Perfecting Your Wedding Look: Dress Codes and Floral Coordination

A wedding dress code is a vital part of setting the tone and style for your big day. It helps to create a cohesive overall look, for one. It also provides your guests some peace of mind, given they’ll know what to expect as they step through the doors and into your ceremony and reception. To that end, if you’re thinking about a certain dress code but finding it hard to picture how it all comes together, we’ve got you covered! The pros at Marco Island Weddings are here with the ultimate style guide, showing you how to perfectly match your florals with your chosen dress code.

Stairwell adorned with elegant floral designs

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White-Tie or Full-Dress

White-tie (or full-dress) weddings are the ultimate in sophistication. Ladies, it’s your time to shine in super formal, floor-length gowns that radiate royal energy (and make you feel like it!), complete with sparkling jewelry. Gentlemen, dust off those tuxedos with tails, and don white shirts, bowties, and vests — the more extravagant, the better! Your guests will be enveloped in flowers suitable for a palace, with white roses, hydrangeas, or the blooms featured at the royal wedding you loved most: lily of the valley, orchids, gardenias, freesia, sweet peas, veronica, hyacinth, ivy, and the ever-so-regal myrtle.

Woman holding elegant white and green bridal bouquet


Black-tie weddings are more common than their white-tie counterparts, but they still ooze elegance and sophistication. Ladies, it’s your chance to wow in chic pantsuits or floor-length gowns, depending on the venue. Gentlemen, think tuxedos (sans tails) accented with a bowtie or a sleek black tie for a modern touch. This slightly less traditional dress code allows for a bit of creative flair in floral arrangements. Picture tall centerpieces with gold-colored vases brimming with timeless roses, luxe hydrangeas, elegant calla lilies, or romantic peonies, adding a contemporary twist to classic vibes.

Elegant white flower centerpieces in wedding hall

Formal or Black-Tie Optional

If the invitation to your wedding suggests a dress code that’s formal or black-tie optional, your guests have a bit more freedom to wear what makes them feel fabulous. Women might opt for a glamorous floor-length gown or a chic cocktail dress. Men can choose between a dapper tuxedo or black dress pants paired with a stylish dinner jacket — a white jacket would be perfect for a summer affair. For the floral designs, aim for show-stoppers, particularly at the ceremony. While timeless choices like roses and peonies are always stunning, consider adding unique blooms such as anemones, protea, and abundant greenery for added texture and contrast.

White floral arch at garden wedding


Cocktail attire is a favorite for many weddings, blending style with ease. Ladies, you’ll shine in midi, knee-length, or tea-length cocktail dresses; men will look sharp in dapper suits and ties. Keep the florals classic; think of peonies, roses, and ranunculus as your VIP blooms. Pair these beauties with lush greenery and a playful, seasonal color scheme to keep the vibe lively and fresh. Select vibrant hues for a summer celebration or warm, rich tones for an autumn affair to vibe with the festive mood perfectly.

Sweetheart table with colorful flower arrangements

Semi-Formal or Dressy-Casual

Whether you choose a dress code that’s semi-formal or dressy-casual, your wedding’s setting will significantly influence your guests’ attire choices. Evening weddings often call for darker colors, while lighter hues are perfect for daytime ceremonies. Ladies can opt for midi dresses, dressy skirts, or chic pantsuits, while gents can go for dress shirts and nice slacks, with or sans tie. This ensures everyone is confident, comfortable, and primed to celebrate in style. Your floral designs should complement the venue and vibe, reflecting your unique personality and style. This allows for a diverse range of wedding blooms, from the timeless classics to the most imaginative arrangements.

Stone reception hall set up for wedding with florals


When you think of a festive dress code, think of a fresh and exciting concept that invites guests to play with bold colors, textures, and patterns. Imagine a cocktail dress code spiced up with bright, funky, and playful, accessories — everything from jewelry and shoes to pocket squares and bowties. Your wedding florals should mirror this vibrant energy with large, bright, colorful stems and fun textures. Think dahlias, anthuriums, striking palm leaves, and protea to take your wedding to the next level. These gorgeous arrangements radiate joy and energy, perfectly embodying the festive atmosphere.

Extremely colorful floral designs in white lounge area


Casual wedding attire doesn’t mean shorts, jeans, or flip-flops — definitely a no-go! Instead, women can opt for lovely, flowy sundresses paired with dressy sandals, while men should choose collared shirts with khakis or nice slacks (jackets and ties are optional). For a “casual” wedding, floral designs often embrace a country chic or boho aesthetic. Think wildflower bouquets with delicate baby’s breath, pampas grass, and other accents that evoke a laid-back, organic vibe.

Woman in pink dress holding floral hoop

Partner with the talented team at Marco Island Weddings to perfectly match your wedding dress code with stunning floral designs that will make your dream wedding a reality!