(Closed) As a wedding guest, you shouldn't wear _____

posted 3 years ago in Guests
  • poll: What should a guest ALWAYS avoid when wearing to a wedding?
    White/cream/ivory/eggshell : (324 votes)
    60 %
    Pastels (light blue, light pink, etc) : (11 votes)
    2 %
    Beige, tan, or nude : (51 votes)
    9 %
    Silver : (15 votes)
    3 %
    Black : (33 votes)
    6 %
    Red : (27 votes)
    5 %
    Any pattern (flowers, polka dots) on a white or off-white background : (25 votes)
    5 %
    Chiffon, multi-way dresses, or anything that could resemble current bridesmaid trends : (37 votes)
    7 %
    Other/I'll explain in the comments : (15 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 91
    61 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    In this day and age, not all brides follow the rules of wearing white – so why should their guests? Personally, if I were invited to a wedding where I should or should not do this and that, then perhaps I should not attend the wedding at all. 

    Post # 92
    1184 posts
    Bumble bee

    I personally think it shows respect to the bride and the occassion to dress modestly for the event. This is not YOUR time to express yourself and shine, as long as you look nice and presentable then that’s all that matters. It’s a time to celebrate their marriage, have fun and chat with other guests, not a fashion parade. 

    I generally go for something with sleeves in floral or in pink or blue, nothing too harsh in colour or sparkly, and not white. 

    Post # 94
    1489 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Other things not to wear:

    -Saran Wrap


    -No Pasties

    -A Pastry




    Post # 96
    8462 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    PeachSnapple :  

    Oh bugger, that’s my plans for my nephew’s wedding dashed then. And I’ve already been outed for being “a woman turning up to a formal day reception in a leather mini skirt, bustier, fish nets and scary stilletoes” .  I’d been wondering why I’d been given the old cold shoulder …

    Post # 97
    1489 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    coloradohiker88 :  or sparkly, or tassled, which would also take attention off of the bride.

    Although I find that when wearing Saran Wrap, pasties are a must, as is good adhesive. Saran Wrap makes a person very sweaty, and  Nip slip is a real thing…and extraordinarily distracting for all involved.  (Not me, a friend in college.)

    But basically I find clothing to be a good start of what a guest should wear to a wedding.   

    Post # 98
    1184 posts
    Bumble bee

    coloradohiker88 :  


    hehe actually I think I worded that badly! I suppose I meant I wouldn’t wear strapless or spaghetti strap dress, and if for some reason I did I would have a little shawl/pashmina to cover up if it were in a church or if the crowd had many older/conservative guests. This has just been my experience as the norm at weddings with female attire, I live in Australia if that changes things at all? Many weddings here are out on a country property and it gets cold in the evening.  I tend to err on the side of conservative dress for weddings, whereas for going out or to a bar or club I would wear more revealing things if I wanted. 

    Post # 99
    390 posts
    Helper bee

    I tend to avoid the white/blush category as well – I don’t agree that we need to avoid dressing up nicely because it’s the bride’s day – it’s still “her day” but guests are allowed to wear something fancy for the occasion. I personally like weddings because I get to dress up nicer than usual.

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