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Dress Code Etiquette For Weddings

Dear Sugar
I have a really cute cream colored cocktail dress that I'd like to wear to a wedding. I've read somewhere that guests should not wear white out of respect for the bride. But is cream/yellowish white too close to white for
me to wear? Anxious Attendee

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Dear Anxious Attendee
If you are really concerned about it and you are afraid that you are going to feel uncomfortable - don't wear the dress. But since it's a creamy/yellowy color, and it's not long, makes it OK. It would be different if it were very formal. Then it may resemble a bridal gown - and that's not OK.

In the past, I've gotten the bride's approval if I was unsure about a light colored dress. Are you close enough to her to send her a picture or to stop by?

You just have to remember that this is her 15 minutes of fame and you don't want to do anything to detract from it.

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Padraigin Padraigin 10 years
Just ask the bride if you can. I really doubt she'd mind. It's kind of hard to detract from the brider since she's the one with the veil, the attendants, the special table, etc.
Luna13 Luna13 10 years
OH SHIT does that make a bad person?? I wore a cream color long dress to my cousins wedding, and i was the maid of honor!! dam it!
ethiopian_princess ethiopian_princess 10 years
not just a b---h. i've seen some of the sweetest women turn into satan incarnate around wedding time. really, save your time the energy if she's a friend and just wear something else. if you don't like her, well, i suggest you go with a super white dress with a slit up the side with red fish net thigh-highs. feel free to accessorize with tiara, train and a bouquet of flowers.
GolferGirl GolferGirl 10 years
I've worn a black, semi slutty dress to a wedding b4 and it didn't take away from the bride. Frankly between all the photos she'll be posing for, cutting the cake, daddy dance, etc. you & she prob won't be seen together so it won't matter. If you look good in it, wear it.
caligirl1201 caligirl1201 10 years
If the bride is a bitch and you're just going out of obligation buy a strapless sexy red dress and outdo the hell out of the bride. If you like her and want her to have a happy day, wear a coral or seaside color dress with modest accessories. Either way you don't have to look frumpy
FrugalFranny FrugalFranny 10 years
I was always told that black is for funerals, so I don't wear it to weddings. There are sooo many other colours to try anyway.
JennyJen2 JennyJen2 10 years
I think as long as the mother of the bride or groom are not in black that it is acceptable!
malibu-stacey malibu-stacey 10 years
i always feel weird wearing black to weddings, but i live in it too, caroline! is it kinda funeral-esque to wear black to a wedding?
sweet-caroline sweet-caroline 10 years
i wish i was thin enough to wear a white dress. i live in black
e.b e.b 10 years
I wouldn't do it. If your questioning it now and feeling uncomfortable about it you're better off ditching it. You don't want to come off unsure of it at the wedding, you won't have as much fun. So just pick another dress and have a good time!
ethiopian_princess ethiopian_princess 10 years
i'm with imcurly. ditch the dress. just wear a teddy and 4" stillettos...all in white.
famusfoxyleo famusfoxyleo 10 years
ImCurly - I know you WOULD! LOL!
TruJrzyGirl TruJrzyGirl 10 years
Dress scandalous, you'll be sure to be the talk of the town for weeks ! Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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