Post # 17
Umm that’s the biggest BS I’ve heard yet. I get the no white thing but seirously? No long dresses? Are brides these days that jealous that no one can attempt to look decent on someone else’s wedding day?
For my wedding I asked all my girls if they wanted to dress up super formal in long gowns so we would all look awesome, a lot of them did and pictures looked amazing!
Post # 18
@Pit: I’ve never heard of that rule! Sounds silly to me! However if you’re worried about it, why not wear a short dress with some cute tights so you don’t freeze to death.
Post # 19
@Pit: That is ridiculous! Wear a long dress, it is seasonally appropriate! I attended a January New England wedding once and wore a long dress and nobody batted an eye or thought I was part of the wedding party. I actually got a ton of compliments and was comfortable all night in the long dress and with my decision to wear one.
Post # 20
Um I’ve never heard of this. I’ve worn the same long dress to two different weddings. Maxi dresses are so in right now, that baffles me. Especially since you said you already talked to the bride about it…just do it.
EDIT: also this is the dress…neither bride cared since it’s cream/brown with black straps and a black “belt” waist. This would probably make your mom faint.
Post # 21
The rule regarding guests (and bridesmaids and mothers as well) choosing between long and short dresses for weddings actually has to do with the time of day and level of formality of the wedding.
Post # 22
As long as it isn’t a black-tie evening gown, full-length should be fine!
Post # 23
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
It depends on the formality of the wedding. If it’s a formal or black tie event, then you can definitely wear a long dress. If it’s casual, you may be the only one not wearing cocktail length. But even then, you can probably still get away with it. There definitely isn’t a rule that says you can’t wear floor-length dresses unless you’re in the wedding.
I usually use weddings as an excuse to dress up. BTW, if you don’t have a dress yet, check out Rent the Runway. You can rent a nice dress for cheaper than buying a new one, and they have a huge selection. You can even find something with sleeves if you’re worried about being cold. Something like this Alice by Temperley dress would be understated but pretty and is $110 to rent.
Post # 24
You should be fine, just make sure your formality level is on point with the rest of the wedding.
Maybe weddings are a bit dressier where I’m from but loads of ladies had on long dresses the last wedding I was at.
Post # 25
@Pit: I’ve never heard of that rule. Just don’t wear white and dress appropriately (i.e., not skanky) and you should be all set.
Post # 26
I wore a long dress to my friend’s wedding 2 weeks ago…she even complimented me on it. She just so happen to wear a long dress to my wedding too.
Post # 27
@Pit: def not a rule of thumb. it will be cold, of course you are supposed to wear something long ! the only “rules” are to refrain from white or the bridal party colors and even those are not always rigid.
Post # 28
I only seem to wear long dresses, no such rule exists about wearing long dresses
Post # 29
@Pit: absolutely wear a long dress!
Post # 30
As long as you match the formality of the wedding, there is nothing wrong with wearing a long dress. I’ve been to many weddings where the majority of the guests were wearing long dresses at a non-black tie reception.
Post # 31
Totally fine for a winter wedding. Just because it’s long, doesn’t mean it’s automatically more formal.