A wedding reception is a pretty formal event, and thus the dresses worn by the female guests have to stand to the standards. Before going shopping for a dress, there are a few things that need to be found out about the wedding reception:
- the time and the location, as a short dress or a tea length dress is better suited for a daytime wedding party, while a long gown is better suited for the evening. An outdoor reception is better suited for a shorter dress, plus you'll have to pay attention to the shoes you'll be wearing, as you don't want to ruin your brand new heels.
- the season in which the wedding takes place: for a winter wedding you can wear heavier looking dresses, or made of thicker fabrics than for a summer wedding, even if there is enough heat at the location of the wedding's party.
- the average age of the guests, in case you don't want to shock the older and more conservative guests, though this is not as important as the previous point. However, if most of the guests are Muslims, you will definitely want to be covered more than the usual.
- the color and the theme of the wedding – in case you really feel lost when deciding what dress to wear, these 2 features could help you out. For specific wedding themes you will be required to wear a certain type of dress – consider a medieval wedding, but this will be mentioned in the wedding invitation.
Deciding the fabric of the dress should be easy enough: silk, satin, organza, tulle and other light weight and expensive looking fabrics can be used. Additionally, the wedding receptions programmed in the evening will allow the use of clothes with sequins on, as well. The dress can be almost any color, but try to avoid white if you're not the bride, if you don't want to be congratulated for the marriage, especially if you're single.