Post # 1
I have a question in regards to dress to wear to a wedding. I am attending my first day time wedding and I am not quite sure what I should wear. I usually go with my staple little black dress for all my night weddings. Can you wear a LBD (i have a halter one & a wrap one) for a day time wedding? She is getting married in May. Since the wedding is going to be on the small side they have decided to do some formal family portraits, which I will be participating in a few of them.
I don’t want to be the faux pas in wearing a LBD if I should be wearing something a bit different.
Post # 3
Either one of the black dresses will still be fine. I would just pair in with a cute cardigan!
Post # 4
I think it depends on the style of wedding…if it’s cocktail-y, semi-formal, or formal then LBD totally works (maybe play up some colorful, spring-like accessories?). But if the wedding is more garden-party/tea style or informal, I think LBD is too dark/dressed up. Maybe check out what the bridesmaids will be wearing & see if you have something in a similar style/color; especially if you’re going to be in family pics (MOBs & MOGs traditionally wear the wedding colors). HTH!
Post # 5
Traditional etiquette says you shouldn’t actually wear black to any wedding, especially not a daytime one. Maybe use this as an opportunity to buy yourself a nice summer dress that you’ll love, in a fun color or print? If your heart is set on the LBD, I would ask the bride about it.
Post # 6
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
I think a black dress will be fine. Nowadays, people wear whatever they want to weddings and nobody blinks an eye.
Post # 7
I think so, but i prefer lighter colored dresses in spring weddings. I don’t see anything wrong with an LBD if it’s culturally appropriate (some cultures i.e. mine don’t allow black dresses at weddings).
Post # 8
If you want to make sure no one will be disaproving wear a lighter colored dress. If you just want to be within the bounds of decent etiquette you can wear the LBD. I wouldn’t mind you wearing a black dress but my mom and grandmothers would but they wouldn’t hate you for it or anything.
Post # 9
I think it would be fine, but would be nicer to add some color to it, like a pashmina or wrap to bring out some color since it’s daytime.
Post # 10
This is why I love WB – I’ve never heard of not wearing black to a wedding before I came here. I wear LBD’s all the time to weddings. You could jazz it up with an awesome necklace or a pashmina/cardi/jacket like the PP’s suggested. Maybe some great shoes? I’m a big fan of an LBD with bright RED shoes that pop. Dunno why. 🙂
Post # 11
Not so sure the majority of people care about wedding etiquette these days. I think that you could wear either of the two dresses and it would be perfet. Like Dana said, people wear whatever they want now.
Post # 12
I usually wear a nice light summery dress in the daytime for weddings.
Post # 13
A black dress seems a little dark or heavy for a May daytime wedding…. but this comes more from my “fashion” point of view vs. anything else. I don’t think most people follow the “no black at weddings” thing anymore as a blanket rule. I wear black dresses to nighttime winter weddings if I feel like it, but for other seasons I have other color dresses that I wear.
If most other women guests were wearing springy colors and styles, would you feel out of place?
Post # 14
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
I’d see this as a great opportunity to buy a cute, bright colored dress. 😉 I think you’d be the only person in black, so it would depend on how much that bothers you, if at all. I don’t buy black not being wedding-appropriate (unless it’s also culturally inappropriate), but I do think you could do better in spring/daytime.
Post # 15
I would not wear a LBD to a daytime wedding in May. Buy a cute new colorful spring dress!
Post # 16
LBD is fine but i would pair it with coloful shoes and accessories. i prefer sundress type dresses for spring/summer weddings though in the afternoon since its kinda hot here, but each to their own.
but the LBD will be fine – just dress it more summery! 🙂