(Closed) Wedding attire etiquette

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Don’t dress like the BMs!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

If the invitation doesn’t specify a “casual” dress code – leave the jeans and t-shirts at home!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Don’t dress like you’re going to a club…or walking a beat!

Make sure the girls aren’t hanging out!

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

The best way to guarantee you won’t look like a Bridesmaid or Best Man is to wear a print. I also avoid wearing black, a colorful guest makes for more vibrant pictures

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

I disagree on avoiding black at weddings.  For a formal evening wedding it’s often your best bet.  I would say people need to really focus on what’s appropriate for the time and setting of the specific wedding, rather than just picking out a dress that they like to wear.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

  • Another way to avoid dressing in the same colour as a Bridesmaid or Best Man – use the invitation as a guide. The colour scheme of the invite ‘usually’ has the Bridesmaid or Best Man dress colour in it!
  • Feel free to wear black to an evening wedding as long as it isn’t against the bride and grooms culture.
  • Wear a tea length or cocktail length dress unless the invite states “Black tie or Black tie preferred” this will prevent you from looking more formal than the wedding party.
  • Bring a pashmina or bolero just in case it is respectable in the bride and grooms church to have your shoulders covered.

 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I see nothing wrong with wearing black either!

If you know that the wedding or the reception will be outdoors go prepared! A nice wrap or cardigan can make a huge difference if the weather is cooler. Likewise if it is extremely warm do not wear fabrics that are heavy and don’t breathe. Also a garden wedding is not the time to break out your stilletos.

 

 

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

For the record I didn’t say there was anything “wrong” with wearing black. I personally think its everyones fall back color because its easy and I try to avoid it.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I say that if the invite does not say casual, and it is not on the beach, guys should wear a suit.

I also think you need to dress appropriately for the ceremony. I was at a wedding this weekend where people wore shorts and flip flops to the daytime church ceremony and I guess changed for the formal reception. I thought it was pretty disrespectful.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I say as a female wedding guest, always have a flattering cocktail dress in a neutral color handy, just in case. Consider the season and formality of the invitation, if the dress code isn’t indicated then go with your cocktail dress. A cocktail dress in a dark color can also pass for black-tie events if need be.

For men, if a dress code isn’t indicated wear some kind of suit and tie or at least jacket and tie. If it’s summer time, it can be a light colored suit.

If the dress code says “Casual” or “Beach Casual” I would still wear maybe a less formal cocktail dress. I honestly don’t think you can ever be too dressy for a wedding.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

-no flip flops
-no hats (men)
-no overly revealing clothing!!!
-no jeans, t-shirts
-shirt and tie AT LEAST for men – preferably suit unless otherwise stated
-something age appropriate

Post # 14
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Busy Beekeeper

For men:  wear a suit and tie

For ladies: wear a fancy dress and shoes

Look like you put some thought into your outfit and didn’t just pull out the first think you saw in your closet that day!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I wore black to an evening wedding last year… and it turned out to be the bridesmaid color!!?!!? The invitations were pink and silver, the groomsmen were wearing a silver vest and tie, so I assumed the ladies would be in pink… Yikes!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would say even if the wedding attire was listed as casual jeans and t-shirt’s aren’t acceptable. And don’t show up looking like a stripper, a dress that looks like a tube top is never appropriate…

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