Red dress for a wedding?

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2017

I think red is fine.  What I would be concerned with is the length or lack there of with this particular dress.  Me personally, I’d go with something a little longer for a formal affair.

Post # 3
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471 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

Looks fine. If you’re really worried you could ask the brides what the colours are.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

j9marie :  Eh, models are tall.  I’m sure on a normal sized person the length would be fine.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Red is fine, the color really isn’t an issue. However, you state it is a formal wedding, and the dress length of this is very short. It looks like something that would be good for a date night or dance, but not for a formal event. Formal events typically call for longer dress length.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

It depends.  Our standards today?  Red is fine.  A couple of generations ago?  Red was certainly not fine.  Are there likely to be a lot of older guests?  Be aware that they may judge you harshly.  Grandparents tend to come to weddings, as do great aunts.  I was a Bridesmaid or Best Man in my brother’s wedding and the colors were red and just mentioning that at the library where I worked at the time got appalled responses from older librarians, one of whom gathered her composure and hastily assured me that they knew I was of good character.

I mean, it’s probably of no account to you whatsoever if the bride’s great aunts scoff at you.  But it could happen, regardless of whether or not you decide to care about it.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

Red is fine, though I agree with other PPs: the dress is not formal enough.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee

I’ve never heard of not wearing red to a wedding. Where does that come from? That dress is adorable, I say wear it. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee

I think the dress is super cute and red is fine for a wedding. It’s also totally in – went to a wedding last weekend where it was definitely the common color. I’ve never heard of it being inappropriate and am fascinated – is it a scarlet letter type thing?

HOWEVER, I don’t think that dress is formal. Even if the model is tall so the skirt will hit you lower, it doesn’t hit quite the right formal note, for me at least. I think it’s the short flippy skirt that does it.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

formal wedding, or black tie?

Either way, that dress is NOT formal. Red is fine, but I think even on an average height person, it would be too low cut and too short. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

thatgirlelle :  It comes from the same era that says you can’t wear black at a wedding or white after Labor Day.  If you look it up, all you find are objections saying the old “don’t wear red” rule is silly and not to be acknowledged anymore.  And I think most folks under 70 wouldn’t bat an eyelash.

But hey, I know I was stunned the first time someone had a fit of the vapors when I mentioned wearing red to a wedding, so I always like to give a heads up that there might be a “That One Old Lady” there. 🙂  I’ve seen justifications ranging from it’s too vampy to it’s too attention-grabbing.  Who knows?

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

The dress if fine for a casual or afternoon wedding. It won’t work for a formal wedding.

On the color, I love red, but a lot of ‘rules’ are about dressing at a wedding are about not upstaging the bride and groom. So, a lot of guest attire tends to be less flashy, classic, and less eye-catching. Red is very eye-catching and could be felt to distract from the bride.

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