This week, we are addressing the age-old question of whether or not it’s appropriate for anyone other than the bride to wear white to a wedding. Despite changes in attitudes, social norms and rules of etiquette, some things stay the same.


Question: My cousin is getting married this summer. It’s an outdoor, afternoon, garden party-style wedding at a plantation. It’s going to be hot and humid and on those days I usually wear white attire. Is it OK for me to wear a white or mostly white dress?

Answer: No matter the season, venue or time of day, it’s considered a faux pas for anyone other than the bride to wear white at a wedding. The only exception is if the couple has suggested white as the attire for a visual effect or if you are a member of the bridal party and the bride picked white. Otherwise, it is perceived as upstaging the bride and is therefore best avoided at all costs. Consider a light fabric, such as cotton, silk, chiffon or crisply pressed linen in any light or neutral color other than white, cream or beige.


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Wediquette Wednesday: Is it OK to wear white to my cousin’s wedding?