(Closed) Wedding Guest- When to wear a long dress vs short

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

if the wedding is formal or black-tie, you wear a long dress.

semi-formal is a cocktail dress, short dress.

 

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Also evening is more formal than afternoon, and I would count 4 as evening because the reception is during dinner time.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

A nice short dress is appropriate at any wedding unless it states black tie.

Post # 6
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Newbee

4 PM sounds more like an evening wedding as it’ll be evening by the time the reception comes, but my general rule of thumb is that it’s better to be a little too dressed up rather than underdressed. I realize the abundance of more casual weddings these days, but anytime I hear “wedding” I just automatically think “time to dress up!” 😛

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I’d say a short elegant dress would be perfect, unless black tie/formal is specified, then you need to go long.

To clarify based entirely on my own opinion and personal preferences 😉

By short I mean knee length to mid calf.  (I’ve been to too many weddings where short has been, well, misinterpreted to night club wear)

By elegant I mean something suitable for a classy evening. e.g. Pale sundresses would probably look out of place.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Unless it states “black tie”, I always go with knee length elegant dress with nice accessories, fancy shawl, and heels.

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