7 colors you can wear to a wedding (and 7 you shouldn’t)

There are some colors that you should never wear to a wedding, like white and black (unless it’s specifically requested by the hosts).

All-time favorites like yellow and blue are perfect for summer garden weddings or you can choose a cool lavender or pastel color for a classy look for an indoor wedding.

Weddings are joyous celebrations. A big day and special occasion for everyone involved in it, from the bride and groom to the wedding guests.

If you’re going to be one of these lucky few on your friend’s big day, there are some things you need to know about what clothes will work best for you and what colors are a disaster for their celebration.

What colors are always appropriate to wear to wedding and what colors are always a no-no?

This article will help you decide which colors are a “yes” and which ones are a “no.”

Colors you can rock at a wedding

You can wear almost any of your favorite colors to a wedding, as long as it complements the mood. Let’s talk about some colors that you can wear to show love to the couple and make it clear how much you care.

1. Pink

bride together with her bride's maid in pink

Can you think of any color more suitable for a wedding than a pretty shade of pink? Pink is a color that’s been associated with femininity for centuries. The color is associated with innocence, romance, and fun.

Pink is a color that is traditionally worn at weddings.

From the bright pink to the soft, dusty rose shades of pink out there, it’s hard to find a shade that won’t make a perfect dress for a wedding guest.

Nowadays, many brides choose pink for their wedding gown or the dresses for their bridesmaids. If that’s your case, make sure to wear a different shade of pink than the wedding party.

2. Powder blue

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With the hues of the sky, this pale shade has just enough warmth from its undertones that speaks of comfort and serenity. It’s not too bright, but it also isn’t dark, which makes it a perfect color to mingle in both summer and winter weddings.

The classic wedding color looks great on every skin tone.

If you wear a powder blue outfit with your favorite pair of heels and some delicate pearl earrings, you’ll catch just enough attention.

3. Green

If there was a color to symbolize weddings, it would be green. It’s the color of new beginnings, a fresh start, the symbol of renewal, growth, and harmony.

Guests can wear any shade of green at weddings. Some favorite shades include mint, emerald, and moss green. In fact, some even say that if you wear green to a wedding, you’ll be lucky in love.

To add a bit of sparkle, wear a pair of shiny earrings or a delicate bracelet to complete the wedding look.

4. Yellow

Yellow is the safest choice. Recently we have seen many celebrities wearing yellow at weddings of their friends and family.

There are many reasons why you should wear a yellow dress to a wedding. It looks great in pictures, the color brightens up your mood and gives you energy, it makes you look younger. Plus, it can be worn with different accessories like jewelry, shoes, and jackets for all-season weddings.

5. Navy blue

You may already know the most popular color for wedding guests. It’s blue. And navy blue beats all other shades combined.

This deep color invokes the feeling of truth and tranquility.  It can be difficult to find a navy blue dress that doesn’t suit someone because this flattering color compliments every skin tone.

It’s also a perfect color if you want to wear something dark but definitely want to avoid black at weddings.

6. Pastel colors

Bridesmaids at Wedding Ceremony With Pastel Colored Dress

Pastel colors have been trending for quite some time. You can incorporate these sugary colors into your wedding wear wardrobe.

These neutral and peaceful colors fit the essence of the event. You can also make a fashion statement with a beautiful printed dress.

Recently we have seen designers come up with a mix of patterns and cute floral prints in pastel shades. Or you can opt to wear a solid color dress in soft lavender and peach shades.

7. Orange

Okay, we aren’t talking about the pulpy bright orange, but more muted shades like apricot, carrot, and marigold colors.

Orange is the color of joy and vibrant vitality. With new trends for brides, wedding guests are also experimenting with all kinds of bright chirpy shades that go with the event.

A pretty shade of orange with gold dangling earrings can be a great compliment, especially for darker skin tones.

Try our suggestion at a friend’s wedding this season, we assure you’ll get lots of compliments.

7 colors you shouldn’t wear at a wedding

We have the perfect list for you: colors you should avoid at all costs if you don’t want to upset the bride, groom, and their family members.

1. Ivory

If you think ivory isn’t white, you’re wrong. It’s very close to white and is not an appropriate color for a wedding guest.

A wedding day is a once-in-a-lifetime event for your loved one. You won’t want to break their experience by wearing a matching dress to the bridal gown. This color is better left for the bride.

Many other colors look equally beautiful and elegant. You can choose from the list we gave.

2. Black

Bride Wearing Black Wedding Dress

Make it one of the rules on your wedding rules checklist; keep black away from your palette.

Weddings are a happy occasion, a perfect time to celebrate love and new beginnings, which means you shouldn’t wear black; the color of bad luck.

It’s frowned upon to wear black at weddings. It might also give off the impression that you’re not happy for the couple or don’t like them, which of course is not true.

3. Glittery golden dresses

Weddings are formal events and you should follow the rules set by your hosts. There is a chance you will upset the wedding party with a glamorous sequin gown.

Sparkly gold dresses may be fun, but they also draw attention to the wearer and away from the bride. It’s like saying “I’m here to party and not pay attention”.

If you really want to add some glamor and shimmer, wear a beautiful piece of jewelry or lacquer-based glittery nail polish instead.

4. Light shades of beige

Beige or champagne hues are also off-limits. The bride’s mother might want to wear one but you sure aren’t the brides’ mom.

We know it might be tempting because champagne and gold are such beautiful colors that also look great in pictures, but trust us, it will not go unnoticed by the bride and groom and their family.

5. Red

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Nowadays, It’s not inappropriate to wear muted shades of red or a printed red dresses at weddings. But avoid wearing red if you are attending an Asian wedding.

In many Asian cultures, red is the color of the bride, and it is better to leave it for her.

Even in western weddings, if you want to wear red, keep it subtle by wearing only a light shade and pair it with appropriate accessories.

6. Denim

Denim is considered too casual for a wedding event. You don’t want to stick out by wearing denim when all of your friends are dressed in flowy gowns and tuxedoes.

It’s worth it to put a little effort to try to look your best for an important event for your loved one. Wearing denim represents the opposite of that. It’s like being careless and disrespectful to the people who are celebrating.

7. Neon

Extremely bright neon shades were a rage in the fashion world just a few years back. People still choose to wear their most luminescent dresses at wild night parties, but you should never wear a neon dress to someone’s wedding.

It doesn’t matter if it is the style or color of the season, you are just going to look like an uninvited guest. Plus, you won’t like to look like a disco ball among formally dressed guests.

If you want to look good, but you also don’t want to steal the limelight from the bride and groom, remember these things:

  • Do not ever wear white, unless you’re specifically asked by the bride and groom.
  • Deep dark shades of blue and black are also off-limits.
  • Don’t wear the color of bridesmaids unless you are one of them.
  • Avoid wearing colors with too much contrast, they’ll make you stand out more than you want to.
  • Avoid glitter.
  • Do not wear colors that clash with the theme of the wedding.

Basic rules you should follow while dressing for a wedding event:

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  • Keep in mind the time of day – Wear lighter colors in the morning and darker colors at night.
  • Match your skin tone, hair color, or eye color with your dress.
  • Be mindful of what you’re wearing underneath your dress – Choose something that will match well.
  • Consider whether you’ll be standing for long periods – Wear comfortable shoes and bring an extra pair of flats just in case.
  • It’s a formal event so most women prefer heels. Match a perfect pair with your dress.
  • If you’re attending a summer wedding, choose light, loose-fitting clothing that will be comfortable in hot weather. You may also want to cover your shoulders and arms if you’ll be in the sun for an extended period.
  • Dress appropriately if it’s a church wedding.

Bottom Line

Keep in mind that there are endless variations and combinations to consider when picking out an outfit for any occasion.

If your wardrobe is limited to certain colors, don’t be afraid to mix them together so that you end up with something perfect and unique while still fitting into your budget.

You also don’t have to stick with those same hues. The next time you have to get dressed for a wedding try making your decision based on what colors compliment each other best.

Take cues from the season and style of the event – think spring in pastel shades or autumnal tones like burgundy, olive green, and blue if it’s an evening affair.

We hope we’ve helped you choose a color of dress for attending a wedding.

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