From casual to formal, Tennessee weddings come with a wide variety of expected dress codes and socially-acceptable attire choices. That’s why sometimes, choosing something to wear can be a little tiresome for the average wedding guest! Never fear, though. Here are 10 of the top things you shouldn’t wear to a Tennessee wedding. Read on to make sure you’re ready for all the celebrations this summer!
Seriously…don’t even think about wearing white to a wedding. Call me old-fashioned, but I don’t even think you should wear it if you actually have the audacity to ask, and the bride hesitantly says you can. Just don’t ask in the first place! It’s poor etiquette, and it’s been known to cause serious touchy wedding situations before. After all, it’s the bride’s day. She should be the only one wearing white.
2. Vibrant red
Hold those horses, attention-getter. The whole idea of wedding attire etiquette is first and foremost to not attempt to draw attention to yourself and away from the bride that day. If you worry that your attire will cause people to stare or immediately pick you out in a photo, put it back on the hanger, and go for a more neutral color.
This goes for both guys and girls. Unless the bride is having an ultra-casual, western inspired event and has asked guests to wear jeans, I’d say to forego them and don a nice sundress (ladies) or at least khakis (men). Jeans are a little too casual for any wedding other than the ultra-casual.
4. A mini (or all-around skimpy outfit)
If it shows lots of skin – especially if it reaches well above the knee or flaunts a plunging neckline – don’t consider it fit for a wedding. Take note that while super, super cute, if it risks taking attention from the bride (especially in a way that’s not exactly G-rated), toss it back into your closet. Save those sexy ensembles for the nightclubs, ladies!
5. Bridal accessories or large headpieces
I know you wouldn’t think this is needed to say, but it is. Don’t wear an influx of bridal jewelry (I’m talking loads of sparkly, dangly formal jewelry.) to any celebration that is below black tie dress code. Never wear a tiara or white veil, even if it’s a birdcage veil. Finally, if your headpiece reaches into royal headpiece territory that’s inches high, opt out for the wedding. It can hinder photos at the very least.
6. Office attire
Leave the drab pantsuit at home, ladies. It’s time to celebrate! Don some heels and a cute dress rather than a business professional look.
7. Funeral garb
Black used to be seen as only a mourning color, but today, it can be oh-so-chic. However, there’s a big difference between a little black dress and a black sheath that looks like you’re in mourning. Choose wisely, and never wear it if you’d consider wearing it to a funeral, too!
8. Plain flip flops
This is probably the biggest faux-pas I see at summer weddings: plain Old Navy flip flops. My rule of thumb is, if you’d wear the shoes of choice for a quick run to the local grocery store for a gallon of milk, then you probably shouldn’t think about wearing them to a wedding. Dress it up a little!
9. Dated outfits
While it should be obvious, baby-blue corduroy suits and bellbottom pants really have no place at a modern wedding…unless it’s a decades theme wedding, which isn’t likely! Go out and buy something new and fresh to wear, rather than rummaging through your (or your mom or dad’s) vintage area of the closet.
As a wedding guest, you should never wear a tuxedo…that is, unless you’re in the bridal party, or it’s black or white tie attire dress code. Those are pretty much the only three exceptions!
What wedding attire blunders have you seen at weddings?
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Images courtesy of Tri-Cities wedding photography company Reflective Moments Photography website and Facebook page.