(Closed) Questions about attending a wedding as a guest.

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
1104 posts
Bumble bee

I think wearing black to weddings is getting pretty common now, especially if you pair it with a colourful cardigan or scarf or something I think that would be fine. I have never worn pants to a wedding but I guess some women do, I think most of us like the chance to dress up a bit! If the venue is upscale I’d probably wear a dress. Just sit somewhere towards the back – definitely not the first couple of rows but don’t stress too much. Also, you are expected to entertain yourself in that gap between ceremony and reception. If you know other people attending there might be a trip to the pub or a nearby bar. But Darling Husband and I have been known to do our grocery shopping in that gap 🙂

Post # 5
247 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011 - The Viceroy

Some people stay away from black for weddings, but that’s becoming pretty outdated–I see guests in black at every wedding I go to, and I’d be comfortable wearing black as well.  Just don’t wear all white/ivory ;).  Also you can wear pants, but I think a dress might be better.  

As long as you don’t sit in the first few rows you will be fine.

If they are having an appetizer & dessert reception I’d probably use the in-between time to get some food!

Have fun!

Post # 6
1104 posts
Bumble bee

@PixelmePretty – not sure what you mean but we left the church, drove to the store, did the shopping, dropped it at home, watched some TV, then went to the reception. It was a 3 or 4 hour gap from memory. If it hadn’t been in our home town I guess we would have gone to find some dinner (since you aren’t getting any at the reception), or just back to the hotel. I am not a fan of gaps at all, but sometimes they are unavoidable!

Post # 7
1315 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@mountainbride- wow that was a long gap! I’ll be having a 2 hour gap at mine, which includes a twenty min drive, few drinkies with guests, and one hour tops for pics.

OP – I def agree if it’s a dessert etc reception, use the gap to go find yourself some kind of a dinner!

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