Seven Things a Wedding Guest Should Never Wear

If you’re a wedding guest, this one’s for you! The happy couple have made the effort to invite you to the best day of their life, so please make the effort and dress accordingly. Here are seven things that you should never wear to a wedding…

wedding garden marquee Seven Things a Wedding Guest Should Never WearCredit: Sarah Morris Photography

Seven Things a Wedding Guest Should Never Wear

White or Ivory

wedding guest wearing white Seven Things a Wedding Guest Should Never WearCredit: Ian Whitington

This is probably the most important rule. Do not, we repeat, do not wear a white or cream coloured dress.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve just come back from the Caribbean[1] and have the most fabulous tan ever and the perfect white dress to show it off; this shade really is off limits. Instead wear something in a colour and leave the whites to the bride. We asked our Facebook brides about this and they almost all agreed that white for a guest is a complete no-go. However, one bride said she wouldn’t mind a guest wearing white – as long as the dress wasn’t long and lacy. We think she might be in the minority here.

Anything but Black

Wedding guests wearing black Seven Things a Wedding Guest Should Never WearCredit: Rob Sanderson Photography

You really shouldn’t turn up to the ceremony in a black dress. If you don’t suit pastels, then go for a number in a striking emerald or scarlet. Grey is okay, or a dark navy but black really shouldn’t be worn to a wedding. It’s also considered unlucky and you wouldn’t want to be a bad omen, would you?

Proud not Loud

wedding party from above Seven Things a Wedding Guest Should Never WearCredit: Nicole Photography

The bride and groom should be the focus of attention[2] on their big day. That’s not to say you shouldn’t look your best and dress up for the occasion but you need to blend in, so that means not turning up in anything loud and garish.

Sparkly Tiaras

If you’re married yourself, you may have a tiara[3] carefully wrapped up in tissue paper somewhere that you’re just dying to wear again. Well, forget it and keep your sparkly headpiece for when you’re going to a smart ball or being presented to HM The Queen or something. Have a great updo instead if it’s an elegant evening event – you can always wear a sparkly diamante clip or accessory in your hair.

No Jeans and T-shirts

wedding guests in jeans on a rodeo bull Seven Things a Wedding Guest Should Never WearCredit: Ali Lovegrove Photography

Remember, you’re going to a wedding where the bride and groom will have invested a lot of time and money[4] in getting the day just right. So don’t come in anything too informal.

Make an effort. So no jeans, trainers, tracksuits – no matter how comfortable you like to feel. The same also goes for children, too. One of our brides was very upset when a young relative turned up in shorts and a t-shirt – she said it ruined the wedding photographs.

Dress for the Occasion

On the other hand, you don’t want to be too formal either. If the wedding has a country-style theme[5] and it’s in a barn where you’re going to be sitting on haybales, then a silk coat dress with matching hat and Jimmy Choos is probably a bit too much. Match your outfit to the occasion. In fact, one bride told us that she’d banned hats at her wedding. She didn’t want the guests’ view in church to be obscured by a big fancy hat!

It’s a Wedding, not a Night out

group of wedding guests outdoors Seven Things a Wedding Guest Should Never WearCredit: Marriage Is The Bomb

Even if you’ve spent the last six months in the gym, you’ve lost a ton of weight or you’ve got a great pair of legs and want to show them off, you really shouldn’t wear anything skimpy to a wedding. So, no hot pants, no super-short minis and no bras on display.

Guests should dress for weddings in an outfit that’s going to add to the occasion in a positive way. Of course you should wear something that’s going to make you feel good and flatter – a wedding is an opportunity to dress up and look wonderful[6].

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