Owner of Weddings in Vieques, a destination-wedding planning company off the coast of Puerto Rico, Sandy Malone has helped countless couples plan their big day since 2007. Here, she reveals the biggest wedding-guest wardrobe mistakes.
Most brides and grooms ask their guests to follow a dress code for their weddings. Black-tie, semi-formal, cocktail attire and beach chic, for example, are all very different looks. Whatever the couple is requesting is how they want their friends to dress and what they want to see in the background of their photos, but that doesn't mean guests always follow the dress code. Here, the five worst wedding-guest wardrobe faux pas I've ever seen:
1. Any woman who shows up as a wedding guest in an all-white or all-ivory dress is just one big walking wardrobe faux pas. Unless the bride and groom have requested all of the guests wear white — and that's more and more popular — nobody but the bride should be rocking ivory or white. Not even champagne.
2. Tennis shoes are not appropriate footwear at wedding. Neither are thing-high boots with laces. Fashionable, perhaps, but appropriate for a wedding? Never.
3. Changing clothes after the ceremony into something more casual for the reception is never appropriate unless the bride and groom have asked you to do so. The professional photographers and videographers are working all night — and you will show up in the pictures and videos in your t-shirt and shorts.
4. Showing too much skin or wearing a dress that leaves you open to wardrobe malfunctions is a very bad idea. You also need to take a look at yourself with light behind you and see if your clothing is see-through. Nobody needs to look at that at a sunset ceremony. Trust me, it's really distracting.