Traditional weddings are vibrant celebrations of culture, love and family. Because South Africa is so wonderfully diverse, putting your foot in it just by arriving is possible.

While there are a wide variety of outfits you can wear and be part of the celebrations there are also a few faux-pas that will make you the talk of the wedding, in the worst way.

Do: Dress the part

A traditional wedding is a big deal and you definitely have to dress up when you attend one. With respect to the type of wedding you have been invited to, dress appropriately. Do some Googling and ask around to see what other guests are likely to wear. If all else fails, ask the bride and groom for advice.

African or traditional prints are adaptable and can be made into glamorous modern outfits. Good old fashioned traditional regalia however never goes out of style.

Get some dress inspiration from Nomzamo Mbatha’s collection of glamorous African print dresses.

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Don’t: Try to out-shine the bride – a traditional wedding is still a wedding 

Traditional outfits are beautiful, but it’s easy to go over the top; between the bright colours, all the different types of headdresses and the endless styles of jewellery, you could get carried away. You also need to understand what outfit pieces and jewellery mean to keep you in line and prevent you from making embarrassing wardrobe mistakes.

For example, this gorgeous beaded veil is a bridal veil, and unless it’s your wedding, you shouldn’t be wearing it.

Do: Wear bright colours

Colour can be a big deal at weddings. Traditional Indian brides don’t even wear white. If you’re attending a traditional Indian wedding, wear a brightly coloured saree or lehenga, but avoid wearing red; that is the colour the bride is most likely to wear.

Related: Brighten your look with colour blocking

Don’t: Forget your dancing shoes

There’s love, there’s food and there’s dancing! It’s all good and well to look your best, but pointless if you’re not going to enjoy yourself. Wear comfortable shoes that complement your outfit or have comfortable shoes on hand so you’re dance floor ready, because there will always be that one song that gets everyone on their feet and you don’t want to miss out.

Do: Get your doek on fleek

There’s no arguing about the convenience of the doek and worn properly it can complete your outfit. Try some different styles before the time and make sure your doek matches your outfit, is a credit to your style and doesn’t look like a bad hair day in disguise.

Related: How celebrities style their doeks for different occasions