4 Colors You Should Avoid Wearing as a Guest at a Wedding

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When you find yourself rummaging through the inventory inside of your closet, trying to pick out the perfect dress to wear to an upcoming wedding on your calendar, take note that there are a handful of colors you should avoid so that you don't get mistaken for the bride, a bridesmaid, or even just a guest that stumbled into the wrong party. So go ahead, lay out all of your options, and hang back up any dresses that are one of these four colors.

Let's Start With the Obvious
Itching to wear a gorgeous white dress you just purchased? Put it back in your closet ASAP. While it may sound like the number one wedding-guest faux pas that everyone should know, some people forget it or ignore the rule and show up in a pearly white dress.

A Color Close to White
Off-white, beige, champagne, cream, or any other super light color that could be mistaken for white when the lights are dim and the people around you are toasting drink number three.

See more: 5 Things Wedding Guests Do That Annoy Brides

The Color the Bridesmaids Are Wearing
If you're close with the bride, ask her for a heads up on what color the bridesmaid dresses are. That way, you won't look like you're trying to be a third-wheel to the wedding party by wearing a different style mint green dress than the other girls in the bridal party.

Glitter, Glitter, Glitter Everywhere
Save the sparkles for the bachelorette party or another Saturday night on the town. Avoid wearing anything too shimmering or distracting. All eyes should be on the bride and your disco ball looking dress may ruin her big moment to shine.

Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.

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