(Closed) Black dress

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 4
610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

It’s not acceptable only if the bride/groom & their family are of Asian ethnicity, I think.

Post # 5
1044 posts
Bumble bee

I’m Chinese myself and my mother wouldn’t allow anyone to wear black because it was supposed to be a sign of bad luck and death.  My mom said it’s something that people wear to funerals and not to weddings.  So I’d advise against it.  I’m sure you can find a dress in a different color that’s just as flattering on you.


Post # 6
3332 posts
Sugar bee

I think this can be different culturally, so you might want to check with your cousin/family.  I know I’ve worn black to weddings and my mom wore black at mine, so it wouldn’t bother me.

Post # 7
296 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I would check with the culture, but I have worn black to several American weddings. 

Post # 8
357 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I think that black USED to be a no-no at weddings because people assumed that the color had something to do with your personal feelings regarding the wedding.  But I don’t think that’s true anymore.  These days wearing black at a wedding is perfectly acceptable in most cases. 

Post # 9
4480 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

Black is a very common color for a party dress, so it’s not like it’s just for funerals. I’ve worn black to a few weddings before and not been at all out of place. I think you should ask someone involved in the planning if it were appropriate, because I think it depends on the cultural context (e.g., my officemate’s wedding will have no black because her parents insisted; my bridesmaids will be wearing mostly black).

Post # 11
4485 posts
Honey bee

Interesting because I have two cousins whose husbands are Asian and they said black is ok but white is unacceptable because it is symbolic of death in both lJapanese and Chinese cultures.

Black is common nowadays for bridesmaids and it’s traditional for men’s attire. As a guest, it should be fine. Not to mention, everyone says that each woman should own at least one black dress for festive special occasions because it isn’t considered a funereal color anymore outside of the movies, and weddings are certainly festive special occasions, so it seems hypocritical that they would be acceptable at any other special occasion but not at a wedding.


Post # 13
10218 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

like the new dress that you posted!! i wore black to my mom’s wedding because i thought it would be sexy and chic… she still talks about it to this day that she felt it was inappropriate (10 years ago).  i think it also depends on the age group… she’ll die to know if/when i get married my bm will wear black dresses

Post # 15
125 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

i wore a black, halter, V-neck dress to my aunt’s august wedding 3 years ago. the wedding was in wisconsin by the lakes region. the dress is 100% silk with a bunched up waist. all in all i’d say it’s perfectly fine to wear black, just don’t wear ‘the little black dress’. 

Post # 16
955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I love the red dress that you just uploaded!!! It is really pretty!

All of my bridesmaids are wearing black, but it will be an American wedding which seems to be acceptable now a days. I would probably be safe and not wear black if you think that it would be offensive to those in the wedding. Good luck 🙂

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