What to wear to a Spanish wedding: Fall/Winter

Avoid looking like a total guiri (foreigner) at the next Spanish wedding you attend. Stay on top of the latest trends and you’ll fit right in at the ceremony and reception. 😉 Remember, spring officially starts on March 20th so you can continue to reference winter looks until the new spring collections are showcased (check out my post on what guests should wear to a spring/summer wedding in Spain).

Also, if you’re wondering how a guiri like me knows what she’s talking about when it comes to Spanish weddings…apart from attending several weddings myself, Javi and I got married here in Sanlúcar de Barrameda.

Fashion rules for Spanish wedding guests

  • Tocados (fascinators) and pamelas (broad-rimmed sun hat) are for day weddings only.
  • Short dresses / skirts are worn to day weddings. You’ll know it’s a day wedding if lunch is served at the reception or the marriage ceremony is before 2pm.
  • Long dresses / skirts / pants are worn to night weddings. You’ll know it’s a night wedding if dinner is served at the reception or the marriage ceremony is after 5pm.
  • Never wear white.
  • Always wear heels (and bring flats in your purse)—like these.
  • Monos can be worn to day or night weddings.
  • Never wear the same outfit to more than one wedding.
  • Men can wear morning suits to day weddings (generally men in the family and wedding party wear this type of suit), otherwise a matching jacket and slacks with a tie will work. I have never seen a man wear a tuxedo to a wedding in Spain, day or night.
  • Make sure to check out my post “10 rules you need to know to be the perfect wedding guest in Spain” for more wedding tips & etiquette.

What to wear to a fall/winter wedding in Spain

These are the latest trends I’ve noticed we’re seeing for  winter wedding season—if you’ve noticed new trends feel free to share by leaving a comment below. Elements to watch out for include velvet, backless / open back, feathers, fur, dark and/or muted color tones, hats, and gloves.

Pro guiri tip: buying a new outfit for each wedding gets expensive. A lot of Spanish women rent their entire look from companies like La Mas Mona & Rental Mode. You can rent the main elements of your outfit (dress, mono, pants, skirt, top, etc.) as well as accessories (belt, purse, jewelry) for around €60. Tocado or pamela rentals cost extra.

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