How to dress at a destination wedding

(NC) -- It is cold here, but it's warm and sultry there. No wonder your favourite couple decided to take everyone to a sunny destination for their wedding vows. But how does one choose just the right clothes for that?

David's Bridal Canada, a leading special occasion and wedding authority, has put together a list of tips that will help you look your best, wherever the wedding may be:

Let the invitation be your guide. Is it a black-tie affair in Italy or a beach-side ceremony in Costa Rica? Wear a long dress if the wedding is black-tie, a short cocktail dress that hits around the knee for a more traditional wedding, or a flowing maxi dress and sparkly flat sandals if you're lucky enough to enjoy some sand and sun.

Dress for the time of day. Morning weddings tend to be more casual, so chose attire that is light-weight and flowing. Opt for more structured dresses that feature glitz and glamour for evening or cocktail hour affairs.

Be inspired by location. Not sure which colour to wear? Is it okay to wear white on the beach? Is it okay to wear black to a cocktail reception? Victoria Rucks of David's Bridal Canada says: “Gone are the days where guests have to avoid black or white. The key is to never upstage the bride, so if you want to wear white to a beach-side, go ahead. Just make sure it has a bit of pattern or a unique silhouette.”

Think about what packs well. Skip dry clean-only dresses that wrinkle easily. Instead, opt for matte jersey that packs well or choose natural fabrics that can be ironed or steamed at the hotel so you will look great in all the photos, no matter the location.

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