The Professional Wedding Guest: Wearing White

The Professional Wedding Guest: Wearing White

2017 was the year I felt like a professional wedding guest. No joke, I was at a wedding almost every single weekend – sometimes 2 in one week! Being a Persian Jew, going to more weddings than the average person is on par with the norm. However, this year really took the cake, and while I loved sharing in so much happiness, it left me feeling exhausted. Having been a bridesmaid several times (cue in your “always the bridesmaid, never the bride” joke here), and a wedding guest more times that I can count, I decided to create a new series for those who may not know how to handle wedding season. So, here we are with The Professional Wedding Guest series. 

Since I am your professional wedding guest, I decided to call on my friend Jazmyn from Daily Dose Of Luxury to be the professional bride. Throughout the year, we will be chronicling proper behavior and the 411 for both the guest and the bride. None of us are perfect, and sometimes we don’t realize the right etiquette. Everything you will need to know from what to wear, how to act, how to plan a Bachelorette for your bestie, we have got you covered.  

We are kicking off this series with a post Jazmyn shared on her blog about guests wearing *gasp* WHITE. As a guest, I am mortified when I see anyone wearing something remotely close to white. It’s disrespectful to the bride, in my opinion, and tells me that you need attention. 

As a bride, this is what Jazmyn has to say about it:

My thoughts about this are solely my own and are contingent on NOT being asked to wear white. If your goal is an all white wedding, I’m here for it, but that is not my goal. 

“Cardinal Rule of Wedding Etiquette in Western culture is that guests, specifically female guests, should never wear white.” (

“White is reserved for the Bride, a tradition established by England’s Queen Victoria in the late 19th Century.”(

The only thing that stood out to me in the entire article was ‘wedding etiquette in Western culture.’ You don’t have to like it, you don’t have to agree, and you don’t even have to honor it at your own wedding.

You should never, EVER show up to anyone’s wedding in white UNLESS instructed via invitation, wedding website or the bride. 

I have seen it happen first hand while being a member of a bridal party and it is obvious, it is obnoxious and it is premeditated. Everyone notices you, everyone talks about you, you become the center of attention, which you should not be and it makes you look extremely selfish. If you can consciously pull out a white dress, you are deliberately deciding that you are just as, if not more important, than the bride and on that day nobody is more important than the bride (and groom).  

This “cardinal rule” applies to everyone including family, assuming that you have not been asked to wear white. Mother of the Bride, Mother in Law, Step Mother, Grandmother, your title does not count as an exception. I understand you’re so happy and you want to stand out and you want everyone to know this is your son or daughter getting married but do not do it. Attempting it with your own daughter is one thing but PLEASE don’t do it to your son and his wife to be, like yes you are mom but don’t ruin her day. It is already enough that the bride (and groom) are doing their very best to please everyone, don’t add fuel to the fire by trying to wear white, ivory, ecru, eggshell, any version of white. 

I understand the need or want to ask; I have asked a friend who was getting married (one time only and the outfit wasn’t all white), but after thinking about it, the fact that I had to ask should have been enough to let me know I shouldn’t be wearing it. It has never been an issue for me since. 

The feeling or thought of someone showing up to my wedding in white or any shade of it actually makes me anxious. I don’t want to feel like I need to babysit adults when it comes to wardrobe, but I do want to slide in a reminder like “Yeah, No. Just Don’t.” I stand by this so strongly that if someone showed up in white or any shade of it on my wedding day I would actually ask them to leave myself. 

– Jazmyn

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