We don't know about you, but everyone we know seems to have gone wedding mad of late. The climate is thick with proposal expectancy and seating plans, which for us only means one thing — what are we going to wear!? Wedding guest dresses have always been subjected to a rather stringent set of rules: nothing too sexy, nothing white, nothing lacy, nothing that might upstage the bride. If that's the case why not just turn up in a sack and have done with it? However, we at Little Black Dress are dedicated to our cause: the pursuit of fabulous occasion fashion, whether tradition dictates you're the centre of attention or not! Why should we have our fantastic frocks and sartorial choices dictated by the bride and her mother? It's our moral obligation to look chic and sophisticated for their big day, and we're going to do it our way. So naturally, there will be black. Forget old fashioned wedding etiquette, black is back when it comes to dresses for wedding guests, and here's how to get the former faux pas really right come reception season... GRECIAN GODDESS Full-length black doesn't have to mean Morticia Adams. It can in fact mean girly Grecian drapery, figure-forming ruching and an excellent choice for a wedding, whatever the season or weather. This long black wedding guest dress by Gorgeous Couture gives the illusion of a godly figure and shows off your shoulders and SS13 fashion knowledge. Turquoise accents and this gorgeous gold feather headband take the edge off of block black and instead reference the sunny shores of Crete. Shop the look: Gorgeous Couture Gilly Maxi Dress in Black, £238Clare Hynes Shaoqing Necklace, £150Rachel Black Millinery Floating Feather Headpiece, £47, Brandts Hippy Chic Beaded Turquoise Bracelet with Hamsa Charm, £59. MONOCHROME MANIA

  S/S13 has fallen in love with monochrome, a two-tone style that has long been championed by the effortlessly chic streets of Paris. And if it's good enough for the pioneers of style then it's good enough for your best friend's wedding! This A-line Georgia dress creates the illusion of a enviable hourglass shape and plays with Breton stripes so popping on a beret headband simply completes the look. Shop the look: Gina Bacconi Striped Jersey Dress, £150Johnny Loves Rosie Beret Headband with Feathers, £39, Juno Chartres Purse, £20, Moda in Pelle Kacey Shoe in Black Suede, £69.95. LACE LOVE-IN

Black lace dresses can often lean too far towards the funeral side of fashion and yet with the right accessories it can be wedding guest dressing perfection. Classic silver earrings and look-at-me diamanté encrusted sandals will give you a sexy Señorita look come the after-party. Shop the look: The Lacey Dress in Black, £65, Johnny Loves Rosie Bright Pink Hair Corsage, £16, Astrid and Miyu Puppy Love Earrings, £59Moda in Pelle Rizora Shoe in Silver, £89.95. BRIDESMAID BEAUTIFUL

Can’t quite handle a full on pastel prom dress for your bridesmaid dress duties? Well, if the choice is yours, paint it black! This is the easiest way to wear the full-on, frilly and feminine design as it is still fun and flirty but doesn't look like you've come from a costume party. And the occasion-worthy dip-hem and over-sized bow on the reverse will keep the bride happy. You can also liven it up for summer with these fantastic coral platforms (a Team LBD favourite) and oriental earrings complete with a matching statement bracelet. Shop the look: Kate Fearnley Darcy Dress in Black, £199, Bourne Francesca Shoe in Coral, Was £159 Now £111.30, Clare Hynes Bao Bracelet, £75Clare Hynes Bao Earrings, £45. After such a fabulous array of LBD's we think we've made our point on the dresses for wedding guest front! So look forward to the next instalment of our wedding guest dressing etiquette blog posts and let us know on Facebook what you'd like to see. Shop all wedding guest dresses here.