Especially in these days of social media, when everything is documented, you want to be appropriately dressed for any occasion. You also may not want to wear the same thing over and over again, for fear of people thinking you have but one outfit. #Terry’slife. If you do choose to wear the same dress, you can change it up with different accessories. #options. I have always thought that was important, hence one of my first blogs The History of the Fashion Journal, in which I explain why I journal what I wear, so I’m not always wearing the same thing with the same crowd. #savvyblogger
Here are five of the most common wedding dress guest mistakes women make when choosing a wedding outfit. Courtesy of The Perfect Palette (www.theperfectpalette.com).
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.
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.
This dress would be fabulous and give you that pop of color! I’m not sure I agree with not wearing red, btw. Neither does the picture below, from The Dress Code.
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.
I love this dress! I also live by the rule it’s better to be overdressed, than under-dressed.
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.
You can never go wrong with your LBD.
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. It’s just not a good look.
One rule, that isn’t mentioned here, “It’s better to be overdressed than under-dressed”. That rule applies to most occasions and it’s a rule that I happen to abide by.
And more “decoding”
So there you have it! The 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!
Great wedding guest dress ideas
🙂 I just thought this was Precious!
his is appropriate, since it’s actually Snowing today, in Chicago!
I love, love, love animal print shoes with a black dress.
More good winter options!
One side note here… spikey heels are never good on grass. When I know I’m going to be walking on grass, I always wear a chunkier heel, so I don’t sink into the ground.
My friend, D, would rock this dress!
One of my favorites, here. I love yellow dresses.
This is my option #1. Different shoes. I’m thinking High-heeled, red patent leather peep toe pumps.
This is my option #2. Similar shoes. No Tattoo. 🙂
Top 20 Most Requested Wedding Dance Songs of 2014
20. “Billie Jean” – Michael Jackson
19. “Thrift Shop” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Feat. Wanz
18. “Yeah” – Usher Feat. Ludacris & Lil’ Jon
17. “Twist and Shout” – The Beatles
16. “Pour Some Sugar On Me” – Def Leppard
15. “Wobble” – VIC
14. “Call Me Maybe” – Carly Rae Jepsen
13. “Moves Like Jagger” – Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera
12. “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” – Beyonce
11. “Love Shack” – B-52’s
10. “Sweet Caroline” – Neil Diamond
9. “Cha Cha Slide” – DJ Casper
8. “Gangnam Style” – Psy
7. “Brown Eyed Girl” – Van Morrison
6. “You Shook Me All Night Long” – AC/D
5. “Livin’ On A Prayer” – Bon Jovi
4. “Sexy And I Know It” – LMFAO
3. “I Gotta Feeling” – Black Eyed Peas
2. “Cupid Shuffle” – Cupid
1. “Don’t Stop Believin’” – Journey
And so the #1 most requested wedding song of 2014, will be today’s Song of the Day:
Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey
Some will win
Some will lose
Some were born to sing the blues
Oh, the movie never ends
It goes on and on and on and on
So, my best memory from the song, Don’t Stop Believing… It was 2010, and Kev, Patrick and I were at the Giants game, where we thought they were going to clinch to go to the world series. So, 7th inning stretch and instead of “Take me out to the Ballgame” as we do at a Cubs game, they started playing, “Don’t Stop Believing”. The Entire crowd started to sing, and they flashed to a picture of a man from a skybox, signing out to the crowd. Kevin asked who it was, and I said, “Steve Perry from Journey”. He was like, “no way”. Way! It was Steven Perry, and we sang that song, at the top of our lungs, with the 40,000+ other fans, for 3 minutes. The Giants lost that game, but it was one of my all time favorite memories!
Pre-gaming…when I sent this pic to Joe, he said, “slumming with Franciscan”? Yeah, maybe. 🙂
This pic was from 2010, not last weekend. AT&T Ballpark in San Francisco, is my all-time favorite ballpark…yes, I love it more than Wrigley Field. They serve Stella and Napa Valley wines. What’s not to love? ❤
Looking forward to Ronnie and Jon’s nuptials. Pictures to follow no doubt. #RonJon2014. And, a Very Happy Birthday Jay! Sorry to miss the soiree this weekend…but we’re gonna be busy dancing at the wedding of the year and eating lobster rolls! So glad we could spend time with you last week. 🙂
Way to Go San Francisco Giants! At least one of my baseball teams, sees some post-season play, and goes on to win the World Series. #OctoberTogether. On a little side note, I love #ChevyGuy #TechnologyandStuff. I also love that GM has gotten behind the Rikk Wilde, who had an unfortunate, awkward, and super nervous appearance presenting the MVP award to Madison Baumgarner. Who hasn’t flubbed up when speaking, let alone speaking in front of a crowd? Most of us, probably aren’t doing it in front of millions, either, which as he showed, was obviously terrifying. So Hats off to GM, for having Rikk Wilde’s back, by tweeting, “He was on message. The truck has technology and stuff. We will use that term and stuff.” For the full story, Technology and Stuff
Happy Halloween…Murphy is dressing up as a “LineBarker”. Brian Urlacher should watch his bark. 🙂