Post # 1
Hey guys! So, I went shopping a few days ago and fell head over heels in love with this dress I found and decided to splurge. I’m curious if you think it’s too formal for a guest to wear to a wedding… The wedding in question is my fiancé’s brother’s wedding (by the time their wedding rolls around, we’ll be married already), and my fiancé is one of the groomsmen. It’s a 7pm wedding in the beginning of March 2017 at a fancy ballroom type venue near our town. I know the bride’s taste is very glitzy and glam, and knowing the venue, I can only imagine the whole wedding will be that way as well. So, do you think this is too formal to wear? I think I’m worried it’s too formal simply because it’s long, but I actually think it would probably fit into her style.
Post # 2
very pretty, though it needs a hem or you need some tall heels.
Honestly, if its in a fancy ballroom its probably semi-formal attire, and that’s 100% appropriate.
Post # 3
Since it’s an evening wedding at a formal location I say it’s fine as long as the dress isn’t in the wedding colors.
Post # 4
I think it’s really pretty, but if you’re having doubts can’t you just ask the bride?
Post # 5
It’s beautiful! Honestly, as long as you are not wearing white, short shorts, jeans, or sweat pants, you will be fine (I have seen all of these at weddings unfortunately)!
Post # 6
I voted that the dress is fine, but then I saw that there was no mention of this being black tie. I wouldn’t wear a long gown in that case.
Post # 7
Huh. I’ve never heard you can’t dress in the same colors as the wedding colors.
OP–I think it looks great on you and is more than appropriate for a wedding. I also think that it’s a solid choice in the sense that how you accessorize can make it work for more formal and less formal affairs (with sandals and some funky jewelry and your hair loose, it’s less formal; with heels and a stole and pearls, with your hair more styled, it’s more formal).
Post # 8
Why couldn’t you dress in the wedding colors? That isn’t a thing.
I think it’s really pretty and it’s after 7pm, you’ll be fine. One of my friends wore her prom dress to my wedding, (also after 7 but not black tie) and it looked awesome on her. (It was very classy and simple, not dated at all. She looked amazing.)
Post # 9
Why wouldn’t it be fine? I’d be more worried about buying a dress 1 year before the event…
Post # 10
I agree with this! I think the dress is gorgeous and appropriate, but I would find it really difficult to buy a dress and then not get to wear it for a whole year. Possibly the bride hasn’t even gotten hers yet.
Post # 11
lol–considering I hardly ever have the funds to buy a new dress for a wedding, I’m wearing dresses that I guess I bought 5 years too early!
Post # 12
I love it. Needs hemming or heels if thats your thing.
Post # 13
I’m curious as to why people voted no. Can’t see this as being too formal for most any wedding unless it was just super casual! But I prefer people to be dressed up. I have seen someone take it too far at a wedding, but it was a Mother of the Bride wore a very sexy, revealing wedding dress that she had made in black on light in the box.
Post # 14
I guess I was thinking it was a bit odd to buy it specifically for this wedding now, you know? I definitely wear formal dresses for years at a time, but unless I had another event where I needed this long gown I’d probably wait to shop for it. No judgment, though, and I love the dress she chose!
Post # 15
You’re right, it definitely needs a hem, this was just in the dressing room at the store before I bought it!
I brightened the color for the picture because you can’t see a whole lot of detail otherwise; it’s actually a very dark navy color in person, and I know the bride’s colors are a much lighter blue and purple. I think I’ll be okay!
In most other situations, I would, but I’m not really friends with her at all, and since my fiancé is a Marine, we don’t see his family all that often, so I’d feel a little awkward asking.
Oh god, that’s awful! Hahaha I can’t imagine seeing someone in shorts, jeans, or sweats at a wedding!
Is it really that inappropriate to wear a long dress to anything other than “black tie” formal?
Yeah, I’ve never really heard that either haha but I guess I kind of get it? Kind of? Maybe? I don’t know. I won’t care if anyone comes to my wedding in my wedding colors, especially since one of my colors is navy, and that’s a super popular color for dresses! Thanks for your comment and your suggestions for accessories! I definitely agree that it’s something that can be dressed up or down!