Your Wedding Season Eyewear Guide

By Elise Snedden

bride and groom wearing sunglasses

Love is in the air, and so is wedding season! With warmer weather and sunny days ahead, it’s time to give your wardrobe a much-needed upgrade with some new accessories. 

Protect your eyes in style this wedding season – Whether you’re the bride or groom, in the wedding party, or a wedding guest, this article has something for everyone!

Is it acceptable to wear sunglasses to a wedding?

With the formal nature of weddings, different wedding themes, and the presence of unspoken dress codes and wedding etiquette, it’s understandable that many people wonder if it’s okay to wear sunglasses to a wedding.

Although there is no one size fits all answer to this question, eye health is more important than fitting a desired wedding theme or aesthetic.

With sunny days ahead and outdoor weddings on many of our calendars, sunglasses can be a great accessory to complement any style, while also protecting your precious eyes.

Sunglasses for wedding guests

All eyes will be on the bridge and groom so as a wedding guest, finding the right sunglasses to wear is much more simple.

Definitely find a pair that matches your outfit, as long as it fits in with any given dress code or theme.

As a guest, you will most likely be waiting out in the sun longer as you arrive, find a seat and wait for the ceremony to begin.

Opting for a pair of sunglasses with polarized lenses – especially if you’re at a waterfront wedding – or an anti-reflective coating will be ideal as they provide you with the most protection and optimal visibility during the ceremony.

Bridal sunglasses

bride wearing sunglasses

Bridal sunglasses are a major trend this year, making the possibilities endless.

Luckily, there are so many different options for brides when it comes to finding the right pair of glasses or sunglasses to match your dream dress, hair accessories, makeup, jewelry, and overall aesthetic of your special day.

We know you may be overwhelmed by wedding planning and the numerous intricate details that go into planning a wedding, we’re here to help make this an easy choice. 

For brides having an outdoor wedding and looking for the perfect pair of sunglasses, try looking for metal frames that will match your wedding jewelry.

If you wear gold jewelry, go for a pair of gold metal frames for a seamless and elegant look. 

If you’re looking for a fun accessory to wear while getting ready with your bridesmaids, white cat eye frames are the best sunglasses for a glamorous fashion statement and unique look. 

If you’re a bride that wears glasses, rimless frames are perfect for a subtle look that won’t take away from your gorgeous princess dress.

However, if you don’t want to wear glasses during the big day, contact lenses are a great alternative to prescription glasses. 

Sunglasses for the groom

groom wearing sunglasses

For grooms who want a pair of sunglasses or eyeglasses for the big occasion, timeless eyewear is the way to go.

The perfect frame styles for grooms on their wedding day are rectangular frames, tortoiseshell frames, or round glasses.

Even if these styles are very popular and trending right now, they perfectly complement any color suit, and will always be in style.

Of course, if you don’t want to wear glasses, contact lenses are always a great option.

Bridesmaids’ sunglasses

bridesmaids wearing sunglasses

Bridesmaids are, without a doubt, the backbone of the wedding party, supporting the bride through all the intricacies and stresses of wedding planning.

When it comes to bachelorette festivities, getting ready with the bride the morning of the wedding, or during the reception, sunglasses can be the perfect addition to make a fun fashion statement.

Cat eye frames or heart shaped glasses are the perfect look for an eye-catching photo opp.

No matter what face shape you have or what dress you wear during the ceremony, even if it has a simple silhouette like an a-line or shift dress, the right glasses can make your dresses look chic and stylish.

Sunglasses for the groomsmen

groomsmen wearing sunglasses

Groomsmen bring such a fun and exciting energy to bridal events. Whether it’s the bachelor party or standing beside your best friend getting married, wearing sunglasses can have a big impact on your look.

As a groomsman, you can truly never go wrong with a classic pilot shape or rectangular frames.

Wedding sunglasses do’s and don’ts

When it comes to wearing sunglasses at a wedding, follow these simple rules, and you’ll be good to go!

Match your sunglasses to your outfit.

You want your look to be cohesive and not stand out too much to where it’s distracting in any photos.

Don’t go overboard with obnoxious sunglasses.

We want to keep as much attention as possible on the bride and groom, so as a guest, try to steer away from reflective or neon frames.

Stick to the dress code.

If the bride and groom have provided a dress code for the wedding party and guests, do your best to stick to it. Opt for a plain suit or sundress, and when in doubt, neutral brown or black frames are a good way to go and match with nearly anything.

Don’t rely on the weather.

Always have a pair of regular or sunglasses, no matter what your weather app says. You don’t want to be stuck squinting in the sun without sunglasses for hours, so better safe than sorry!

Whether you’re the bride or groom, in the bridal party, or a wedding guest, sunglasses are the perfect accessory for sunny outdoor weddings.

No matter what style of frames you decide to wear, they add just the right touch to elevate any look, and make an impact in photos that will last a lifetime.

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