(Closed) Wedding guest dress when the bridesmaids are wearing black

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
3723 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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ChrissyMary9515:  I would wear your LBD. No one gets to call dibs on black. Dibs on periwinkle? Perhaps. Black? Hell no.

Post # 3
193 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

Maybe wear your black dress with a bright coloured cardigan or belt – something to break it up? 

Post # 4
4496 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Yeah, I would def just wear the LBD. I’m sure it’s a totally different style from the BMs’ dresses, and as PP said, it’s not like it’s some obscure color–it’s black! I bet lots of folks will be in black. 

Post # 5
562 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Wear your black dress. I wore a blue dress to a wedding where the BM’s wore blue – pretty much the same shade of blue, too. No one seemed to care. The bride certainly didn’t. 

Post # 6
47419 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would not change your choice of dress as a guest just because the BM’s are wearing black. Chances are 1 in a million that they will be even remotely similar.

Post # 7
59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

As long as you’re not wearing white/ivory (or color of bride), I say you wear whatever you want 🙂


Also, if it was important to the bride to not wear the same colors, she would have stated it in her invitation under the dress code!

  • This reply was modified 6 years, 2 months ago by Jessica4365.
Post # 8
367 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Squaw Valley

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ChrissyMary9515:  I’d say you can totally wear your LBD!  My bridesmaids wore black & I had no issue with anyone else wearing black as well.  I had a couple of people ask before hand if it was  ok & I told them they could of course wear black.

Post # 9
220 posts
Helper bee

You can definitely wear an LBD.  If you’re conscious about the BMs, just accessorize with a different colour – hot pink, coral, red, or nude – clutch and sandals/shoes and maybe a hair accessory as well.

Post # 10
991 posts
Busy bee

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ChrissyMary9515:  I can tell you that I showed up to a wedding once wearing the exact same shade of blue as the bridesmaids. (I was attending as a guest, so I didn’t even know the bride and had no clue what the wedding colors were…the invitations were plain black & white) I was embarassed for about 2 seconds and then I got over it. I doubt anyone else even noticed…the my dress was short and structured, theirs were long and flowy. When the color is something as common as black, it’s probably even less of a deal. Wear what you want

Post # 11
2091 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

How does the average guest know what color the bridesmaids are wearing? I think you should wear what you own and be comfortable in it. If you’re worried about matching the girls too much just accessorize with some bright colored jewelry. I’m sure you’ll look great!

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