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wearing a white sundress to a friend's reception

Hello.

I have a question regarding etiquette and dress code.

A friend of mine is having a wedding reception in a few weeks. I planned on wearing a sundress, but it’s white. Maybe I am wrong to wear it even if it has big pastel flowers on it.

I didn’t think this is big deal because

 

A) it’s a sundress, not a Vera Wang or anything like that

B) it has big pink and peach flowers on it

C) the reception is a low key family BBQ and the invitations just said "party". It's not technically a reception because the wedding already happened a month ago overseas.  

 

But what do you think? Should I still wear it or wear something else.

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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_etiquette_wearing-white-sundress-friends-reception?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:9Discussion:0ceb0772-d2ca-4ac7-8cf4-9440025f790bPost:27e7390a-f40b-40c6-b1a5-91af1b700218">wearing a white sundress to a friend's reception</a>:
    [QUOTE]Hello. I have a question regarding etiquette and dress code. A friend of mine is having a wedding reception in a few weeks. I planned on wearing a sundress, but it’s white. Maybe I am wrong to wear it even if it has big pastel flowers on it. I didn’t think this is big deal because   A) it’s a sundress, not a Vera Wang or anything like that B) it has big pink and peach flowers on it C) the reception is a low key family BBQ and the invitations just said "party". It's not technically a reception because the wedding already happened a month ago overseas.     But what do you think? Should I still wear it or wear something else.
    Posted by mrsnilescrane[/QUOTE]

    <div>If the flowers are big and bright, you're fine.  </div>
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    If overall it is 50% white or less, I think it's okay.
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    mica178mica178 member
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    It's probably fine. 
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    If you have a pic of the dress, or even something similar you can find online, we can tell you for sure.  
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    LDYGTR13LDYGTR13 member
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    I agree with PPs, but I also think that there are a bazillion colors out there. You should think about wearing one of them instead. I'm sure this white flowery sundress would look great for another occasion :-)
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    edited May 2011
    If the flower is THAT big, throw a colored cardigan on and you SHOULD be fine... but I have a hard time believing that you only have one sundress that you could wear... I feel like, if you have to ask, that means don't do it...

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    If the flowers are big and cover a large portion of the dress, then I'd say it's okay.  But I'd really need to see it to make a determination....
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    I think its fine. It's not the wedding, its not like the bride will be wearing her dress (I hope). I wouldn't wear something completely white, but with the flowers on it, I wouldn't care.
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    I'm not very techie, so I hope this link works.

    This is a similar coloured dress I found online-
    http://cdn1.iofferphoto.com/img/item/190/938/012/cute-bow-tie-chest-big-flowers-one-piece-strap-dress-846f8.jpg
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    I think it is perfectly fine.
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    Too white for me. Is it really worth being that "guy"? Are you telling me that you don't own/can't find a single sundress that isn't white?
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    Looks fine to me. If not, I better check with J&K if I offended her with my dress.
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    It looks fine to me.
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    [QUOTE]Too white for me.<strong> Is it really worth being that "guy"?</strong> Are you telling me that you don't own/can't find a single sundress that isn't white?
    Posted by Ghoti[/QUOTE]

    <div>That's kinda what I was thinking... I wouldn't really care as a guest, but I would still notice if someone else wore white. If you wore a bright (pink or peach) light cardigan with it, it could work, but still.. you don't own anything else? Salvation Army/Good Will has some good stuff. And I know the Good Will near me receives a weekly shipment from Target (so I've bought never-worn Target clothes for dirt cheap)</div>
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    LuluP82LuluP82 member
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    I think especially because it's a reception only, you should wear a different color. If I were having an AHR that was casual, I'd probably wear a white sundress...
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    I think it's fine.
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    [QUOTE]I think especially because it's a reception only, you should wear a different color. If I were having an AHR that was casual, I'd probably wear a white sundress...
    Posted by LuluP82[/QUOTE]

    Good point...especially in the summer. I still hold to my point that there are TONS of colors out there and that dress is cute - but id save it for another occasion. Just because, I mean, why push the issue if you don't have to? And if you have to ask it's probably better to go with another color.
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    I think you're fine. I wore this to brother and SIL's wedding and nobody stoned me (I'm second from left):



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    I think if you have to ask you know the answer.
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    It has enough color to offset the faux pas. YOu could add a bright cardigan to give it more color and be less "look at the person in white!"
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    I think it's fine too
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    unless there is absolutely NOTHING else in your closet that is appropriate for this occasion (and you don't have the funds to go get something else), i wouldn't wear it. 
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    As a bride I wouldn't care, but why bother and then have to worry and wonder ifthe bride or guests do care? Just wear something else.
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_etiquette_wearing-white-sundress-friends-reception?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:9Discussion:0ceb0772-d2ca-4ac7-8cf4-9440025f790bPost:20df80b4-b2d7-4de0-9921-b9a68dd03ed1">Re: wearing a white sundress to a friend's reception</a>:
    [QUOTE]I think you're fine. I wore this to brother and SIL's wedding and nobody stoned me (I'm second from left):
    Posted by sarah0725[/QUOTE]
    I'll be honest, I would've probably side-eyed that dress.
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    [QUOTE]As a bride I wouldn't care, but why bother and then have to worry and wonder ifthe bride or guests do care? Just wear something else.
    Posted by teacup11[/QUOTE]

    <div>I agree with this completely. While I personally wouldn't be offended, why would you take the risk?</div>
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    As a bride, i probably wouldn't notice.

    as a guest, that's white enough that i'd be side eye-ing you. it's flowy, there's more white on top than pink and i'd be like, 'what was she thinking?'. put a cardigan on it and you'd be ok, if you covered up alll that white on top. but i agree with the PPs who say that unless you do that, i'd wear just about ANY other color dress.
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    Just don't.  It's cute, but save it for another occasion. 
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    i think if you are questioning it, that's reason enough not to wear it.
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    I think it's fine. if it has a print, no problem. If it was a solid white - definitely no.
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