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Wearing white to a wedding.

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dilbert19912 Sat 01-Aug-15 16:22:18

Is it bad etiquette for a guest to wear white at a wedding?
Bride is wearing an ivory dress.
I have chosen a white skirt but not sure now... thoughts on this anyone?

PurpleSwift Sat 01-Aug-15 16:23:27

All white, yes.
A white skirt I probably wouldn't even notice

Mulligrubs Sat 01-Aug-15 16:25:47

A white dress is a definite no no, a white skirt maybe, depends on the length and the colours worn with it IMO

LilyMayViolet Sat 01-Aug-15 16:26:43

I just wouldn't. It's pretty much the only colour you need to avoid!

PHANTOMnamechanger Sat 01-Aug-15 16:29:15

what colour top and accessories? and is the skirt quite plain? (or does it have a long lacey train wink grin )

StillStayingClassySanDiego Sat 01-Aug-15 16:30:34

Well I wouldn't wear all white as I'm the sort who would spill something on my dress and look a right pillock.

As far as etiquette goes I think all white is frowned upon; as if one might be trying to upstage the Bride.

If I was the Bride I wouldn't give a hoot what you were wearing but that's me.

Fairyliz Sat 01-Aug-15 16:31:20

No no no. There are lots of colours you could wear so why choose the one that is traditionally for the bride? Yes I know shes wearing ivory but thats almost white!

dilbert19912 Sat 01-Aug-15 16:33:15

If I go ahead with the white it will be with a coral jacket and cami and coral shoes and bag, I say coral but they're very light coral.
the short is just below the knee and not bride like smile

dilbert19912 Sat 01-Aug-15 16:33:51


PHANTOMnamechanger Sat 01-Aug-15 16:34:12

If you were part of the bridal pary, a close relative, then no to wearing long lacey or beaded white or ivory dress that could be mistaken for a wedding dress.

If you are one of the grooms exes then NO NO NO!

StillStayingClassySanDiego Sat 01-Aug-15 16:34:42

If you're wearing coral top , jacket and shoes that's fine, no one can pull their face at that.

PHANTOMnamechanger Sat 01-Aug-15 16:35:06

TBH that sounds fine OP

DonkeyOaty Sat 01-Aug-15 16:40:01

Sounds fine

A white skirt with a white lacy top might be de trop

Mulligrubs Sat 01-Aug-15 16:45:53

At that length and with coral it sounds fine to me!

dilbert19912 Sat 01-Aug-15 16:59:22

Thanks guys I have just ordered the white and will decide fully when I've tried it on together smile

Rainbunny Sat 01-Aug-15 21:25:19

No I think partial white is fine. I was recently a bridesmaid in a wedding where a guest turned up in an all white cocktail dress and white shoes along with her toddler child (this was a child-free wedding). The bride had never met this guest or her husband ever before, turns out the mil had invited them. The child proceeded to scream non-stop throughout the speeches (somewhat understandable...) and the parents did nothing whatsoever, this went on for 45 minutes. This wedding guest is pretty infamous amongst our friends now and has been the source of many jokes/fb jokes/instagram jokes ever since.

But don't worry, you sound fine. I just wanted to share my wedding story really ;)

mmgirish Sat 01-Aug-15 22:40:53

I wouldn't.

Birdsgottafly Sat 01-Aug-15 22:56:18

If your buying it new, for the occasion, then you shouldn't really be choosing white.

There's been enough choice, in the sales, even if funds are tight.

CherryGarcia1 Sat 01-Aug-15 23:06:26

Wear what you like OP! The bride shall be too busy having the best day of her life to notice what colour skirt you are wearing.

Fwiw my very traditional and Irish mother wore a white skirt to a wedding recently, so I guess times are definitely changing!
Have a lovely day OP

cantbelieveimonhere Sat 01-Aug-15 23:09:06

It is rude to wear white or dress with a train to another woman's wedding.

Iwasbornin1993 Sun 02-Aug-15 00:07:43

Sorry, OP, I wouldn't. Just not worth the hassle.

howtorebuild Sun 02-Aug-15 00:09:03

I wouldn't.

dilbert19912 Sun 02-Aug-15 00:48:36

My outfit will look nothing like a bride though, I'm going to make a final decision when Ive got it on.

wtffgs Sun 02-Aug-15 00:56:07

I personally don't see the issue but MN law dictates you will be hung, drawn and quartered at dawn for even considering such a concept - so... y'know... say your farewells now! wink

Queenbean Sun 02-Aug-15 00:59:10

The outfit you've described sounds fine. Because if that was a full dress with just a white part, it would be absolutely fine

White in general though = no

You don't want to be the person who everyone is gossiping about!

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