Can You Wear Black to a Wedding?

Can You Wear Black to a Wedding?

May 26, 2024

Attending a wedding is the perfect excuse to splurge on a whole new ‘fit! However, amidst the thrill of shopping, there's also the daunting task of finding the perfect, on-trend outfit that strikes the right balance - unique, not too flashy, and somehow still fits the wedding dress code. And speaking of dress codes, understanding them can present a whole new challenge. Among them is the much-debated question: Can you wear black to a wedding? 

If you're searching for elegant black wedding guest attire, we have the perfect guide for you. Let’s get into it!

What You Need to Know About Wearing Black to a Wedding

This age-old question often sparks debate among wedding guests. However, times have changed, and so have the rules of fashion! Wearing a black dress to a wedding is totally acceptable, as it is a very versatile hue - it’s classic, timeless, and effortlessly chic, making it an excellent choice for many different types of weddings.

However, there are a few scenarios where you should not wear black to a wedding, so it's crucial to pay attention to the invitation details. For example, if the couple is following specific cultural traditions, wearing black may go against their customs and be considered disrespectful. Similarly, if the wedding dress code specifies specific colors to wear, it's best to adhere to those guidelines and skip out on wearing a black dress for this one.

Wearing Black in Accordance with Dress Codes

So, what type of weddings call for black attire? Here are the occasions where it's perfectly appropriate to wear a black dress to a wedding along with some of our best tips!

  1. Black Tie Wedding

    When envisioning a black tie event, class and elegance are key. This dress code typically entails floor-length evening gowns, luxurious fabrics, and dazzling wedding guest accessories. On such occasions, a traditional black dress is undoubtedly a top choice. Both our beloved Charlotte Bow Dress and the Anderson Maxi are simple, elegant options that are totally black-tie approved!

    Anderson Maxi Dress
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  2. Semi-Formal Wedding

    In general, semi-formal dress codes call for a more relaxed look than what’s required at a formal, black-tie wedding event. However, decoding the guest dress code can still be tricky, as guests don’t want to be neither overdressed nor underdressed. A black midi dress for a semi-formal wedding offers the perfect balance between sophistication and comfort, making it a go-to option for a wedding guest looking to make a stylish statement.

    Eden midi dress
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  3. Cocktail

    When you think of a classic cocktail dress, an LBD (Little Black Dress) comes to the rescue. Thankfully, we have plenty of those! Its flattering silhouette and classic color ensure that you'll look elegant and chic, while its understated simplicity allows you to express your personal style with accessories.

    Jasmine Halter Mini Dress
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  4. Fall/Winter

    As temperatures drop, fall/winter wedding guest outfits often include dark hues, especially if the ceremony starts after 5 PM. When in doubt, you can never go wrong with a trusty black evening dress for a fall or winter wedding and can be worn throughout the years because of its timeless shade. Opt for one crafted from luxe fabric, like silk or satin, for a dressier effect.

    Romance ruffle
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  5. Spring/Summer

    For a spring or summer wedding, black might seem out of place. However, pops of color with a bag, shoes and fun statement jewelry can easily lighten up any black cocktail dress. Plus, adding a bold red lip adds the perfect finishing touch!

    Greta dress
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  6. City

    When attending a wedding in a metropolitan area, wearing black is much more acceptable. Clean, simple lines are also a safe bet for city-based nuptials, while color-pop accessories can add personality and flair to your look. Check out these city-chic wedding guest dresses for an effortlessly sophisticated look.

    Jodie Dress
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  7. Beach

    For beach wedding celebrations, wedding attire can range from casual to "beach formal." A black summer dress is certainly appropriate for such occasions. Easily elevate your all-black ensemble with a hint of texture or a pop of pattern if you're headed to a daytime or destination wedding (our Milos Maxi is destined for a beach wedding with its dainty shell print!). Also, adding hints of color where you can is an excellent way to add vibrancy and lighten up your wedding guest outfit! 

    Stassi Midi Dress
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Final Takeaways

While wearing black to a wedding was once considered a faux pas, times have changed, and weddings no longer adhere to strict traditional rules. So, can you wear black to a wedding? We say YES to wearing a fab black wedding guest dress! After all, your wedding guest outfit is not just about looking fabulous (although that's important!). It's also about feeling confident and expressing your personal style. Embracing the "look good, feel good" motto is key, and wearing black attire to a wedding is always a chic and practical choice!