Exactly What to Wear to a Country Club Wedding

Preppy isn't always the vibe.
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Jessica Booth
by Jessica Booth
Updated May 15, 2024
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If you've been invited to a wedding at a country club, you can most likely expect an elegant affair that feels more traditional and sophisticated. Country clubs typically feature beautiful, large indoor spaces, as well as impeccable grounds, like an expansive golf course with impressive views. Many guests might wonder what to wear to a country club wedding, and while that answer ultimately depends on the dress code, there are some general things to keep in mind when shopping for an outfit.

Since country clubs tend to be on the more traditional side, you should plan for your attire to be a bit more formal. "When selecting your outfit for a country club wedding, guests should lean towards classic, traditional, and elegant options," suggests Lesley Brickman, stylist and owner of The One Gown. You can find suitable clothing options at retailers such as Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's, Anthropologie and Lulus, all of which sell a wide variety of gowns, formal dresses, and suits and tuxedos.

Below is a guide on everything you need to know about dressing for a country club wedding, as well as outfit suggestions you can buy now.

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What to Wear to a Country Club Wedding

Keep the dress code in mind, but shop for looks that are elegant and classic.

More Formal Attire

A country club wedding isn't the best place to wear something more modern and risqué. Skip the tiny mini dress or jeans and opt for traditional options that feel a bit more formal instead of casual. If you're unsure of the dress code, just assume it's something on the formal side— you're better off being a little overdressed. "An easy option is a midi-length dress with classic details or a suit and tie," Brickman says.

Dress Code Appropriate Clothing

Most country club weddings require a specific dress code and that's usually something pretty formal. "For weddings hosted at country clubs, you can expect more formal attire requirements," says Portland-based stylist Grace Thomas, owner of Built Gracefully. "Some country clubs may even require black tie for their events. A tuxedo may be expected by men, which in that case, go with a traditional black tie option. For something requesting semi-formal, a suit and tie will be the best option for men."

For women, Thomas recommends a below-the-knee dress as the most casual option, and a full-length gown for a formal wedding.

Light and Low-Key Colors

A lot of country clubs like to incorporate their outdoor spaces into a wedding, meaning many take place in the warmer weather. Both Thomas and Brickman suggest light and bright colors in lighter weight fabrics. "As most country clubs have beautiful outdoor spaces and grounds, expect to see greenery incorporated in these color palettes," Thomas notes.

Going to a country club wedding in the winter? "For cooler temps, fabrics such as crepe or velvet may be more appropriate, as well as richer hued jewel tones or black," Brickman says. You can always go for a more neutral palette, with shades like black and nude. However, just like any other wedding, avoid wearing white out of respect for the bride.

Simple Patterns

If you want to do more than just a solid color, Brickman says that pretty floral patterns can be a good option for spring and summer weddings. However, if you're going to go for a patterned dress, keep it simple. "I'd be careful before choosing loud prints and patterns, as these may not align with the overall attire expected at the venue," Thomas says. Remember, you want to go for a more classic and elegant vibe here.

Versatile Shoes

A lot of weddings at country clubs will incorporate both outdoor and indoor spaces. That means you'll want to wear shoes that feel comfortable whether you're walking on grass or a polished tile floor. "If the invite or couple's wedding website says that the ceremony will be on the golf course, ladies should select a thicker heeled shoe to avoid tripping," Brickman suggests. Avoid stilettos that may get stuck in the grass, or any very light colored shoes that could get stained outside.

Light Layers

Again, keep that outdoor/indoor situation in mind and know that it might get chilly as the night goes on, especially if the wedding is being held during transitional weather, like the fall or spring. "A simple shawl will be important as these styles of venues may have a drop in temperature in the evening," Thomas says. Something like a soft cashmere throw is also a good idea.

Minimalist Accessories

When it comes to accessories like jewelry and handbags, keep things simple. As a general wedding rule, Brickman recommends never over-accessorizing. "Too many, or too 'loud' accessories can ruin an outfit and make a wedding guest look too costume-y," she says. "Country club weddings tend to be more timeless than they are trendy, so select elegant jewelry, shoes and other accessories over 'of the moment' items."

That doesn't mean you have to avoid trends altogether, though. "If you really want to wear those cool new heels you just bought after seeing them on TikTok, pair them with a more classic dress and jewelry for the perfect balance of traditional with a twist," Brickman suggests.

Country Club Wedding Guest Dresses

When looking for dresses, opt for timeless and elegant options that feel more sophisticated. Instead of something super short, veer towards midi or maxi dresses, or full-length gowns for black tie dress codes.

BHLDN Ruby Twist Halter Satin Gown

BHLDN Ruby Twist Halter Satin Gown for your country club wedding
Photo: Anthropologie

This satin halter gown is a classic option that would work for any formal wedding. It comes in a variety of different jewel tone shades, from bright pink to a simple black. This versatile pick would work for any season and can be black tie appropriate or less formal as well. It's also available in a large range of sizes.

Size Range: 0-26

Xscape Ruffle One-Shoulder Scuba Crepe Gown in Green

Xscape one-shoulder crepe guest dress for country club wedding
Photo: Nordstrom

For a more formal, black tie affair, opt for an elegant gown like this one. Its Grecian-inspired silhouette gives it a regal feel, while the ruffled one-shoulder neckline adds some drama. It's also available in the shades Marine and Red.

Size Range: 4-16

Lulus Love and Beyond Burnout Floral Maxi Dress

Love and Beyond Burnout Floral Maxi Dress from Lulus for your country club wedding
Photo: Lulus

If you're into the idea of a floral motif, but haven't found a pattern you're into, this gown offers a subtler interpretation. We love the burnout design, flowy chiffon fabric and halter neckline, as well as the fact that it's available in three wedding-ready colors. It also comes in at a pretty affordable price point for a gown.

Size Range: XS-XL

A.L.C. Everly Pleated Plunge-Neck Midi Dress

A.L.C. black pleated country club wedding guest dress
Photo: Neiman Marcus

Full-length or maxi gowns are a great pick for a country club wedding, but you can also get away with a really beautiful midi dress. This elegant black option has some gorgeous details, like a twisted waist, criss-cross back and asymmetrical hem. It's ideal for the guest who wants a more modern look.

Size Range: 00-14

Kiyonna Lillian Embroidered Flutter Sleeve Cocktail Dress in Onyx

Kiyonna embroidered cocktail country club wedding guest dress
Photo: Nordstrom

This black floral dress checks so many boxes—flattering, versatile and totally chic. We love the draped bodice, flutter sleeves and embroidered skirt. It's particularly ideal country club wedding attire because it's not too casual or too formal, but still classic enough to work for a variety of dress codes.

Size Range: 0X-5X

Adrianna Papell Floral Embroidered Fit & Flare Dress

Embroidered fit and flare dress from Adrianna Papell for the best country club wedding outfit
Photo: Adrianna Papell

If a daytime spring country club wedding is on your calendar, this may be the perfect dress to wear. The colorful embroidery makes it stand out without being too over-the-top, and we adore the fit-to-flare silhouette and halter neckline.

Size Range: 2-16

Lulus Molinetto Lace Ruffled Tiered Maxi Dress

Lulus Molinetto Lace Ruffled Tiered Maxi Dress for the best country club wedding dress
Photo: Lulus

We're obsessed with this modern twist on a classic lace dress. The low v-neckline, tiered skirt and ruffled bodice make it totally cool-girl appropriate. It comes in five colors, but if you're a wedding guest, skip the white (obviously).

Size Range: XXS-3X

V. Chapman Vera Midi Dress

V. Chapman floral country club wedding guest dress
Photo: Anthropologie

Yes, sometimes a country club wedding calls for a preppy moment. This dress features all the hallmarks of preppy wedding attire (floral pattern, ruffles) with a modern and sexy twist (corset, high slit). This style comes in three color options.

Size Range: 0-20

Dress the Population Georgina One-Shoulder Crepe Gown in Black

Dress the Population one-shoulder black country club wedding guest dress
Photo: Nordstrom

This one-shoulder gown is a sophisticated option that's perfect for a black tie dress code. Its one-shoulder neckline and thigh slit offer a look that's flattering and sexy, while the crepe fabric feels luxurious. What's more, it comes in six other shades, giving you plenty of choice.

Size Range: XXS-XXL

Caroline Rose Plus Plus Size Flower Basket Embroidered Dress

Caroline Rose embroidered floral shift country club wedding guest dress
Photo: Neiman Marcus

If you're invited to a country club wedding that calls for cocktail attire, dresses that hit slightly above the knee are fine to wear. This dress hits all the right notes with its shift silhouette and beautiful floral embroidery.

Size Range: 1X-3X

BHLDN Cali Satin Cowl-Neck Midi Slip Dress

BHLDN Cali Satin Cowl-Neck Midi Slip Dress for the best country club wedding outfit ideas
Photo: Anthropologie

Another timeless option is this cowl-neck slip dress. The midi length makes it good for formal or black-tie optional dress codes, but down the line it could also work for a more casual event. It comes in a lot of different colors, from subtle darker shades to brighter options, and the satin material makes it really versatile.

Size Range: 0-26

Heavenly Hues Black Maxi Dress

Heavenly Hues Black Maxi Dress from Lulus for the best country club wedding outfits
Photo: Lulus

If you want something really versatile, this affordable maxi dress is a good pick. The plunging neckline and side slit do make it a bit more risky, but it's still acceptable for a country club wedding. It comes in a lot of different colors (although black is definitely the most versatile) and is made of a comfortable Georgette fabric.

Size Range: XXS-3X

Dress The Population Audrey Sleeveless Lace-Overlay Midi Dress

Dress the Population lace overlay midi country club wedding guest dress
Photo: Anthropologie

This gorgeous light blue midi dress is perfect for a country club wedding in spring or summer. Its sheer lace overlay is adorned with stunning floral embroidery that's sure to draw plenty of compliments.

Size Range: XXS-XXL

Tadashi Shoji Plus One Shoulder Crepe Gown in Royal Blue

Tadashi Shoji royal blue country club wedding guest dress
Photo: Bloomingdale's

Thanks to its beautiful royal blue shade, this elegant gown is ideal for all seasons. We love its asymmetrical neckline and the lovely bow detail at the shoulder. It's also available in the shades Hibiscus and Bamboo.

Size Range: 14-24

Country Club Wedding Attire for Men

Unless the dress code is specifically black-tie, men can wear a nice suit to a country club wedding. Opt for darker colors rather than something bright and flashy. For black tie, a classic tuxedo will work.

Indochino Stockport Wool Linen Blazer and Pants

Indochino Stockport Wool Linen Blazer and Pants for the best men's country club wedding attire
Photo: Indochino

An olive colored suit is a nice choice for a formal dress code and works well for a summer or spring wedding. The geometric texture detail in this suit makes it a little different and gives it some nice texture.

Size Range: Custom

Peter Millar Flynn Classic Fit Wool Suit

Peter Millar classic fit blue country club wedding guest suit
Photo: Nordstrom

It's hard to go wrong with a blue wool suit. It's classic and versatile and looks just as great in the middle of the summer as it does in the winter. This one is cut with a little extra room for comfort and for those who don't want anything too tight.

Size Range: 38-54

SuitShop Textured Gray Suit

Textured Gray Suit from SuitShop for the best country club wedding outfit
Photo: SuitShop

A light gray suit is a nice change from black for any time of year, although this one feels especially great for spring. A little bit of texture in the fabric goes a long way. It has a sleek fit that isn't too tight and gets a lot of great reviews.

Size Range: 34-64 for jacket, 27-58 for pants

SuitSupply Mid-Blue Three Piece Lazio Suit

SuitSupply Mid-Blue Three Piece Lazio Suit for your country club wedding
Photo: SuitSupply

Made of a stretchy wool material, this three-piece suit feels a little extra sophisticated and formal. It has a slim fit throughout and is made with a natural canvas that molds to your shape over time. The color is also really nice.

Size Range: 32-50

Peter Millar Tailored Fit Wool Tuxedo

Peter Millar Tailored Fit Wool Tuxedo from Nordstrom for your country club wedding
Photo: Nordstrom

For a black tie dress code, a tuxedo is the best way to go. While this one is a bit expensive, it can be a good investment piece for future events. It's classic and elegant, with a satin trim and 100% wool fabric. This is a great tux to have in your closet.

Size Range: 40-50

Tommy Hilfiger Men's Modern-Fit Wool TH-Flex Stretch Suit in Blue Sharkskin

Tommy Hilfiger blue sharkskin wool country club wedding guest suit
Photo: Macy's

This Tommy Hilfiger three-piece suit is sold in separates, so if you want to omit the vest, you can. It's available in a few different shades, including Tan, Light Gray, Charcoal and Navy as well as Blue Sharkskin.

Size Range: 36S-41L for the jacket, S-3XL for the vest, 29x30-34x30 for the pants

Indochino Southport Glen Plaid Blue And Ivory Suit

Indochino plaid blue and ivory country club wedding guest suit
Photo: Indochino

If you're looking for a suit with a subtle pattern, this Indochino option could be perfect for you. Its combination of houndstooth and plaid, as well as its stylish blue lining, make it ideal for a summer country club wedding.

Size Range: Custom

Indochino Hemsworth Stripe Navy Suit

Indochino Hemsworth Stripe Navy Suit for the best country club menswear for weddings
Photo: Indochino

If you want a suit that has a little bit of flair to it, opt for this pinstripe suit. It's classic with a subtle pattern, but it still stands out, and it has a little bit of modern flair to it. The navy is really nice and would work well for a summer wedding.

Size Range: Custom

Ted Baker London Jay Trim Fit Solid Wool Suit

Ted Baker London Jay Trim Fit Solid Wool Suit from Nordstrom for your country club wedding
Photo: Nordstrom

A classic black suit is always a good choice. This Ted Baker London option is a little bit of an investment, but it's a suit you can wear to so many different events for years to come. Made of Italian wool, it's comfortable and versatile, and has flat front trousers. This is a great pick for a country club wedding.

Size Range: 36-46

SuitSupply Navy Lazio Tuxedo

SuitSupply Navy Lazio Tuxedo for the best country club wedding attire for men
Photo: SuitSupply

This elegant tuxedo is made of wool and comes in a really beautiful navy color. The black lapel is a nice contrast and makes the tux stand out more. With sharp features and an overall sleek and modern look, this is one that will definitely catch the eye.

Size Range: 32-50 for the jacket, 26-44 for the pants

J.Crew Ludlow Slim-Fit Unstructured Suit

J.Crew Ludlow Slim-Fit Unstructured Suit for your country club wedding
Photo: J.Crew

If you feel that something slightly more casual is appropriate, then opt for this cotton-linen blend suit. In a lighter shade, it works better for spring or summer, and is great for a daytime wedding. It's lightweight and comfortable, and the separates are versatile enough to be worn in a few different ways.

Size Range: 34-50 for the jacket, 28-38 for the pants

SuitShop Classic Shawl Lapel Black Tuxedo

SuitShop Classic Shawl Lapel Black Tuxedo for the best country club wedding attire
Photo: SuitShop

Looking for a tuxedo on a budget? This SuitShop tux is a fantastic pick. Sophisticated and timeless, it comes in at less than $300 and will definitely be a staple piece for weddings. The curved satin lapel makes it stand out a bit too.

Size Range: 34-64 for the jacket, 27-58 for the pants

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