April 7, 2014

Top 5 Wedding No-No's - What NOT to Wear!

April 7, 2014
As wedding season has arrived, the shops are packed with floral prints and summery dresses, but what dress styles and colors are suitable for guests to wear to weddings? Here are five of the most common wedding dress guest mistakes women make when choosing a wedding outfit.

MISTAKE #1: WEARING WHITE

A lot of people think that this is an old-fashioned, old-school rule. Maybe the bride is super cool and doesn't care one bit. But wearing a white dress to a wedding can rub a lot of people the wrong way. Truthfully, the most obvious mistake female wedding guests make is wearing white. In fact, anything that looks remotely bridal is out of bounds to avoid offending the bride. It's never a good idea to wear anything that could conceivably be mistaken for a wedding dress. 

Some say it is okay, however, according to Martha Stewart Weddings, “If you do show up in white, you’re not technically doing anything wrong, but people might talk and you’ll be known as “the girl who wore white at so-and-so’s wedding.” It’s just not worth it. Let the big day be about the guest of honor — the bride — and save your white dress for a special occasion that doesn’t involve vows.” So with that being said, I think you shouldn’t wear all white. Because believe me, even if you look your best in white, you won't care what color you're wearing when she's staring daggers into your eyes instead of saying "I do." Exceptions to the rule are white dresses with bold colored patterns. 
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MISTAKE #2: WEARING RED 

The truth is that there's really nothing wrong with wearing a red dress to a wedding. The real underlying issue with red is that it draws the eye, BIG time. And if there is only one bright red dress among a sea of pastel shades, it will stand out like a sore thumb on the group photos. To avoid stealing the show, I'd suggest avoiding red all together. Especially if the dress color could be described as "fire engine red." Bright red is just too loud and distracting. Deep cranberry is a good alternative.

MISTAKE #3: IGNORING THE INVITATION DRESS CODE 

A common wedding dress guest mistake is failing to check the invitation dress code to see which style of outfit is appropriate. For a black tie dress code an evening gown or cocktail dress is expected, for a white tie dress code nothing but a ball gown will suffice, and for a lounge suit dress code a daytime summer dress, a skirt and top or a light suit is required. If there is no dress code on the invitation, a colorful summer dress is usually a safe bet. Dress codes should be paid attention to. Believe me, you don't want to feel out of place. Nothing could feel more awkward. 

MISTAKE #4: DRESSING LIKE THE BRIDESMAIDS 

Wedding guest outfits shouldn’t look too much like the bridesmaids’ dresses. Some guests make the effort to find out the wedding color scheme and choose a coordinating dress, which is a great idea. Wearing an identical dress to the bridesmaids, however, can give the impression of being offended at not being asked to be one. Of course coincidences happen and sometimes guests will unknowingly turn up in the same color as the bridesmaids, which can’t be helped.

MISTAKE #5: WEARING INAPPROPRIATE ATTIRE 

A wedding is a classy occasion. Don’t cheapen it by wearing what you wore to the bachelorette party or the club the night before. Even though the reception will likely feature dancing and single cuties, it's not the time or the place for tiny clothes that hug every curve. Skimpy clothes fall into the bachelorette party dress code. Believe me, no one needs to see your upper thigh or your cleavage hanging out. Seriously, guys. It's just not a good look.

So there you have it! My top 5 wedding No-No's when it comes to wedding attire for guests! I know there are a few exceptions to this rule. For instance, different cultures have different traditions when it comes to white and red. But generally speaking, these rules will keep you safe when you are on trying to decide what to wear (and not to wear) to your next wedding! Looking to avoid the most common mistakes when it comes to wedding colors? Well, if you liked this article, then you'll probably love my article entitled, "Top 5 Wedding Color Mistakes and Ways to Avoid them." - An excellent read for anyone planning a wedding.

17 comments:

Krisstin | On the Go Bride said...

Great post! I never thought about red as being a very stand out color against a pastel or more neutral wedding.

Taylor Greggory said...

Awesome post! I never had considered some of these. I especially like the "don't dress like the bridesmaids" rule. Sadly, I've seen this done a few times and it's just silly looking.

Alaina Miles said...

Great article. love the tip about not wearing white. I'm a traditionalist and no matter how "okay" it might be to some, I just will never understand it when I see someone try to get away with wearing white to a wedding. Total faux pas.

mamalew27 said...

A young man at my daughter's wedding wore a dark t-shirt under his sport jacket and proceeded to take the jacket off.
But his date was a bridesmaid and he sat with her at the head table and I think it did not look very appropriate, esp. in the resulting professional photos!

Lovely Little Bride said...

Awesome tips. I've seen so many of these rules broken and let me tell you - it's never pretty!

Jessa Wright said...

Really like #5 - It's SO true! Skimpy clothes just don't belong at a wedding.

Storm {ConfettiDaydreams.com} said...

So funny, I have almost rocked up looking like a bridesmaid because I was unintentionally wearing the same colour dress. What a noob I felt like! Won't do that again x

Sara Burnett said...

Such a fab post!

Emma Watson said...

Awesome post! These are such helpful tips. Passing this along for sure =)

RoRo said...

Yeah I had someone show up wearing a long white STAINED prom dress and then take off with my flowers pre-ceremony for her own selfie shoot! Crazy! I couldn't believe it when I saw the pictures on facebook. All I knew was she was wearing white and I was mad. I didn't know she had anything to do with my flowers disapearing pre-ceremony though!

Stephanie (Fab You Bliss) said...

Such a great post. #3 is always a big one.

Erika {Borrowed&Bleu} said...

I hate seeing inappropriate attire - very low cut tops and super short skirts just come off as trashy at a wedding.

Alecia Gonzalez said...

My mother in law wore a red dress with a hoop skirt and a red hat with a veil.

Joc said...

I had a guest at my wedding break both rule numbers 1 and 5: a skin tight, super short, ALL white dress. It was a guy friend's guest and she just so happens to also be a star dancing in my wedding video. Even almost 2 years later I get sad/angry thinking about it. I had never met her and will never see her again as this friend no longer sees her. What on earth makes people think wearing something like that to a wedding of people you don't know okay?!??? I can honestly say it made an impact on my day and I'll only ever think of her as "the girl who wore white to my wedding". THINK before you dress for a wedding please!!!

Nancy said...

I'm getting married in September, last weekend my soon-to-be mother in law showed me the dress she was planning to wear. It breaks rules #1 and #5, and when I told her that the dress was white, she says no, it's beige! The dress is cream coloured and has holes in the belly area! My sister said she would "accidentally" spill red wine on her if she wore it!;)

Jennifer said...

And it's posts like this that are the reason I have EVERYONE calling me asking me what to wear to my wedding in the fall ... I don't care, wear what you want and let me get back to worrying about the rest of the wedding.

Anna Rivas said...

Thanks for the post :) I know never to wear white but I never knew you can't wear red. I wanted my bridesmaids to wear red but I'll change it to pink

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