Is it okay for a guest to wear a long dress?

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
1779 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Pit:  I’m definitely not an etiquette saavy person but I have never heard of that rule, either. I would think as long as it wasn’t white or intentionally the same color as the bridesmaid dresses you would be fine. Especially for a winter wedding.

Post # 4
3265 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@Pit:  What? I’ve never heard of that rule! Only “rule” is not wearing white. But some brides don’t even care about that!

Post # 5
2103 posts
Buzzing bee

@Pit:  Girl wear a long dress. I would look at you like you were crazy if you wore a short dress to a DECEMBER SKI RESORT wedding!

Post # 6
4441 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@Pit:  Personally I wouldn’t, you’re mom is right, normally the bride and maybe BMs are the only ones in long dresses.  But what is the dress code for the event?

Post # 7
213 posts
Helper bee

what? i have never heard of that. the only attire i would avoid would be white/ivory and the color of the bridesmaids dresses. maybe red/black too but that’s my preference.

Post # 8
3787 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Pit:  I think it’s fine! I’ve also never heard of such a rule. But you might be a bit overdressed if it’s not super formal. If it’s black tie though, EVERYONE should be wearing a long dress. 

Post # 9
3006 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Uh, yeah. A long dress is fine…….

What the heck is she talking about??

Post # 10
6447 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I have never heard that rule. I rarely see the wedding party in long dresses anyways.

Post # 11
7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’ve never heard of that before. Go ahead and wear the dress, especially if the bride doesn’t even care.

Post # 12
1715 posts
Bumble bee

That’s absurd. Wear the long dress; it’s fine. 

Post # 13
330 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Unless the wedding is like, a daytime wedding or otherwise specifically less formal, I think you’ll be fine. We had at least one lady wear a long dress to our wedding, and I can’t say I cared.  I even wore a long dress to a wedding last summer; it was a more casual wedding and I wore a sort of mid-range-dress maxi dress (it came out of the regular section of the store, not the cocktail dress section).  Just go a little less formal with it; simple, nothing too blingy, a matte fabric rather than shiny satin.  I think you’ll be fine.

Post # 14
1080 posts
Bumble bee

Um…. that’s ridiculous. I never wear short dresses because I don’t wear heels and I hate my legs in a short dress and flats.

I wear a full length dress to every wedding I go to.

Post # 15
1690 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

So now guests aren’t allowed to wear white/anything with white on it/anything light colored, no pants, nothing too sexy, only above the knees, but not too casual? I’m so confused! 

Wear what you want!! Use your own common sense, forget all these stupid rules.

Post # 16
9859 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Pit: never heard of that rule.  I would personally be worried about being overdressed but as long as you’re comfortable who cares! 

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