Fashion Clothing What to Wear to Every Kind of Wedding By Cindy Weber-Cleary Updated on April 26, 2016 @ 11:30AM Pin Share Tweet Email Trending Videos Photo: Courtesy For many women, a wedding is the dressiest occasion they will attend, but figuring out what to wear can be challenging. Ahead, five different types of celebrations ranging from a black-tie ballroom event to a destination wedding at the beach, and the perfect outfit for each. For more of Cindy's age-wise style advice, visit Apprécier.com. 01 of 05 Cocktail Courtesy For a late afternoon/early evening affair, a knee-length cocktail dress is a no-brainer. I love the contrast of the feminine, yet sophisticated slip dress with the tailored blazer, which you can wear cape-like over your shoulders. Plus, you can cover your arms and stay comfortable if the temperature drops or the air conditioning is on overdrive. A sleek pump and minimal clutch keep it chic. Tibi dress, $450; net-a-porter.com. Helmut Lang blazer, $795; net-a-porter.com. 3.1 Phillip Lim clutch, $750; bergdorfgoodman.com. Manolo Blahnik pumps, $595; barneys.com. 02 of 05 Beach Courtesy Destination weddings have become more and more popular and give you an excuse for a mini vacation, but you have to pack smart. A light-weight, breezy off-the-shoulder maxi is perfect. Definitely plan on wearing a flat sandal or a wedge, so you don't stumble in the sand—and don't forget a hat to protect yourself in the sun. The gold sandal and trim on the straw clutch pick up on the dress's print and hold the look together. Nina Kashmir dress, $275; calypsostbarth.com. J.Crew hat, $58; jcrew.com. Michael Michael Kors bag, $198; bloomingdales.com. Sole Society, $65; nordstrom.com. 03 of 05 Formal Courtesy These days, you don't necessarily have to wear a gown to a black-tie wedding, but why not? Most of us aren't walking the red carpet on a regular basis, so it's an opportunity to go all out glamorous. The challenge can be finding something relatively affordable. This entrance-making gown is a great value. Keep the accessories on the understated side so as not to compete with the gorgeous embroidery: a simple satin clutch, strappy pump, and delicate bracelet complete the look. Needle & Thread gown, $550; net-a-porter.com. Henri Bendel bracelet, $98; henribendel.com. Glint clutch, $68; nordstrom.com. Badgley Mischka pumps, $78 (originally $195); amazon.com. 04 of 05 Daytime Outdoor Courtesy Whether it's in a garden, a vineyard or a barn, an outdoor wedding is a lovely spring or summer option. A fit-and-flare silhouette in a floral or romantic print will work in any of these surroundings. The wide-brimmed hat is in keeping with the feminine vibe. A wedge shoe will ensure that you don't ruin your day by sinking into the grass and a small cross body bag leaves your hands free for cocktails and hors d'oeurves. Goat dress, $830; matchesfashion.com. Eugenia Kim hat, $395; bergdorfgoodman.com. Botkier bag, $138 (originally $198); saksfifthavenue.com. J.Crew wedges, $148; jcrew.com. 05 of 05 Daytime Indoor Courtesy For an afternoon reception at a country club or restaurant, a soft dress in a pretty color always works. The loose pleats on this one make is a great choice for those of us who love to dance and the sexy shoe has a moderate heel height. A stack of thin bangles looks great with a sleeveless style. Diane von Furstenberg dress, $528; matchesfashion.com. Michael Kors double bangles, $115; neimanmarcus.com. Loeffler Randall clutch, $175; loefflerrandall.com. Joie pumps, $295; saksfifthavenue.com.