(Closed) Colors for wedding Guest Attire – Ideas please?

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
1318 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@KathPuj:  I think the general consensus here is that you can’t dictate what guests wear. I would be really put off if I recieved an invitation with a color suggestion, as I own exactly 2 wedding appropriate dresses and no cash to buy something else. 

ETA: I get the idea, and it can be lovely when it works out and everyone can be in those colors. However, if someone just can’t get something in your colors, they end up being a focal point in all the pictures, which you definitely don’t want. Plus, that guest might be really self-concious about sticking out so much. 

Post # 4
46408 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think it’s a bit much to specify the color(s) that your guests are to wear.It’s expensive enough for guests to attend a wedding, without having to purchase clothing in a color they may not own and may not like.

Just specify a style of dress-black tie, semi-formal, garden party etc.

Post # 5
2401 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

If you told me what colors to wear or not, I’d probably rebel and wear exactly what you told me not to. Sorry, I find this so rude and ridic. Asking guests to wear a certain color scheme only helps your pictures look better. It inconvienances the guests and it’s not really “participating.” 

Post # 6
6743 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

@KathPuj:  Is this kinda like when Kim K had a black and white wedding?  I think it’s only ok if you do that.  And even then, kinda not.  Didn’t L-Lo show up in a super trashy white dress where she looked like a stoned wh0re?  LOL.  Oh jeez, I know you’re not a celebrity, but this is what this is reminding me of, so maybe you should steer clear?

Post # 7
2179 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’d be put off if I was “asked” to wear something specific to a wedding that I wasn’t an official party member of. If I had to buy something to wear because I didn’t already own the “right” color, I’d either not attend, or subtract the cost of my new attire from the amount I’d be able to spend on a wedding gift. Let your guests be. It will be much less stressful for both you and them!

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