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It’s Wedding Season: Here’s What Not to Wear to a Wedding

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dress: Mohito; bag: AliExpress

Wedding season is here. I attended a wedding at the end of June for the first time in my adult life. It was fun, classy and I wore the wrong colour. Now, that was because I was told that the theme is red and blue at the day of the wedding. It’s a good thing that my hair is red, right?

As I saw quite a few other weddings at the day, and quite a few people wearing totally inappropriate things, I decided that it would be useful to talk about what’s appropriate and what’s not at a wedding. Now, I am no expert, but there are just a few things that just shouldn’t be done and worn at a wedding. Here it goes.

Don’t show up in white if you are not the bride. It is just insulting. Let her have her day! Any type of white is off limits at a wedding unless the bride specifically requested you to be in white, which I highly doubt would ever happen. Pastels are a really foolproof option.

Anything too loud. That could be a bright red colour, or just a too fashion-forward outfit. Leave the couture for a different occasion. It is not the time to stand out.

Casual wear. This is a special occasion, after all, so don’t show up in the jeans and t-shirt you always wear. Find something nice, you shouldn’t look like you stopped by for a drink after work. 

Uncomfortable shoes. Honestly, you shouldn’t wear uncomfortable shoes at any time, but given that there will be lots of standing and dancing, the last thing you want is hurting feet.

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    1. Thank you!

  1. Great post .. amazing how many people just don’t observe these simple rules for wedding wear !!

    1. Thanks!

  2. Great ideas! Nothing worse than wearing uncomfortable shoes when you have to wear them all day

    1. Exactly! Thanks for commenting x

    1. Thanks!

  3. Very helpful tips! Great post to read since I’m getting married in a few months and still choosing bridesmaids dresses. I agree with the pastels! You can never go wrong with pastels!

    1. Thank you so much! I can’t imagine your excitement for the wedding! x

  4. Great tips for wedding guests!!

    1. Thank you!

  5. I once wore white to a wedding -_-” I seriously didn’t know it was a faux pas and looking back, I remember the bride actually saying ‘cute dress’ but grimacing a bit, and I didn’t know whyyy. Omg. Listen to these tips, people!


    1. So funny! Thanks for sharing ?

  6. Great tips – white at a wedding when not the bride, I nearly die and comfy shoes – A MUST! ?

    1. Exactly! ?

    1. Thanks, hun!

    1. Thanks, Sharan! ?

    2. Thank you so much for this post. One of my friends wedding is coming up soon and I’m so lost on what to wear haha!

      1. Glad I can help! ?

  7. I’ve been guilty of the uncomfortable shoes one too many times!

    1. Same, girl! Not only to weddings, too ?

  8. Haha, I love this post! Really helpful with it being wedding season!

  9. I agree, and it shouldn’t look like you just walked in from the club with your decolletage or butt hanging out of your dress! I have worn red to a wedding, but I asked the bride before I bought it. She did not care, and in no way did it steal the spotlight. So I guess if you ask first, it could be okay!

    1. Yes, that’s a great approach! But if for some reason you cannot ask the bride, I’d say you’d be better if you steer clear of it! 🙂

  10. Great tips! I don’t think many people realise how wrong it is to wear white to a wedding!

    1. Yes, right! I saw at least 2 people in white to a different wedding than the one I was at and I felt so bad!

  11. I this post! I definitely agree with comfy shoes!

  12. perfect post! sometimes people forget to leave the too fashion forward stuff at home during a wedding, after all its not their day!

    1. Thank you, Layan!

  13. Great post! I think a lot of people these days are not familiar with proper etiquette rules. This is very helpful.

  14. I loved your tips, girl! I really think it’s not good to wear white on a wedding. About the shoes – I just can’t stand wearing uncomfortable shoes! All of your suggestions are very helpful! ?

    1. Thanks, lovely! ?

    1. Thanks, hun ?

    1. I would say yes! Navy is a really good choice for weddings if you’re nit into brights/pastels! x

  15. These are all excellent tips! I wrote a post on what TO wear to a wedding (from a bride-to-be’s perspective) recently. So it’s fun to hear what NOT to wear from yours!

    1. Ohh, I will check that out! Thanks ?

  16. You definitely have to wear comfy shoes to a wedding — it’s a MUST!

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