladies?


If the dress code leans towards morning dress, don’t forget your hat or fascinator —it’s the quintessential accessory for a touch of refined charm. However, if suits are the order of the day, feel free to explore smart dresses, jumpsuits, or chic trouser suits. And when black tie is on the agenda, embrace the opportunity to dazzle in glamorous attire. Think floor-length gowns or sophisticated cocktail dresses that exude effortless sophistication. 

Top Tip: Think about your shoes – if the wedding is in a marquee, the ground may be soft, think sinking heels! 

Ultimately, amidst the sea of etiquette and tradition, remember that it’s your wedding day—a celebration of your love story and unique personalities. While dress codes offer guidance, they’re not set in stone. So, feel empowered to infuse your personal flair into every aspect of your wedding, including attire. Whether you opt for timeless classics or contemporary chic, the most important thing is that you feel comfortable, confident, and utterly radiant.