Wedding guest – is this dress appropriate as a guest of a friends wedding?

posted 3 years ago in Guests
Post # 2
118 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: Gloucestershire, UK

It really depends on the vibe of the wedding. Laid back garden affair? You’ll probably feel and look over dressed. Classic wedding/evening wedding on the formal side? You’ll fit right in. 


I’d probably stick with the mint green over the blush/gold – as blush/gold wedding gowns are very in. Just in case the bride isn’t wearing ivory, and because they style of the dress could potentially be quite bridal. 

Post # 3
106 posts
Blushing bee

Hello! I suppose the dress is a bit ‘bridesmaid-ish’ but whether it’s appropriate kinda depends on whether the wedding is very formal or more of a cocktail event instead, and also the ethnicity or cultural background of the bride and groom! For example, my family is European and those who opt for the traditional route tend to have very flashy and formal weddings.

I also work in a ladies clothing store and we sell lots of dresses to people who are attending weddings, but most people go for knee length or calf length (midi) dresses. The only other considerations to keep in mind are: are either of these colours (blush or mint) the same as what the bridesmaids are wearing? And most importantly: will you be comfortable dancing in it (if dancing is your thing)? Now remember, this is just my humble input. You can never really be overdressed for a wedding! 

Post # 4
473 posts
Helper bee

mehhem :  Is it a black tie/formal wedding? If it is then I’d say yes, the dress is okay. If it isn’t, then I wouldn’t wear it. It’s very pretty, but quite formal looking. You don’t want to be overdressed.

Post # 5
13701 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think the blush color is too bridal/bridesmaid-ish, which is not appropriate.   The mint green would be lovely for a formal wedding, but too formal for most other events.

Post # 6
4231 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

It’s very formal, but very pretty!

My best advice would be to ask the groom or bride. When I got married I had a few guests ask me what I thought would be appropriate…it’s really not a big deal 🙂

Post # 7
129 posts
Blushing bee

 The mint green would be perfect for a formal wedding event. The blush/gold definitely has a bridesmaid feel to it. 

Post # 8
27 posts
  • Wedding: August 2017

They look like Bridesmaid dresses to me. If it’s a black tie affair and it’s not one of their wedding colors, you’d probably be fine. 

Post # 9
2668 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

It really depends on how fancy an event it is. A guest should never outshine the bride. My wedding dress, for example, is all white cotton, it has embroidery but not shiny or sparkly so it would be inappropriate for a guest to arrive wearing something glittery, because then they would be more fancy than me.

Post # 10
663 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Totally depends on the crowd. I’ve been to church weddings where guests wore jeans and denim jackets together 😮. I personally have never been to a wedding where a guest wore a full length gown…but I wish people would dress up this nice for my own wedding lol

Post # 11
181 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

nykkee :  just out of curiosity, what is the vibe of your wedding? Venue, time of day, etc? And how will your guests know your dress’s level of formality? While I get what you’re saying, unless the theme and tone of your wedding also make it very clear that your wedding isn’t a “sparkle” appropriate affair, I don’t think it’s fair to pin it on guests who may show up wearing something you deem more flashy than your own gown. But I also think this is a risk you take going with a cotton, more low key dress design. If anyone does show up in a more formal or fancy dress as a guest, I’m sure they’re not necessarily meaning to out-do you. 

Post # 12
2668 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

witchypoo13 :  my wedding will be in my backyard, in may and late afternoon, bbq/potluck reception with bonfires. The vibe?  Hmmm, how to describe that……pagan rustic vintage maybe? I like the phrase “scavanged romance” but I think that only makes sense to me, due to how I did my planning. I fully intend to put a note about it sensible footwear, because our yard itself is rustic, and may even put “dress code: comfortable cotton” or something. I’m also only sending out about 15 invitations so speaking to people about it directly isn’t out of the question. Realistically with what my wedding will be if someone did show up in heels and sequins they would just look silly and they wou.d be very uncomfortable and unhappy trying to walk around like that.

Post # 13
9568 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

gorgeous dresses.

As PPs said, how appropriate they are depends on the vibe.

Post # 14
47 posts

I don’t think it’s appropriate because of how low cut it is.

Post # 15
6841 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

What time and where is the wedding? I’d say this is good for a formal event, but otherwise it’s a bit much. 

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