Recently, an Aussie wedding guest was in the headlines for her “inappropriate” attire. The guest, who remains anonymous, wore a white, lace midi-dress to a wedding in New South Wales, which instantly angered many people on social media, as she disrupted the long-standing wedding etiquette of not wearing white to weddings.
The picture of the guest’s dress has since gone viral on social media, with many people criticizing the woman for her choice of outfit. The question that arises here is, what is the big deal about white attire at weddings and why do people get so worked up about it?
Wedding etiquette is a set of social norms and customs that dictate proper behavior in a wedding ceremony or reception. One of the ancient wedding customs is the belief that white belongs exclusively to the bride, as it is traditionally considered an emblem of purity and innocence, and that wearing white to a wedding is a sign of disrespect to the bride. It’s unfair for anyone to try and take away the spotlight from the bride on her big day, and this is why it’s considered a big no-no to wear white to a wedding.
Another reason why it’s inappropriate to wear white to a wedding is that the color of the wedding dress is supposed to distinguish the bride from her guests. It’s customary for the bride to wear a white dress while her bridesmaids, groomsmen and guests dress in attire that complements the theme of the wedding. This tradition is meant to ensure that everyone can differentiate between the bride and the rest of the guests wearing similar attire.
As for the dress in question, technically speaking, it wasn’t a wedding dress, but it was white, lacy, and mid-length, which can easily be mistaken for a bridal gown. The dress, which was considered “inappropriate,” was also tight-fitted, which is another fashion faux-pas for wedding guests.
It’s understandable that the bride would be upset by this and that guests would be angered about the situation since it goes against the long-standing tradition of not wearing white attire to a wedding. However, people are still divided in their opinions about the matter. Some people defended the guest, claiming that everyone should be able to wear whatever they want to a wedding and that the bride needs to get over herself.
Others were more understanding of the bride’s feelings and said that it’s disrespectful to wear white to a wedding. In the end, it’s all about respecting the bride’s wishes.
It’s not just wedding dresses that guests should avoid wearing to weddings. The same rule applies to bridesmaid dresses, as they also need to complement the bride’s attire. Guests should also avoid wearing tight-fitted dresses, shorts or denim, as these are also considered inappropriate for weddings. Somewhat surprisingly, black used to be considered inappropriate for weddings since it’s often associated with funerals, but nowadays it’s considered an acceptable color to wear.
In conclusion, while the debate will always continue about what is appropriate and inappropriate wedding attire, it is always best to err on the side of caution and stick to the wedding-specific attire guidelines. Guests should always remember that a wedding ceremony is a formal event where everyone is expected to dress according to the occasion to experience the best vibe and create wonderful memories. Ultimately, the wedding day is all about the bride and groom, and guests should respect their wishes and avoid any attire that takes away from the spotlight.