Post # 1
Im going to a formal wedding in Chicago this summer. Is this dress appropriate? I love how it’s Grecian and I think the color is nice for summer. My sister said it looks too formal like only appropriate for the wedding party, but isn’t everyone suppose to wear a long dress at a formal wedding? What do you think?
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Post # 3
gatsbymermaid : It’s totally fine, and you are right that female guests would generally be expected to wear long dresses. I’ve also been to many semi-formal/cocktail weddings where there were some guests in short dresses and some in long dresses.
Wear what you want! That dress looks great to me 🙂
Post # 4
I think that dress looks really nice. What did the invitation say exactly? Formal? Semi-formal? Black tie? It does look a bit like a bridesmaids dress but if it truly is a formal wedding I think it will be fine.
Post # 5
I agree with a PP that it does look a bit like a bridesmaid dress, but with that said, it’s really pretty.
Post # 7
As long as you’re not wearing a similar color to the bridesmaids, I don’t think anyone will mistake that dress for a bridesmaids’ dress. Just check the wedding colors before you decide on your color selection. It’s a really pretty dress!
Post # 8
Yeah… it’s a bit bridesmaidy, but not a problem if you. Aren’t wearing the same color.
Post # 9
I think budget-friendly, not-overly-sexy, summer-friendly, formal dresses in a solid color = bridesmaid dress. Lots of women will be wearing dresses that could be bridemaid attire. Don’t stress about it!
Post # 10
i think its fine, but i would try and find out what the bridesmaid dress colours are…i would do a different colour!
Post # 11
I don’t think it is too formal, in fact I think it is very pretty . But is is kind of the epitome of a bridesmaid dress .
Like pps, I advise you to be sure you know it is not the actual bridesmaid’s colour( or dress )
Post # 12
gatsbymermaid : I think that as is – it looks a little bridesmaid-y.
But the right accessories and styling (statement necklace or statement earrings, nice heels, hair down) will un-bridesmaid it!
Post # 13
Very bridesmaidy…maybe choose something a bit more structured?
Post # 14
A bridesmaid dress is simply a dress. There is no design feature that makes it more or less suitable. Many brides try to be considerate to their friends and keep costs down, so many tend by default to have simple lines and less expensive fabric or construction. That doesn’t make them exclusive to bridesmaids.
Similarly, a solid color doesn’t limit a dress to being worn in a wedding party. In fact, the only justification for having friends pay for their own dresses in the US is the unlikely idea that they might be worn again.
If the event is meant to be black tie, the invitation should specifically say so. Otherwise, my own guess is that it is meant to be what we would typically call a semi-formal event and that most guests won’t be in gowns. Some people do use “formal” in this sense, which is both confusing and traditionally inaccurate.
Post # 15
Thank you for the replies! The information does say that men should wear tuxes and ladies should wear a long dress. I think I am going to order it but first I’ll find out the wedding colors! I just think it’s perfect for summer especially if the venue has an outdoor patio. My husbands friends wives are also going so I’ll see what they’re wearing too.