What to wear to as a guest to a wedding?

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Is my dress to dressy?
    Yes : (18 votes)
    82 %
    No : (4 votes)
    18 %
    other, explain : (0 votes)
  • Post # 2
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    331 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014 - Excalibur

    I have never seen a woman in a long gown at a wedding unless it is black tie formal or black tie optional. I would go with a nice cocktail dress if you don’t want to feel over dressed.

    Post # 3
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    588 posts
    Busy bee

    That dress is *gorgeous*, but I honestly wouldn’t wear it to a “rustic” wedding, even if it’s an evening function. You could wear that dress to a white tie or black tie affair, but if dress code isn’t specified, it definitely isn’t either of those two levels of formality. Go for a cocktail dress instead.

    Post # 4
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    3709 posts
    Sugar bee

    I always feel that you can never be overdressed, unless you try to pull attention away from the bridal party (like a middle aged aunt, in a low-cut, glitter, pageant-type gown). My daughter had a black tie wedding, in a historic hotel’s ballroom (guilded age architecture) and I was shocked at the number of women who wore short, plain dresses, some of which were suitable for a professional workplace. Weddings seem to be the only place where ladies can wear long dresses anymore. I look forward to the opportunity to dress up.

    Go with what the bride told you.

    Post # 5
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    3222 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    If the bride said it’s fine, then it should be fine. Personally, I’d wear a cocktail dress.

    Post # 7
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    588 posts
    Busy bee

    Klein2bReidy:  I honestly think that this dress is probably still too flashy – If you need floor length, I think you could easily find a more subtle dress. Tea length dresses might work if it’s just the knee. Do the more opaque skin toned nylons not cover the scars sufficiently?

    It’s such a beautiful dress, but I have a feeling you’ll stand out more than you want to.

    Post # 9
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    346 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Klein2bReidy:  Wear the LBD and wear black opaque tights.

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