Is it inappropriate to wear red to a US wedding?

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@LilySarah:  Personally, I don’t think red is a bad thing unless you are part of the family and going to be included in the group shots and might distract from the bride/groom in pictures. Other than that, if it’s a nice dress, I don’t see a problem with it!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

i think red is more than acceptable go for it!

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I’ve never seen a problem with red

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

My main wedding colour was red, I don’t know if people wanted to match the decor or what but so many people wore red.

I didn’t care.

For those who have said ‘it distracts from the bride (in photos, ect)’ no it didn’t. I was the BRIDE dammit.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I’ve never heard that it’s inappropriate to wear red to a wedding. As long as you stay away from wearing white, I think you’re fine.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I worn (the same) red dress to at least two weddings. No problems. I’ll probably wear it to more…

I think the style is more important than the color (as long as you’re not proposing to wear white) in terms of appropriate attire at a wedding.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Well, how red is it? Weddings guests are meant to be like furniture — since you’re not the main attraction, you don’t wany anyone to think you’re TRYING to be the main attraction. So if it’s bright-bright-LOOKATMELOOKATME red, then it’s best not to wear it. But if it’s a darker more classy red, then it should be fine.

Generally, it’s not the bride you have to worry about pissing off — she’s busy and distracted. It’s the 200 other guests who might be making fun of you in the bathroom all night. Nobody wants to be “that guy” in the dress everyone has to talk about, haha.

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think it’s totally fine.

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I think it is totally fine as bright as you want. I live in NJ and see plenty of red and bright colors. I’m not sure where the whole no bright colors, compete with the bride nonsense came from but I never hear it here.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

totally acceptable. i always see people in red.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

i never even knew some people thought red was an issue until i joined weddingbee.

i wore a red dress to a wedding a few years back and got tons of compliments

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

as long as it’s not a jessica rabbit dress, you’ll be fine, haha. i went to a wedding recently and there was a guest wearing a long red dress. i thought she looked cute 🙂

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Red is fine, I wore a red satin formal gown to a black tie event and it was simple, but slightly curve hugging and I got a lot of compliments.  Red is an awesome color because it is an all season color.

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