Would You Wear White To Someone Else’s Wedding?

Should trends overrule tradition?

A new survey out today has revealed that 3 in 5 of us would wear white to someone else’s wedding.

So we’re asking, would you do it?

Upstaging a bride on her big day has long been the wedding world’s biggest faux pas, but, it seems, times are changing and trends are beginning to overrule tradition.

In celebrity land, the trend is already commonplace. Beyonce worked white bodycon at sister Solange’s wedding in 2013, while Pippa Middleton (and her pert backside) shared Kate’s spotlight when she wore an ivory bridesmaid dress in 2011. Kate Moss, too, surrounded herself with 15 blanc bridesmaids at her wedding, and all the Kardashians wore white to Kimye’s 2014 extravaganza.


But what about outside of the bridal party and immediate family? Is it acceptable to wear white if you’re just a ‘regular’ guest?

We’re thinking the survey’s respondents were talking about, say, a simple white shift dress, rather than a full meringue and veil (because turning up dressed as the actual bride would surely cause problems). But is the principle the same? And if a guest was wearing white, would the bride have every right to be upset?

The survey, conducted by George at Asda also revealed some other brilliant wedding fashion stats, including the fact that 40% of women say the day would be ruined if another guest turned up in the same outfit as them, and 50% admit to buying a new outfit for every occasion because they fear being caught on social media.

So would you wear white to someone else’s wedding? Or, if you’re a bride-to-be, how cross would you be if someone tried the look on your big day?

Tell us what you think on Twitter and Facebook and we’ll add your comments to the debate below…

‘Nobody should upset the bride on her day,’ Danata Smith tells us on Facebook. ‘Don’t wear white to a wedding unless the bride is NOT.’ 

Caley Ashpole, however, considers the benefits of a neutral colour theme. ‘My mother in law wore white,’ she writes on Facebook. ‘I honestly didn’t notice on the day though! We requested our small family wedding that everyone wore a neutral colour. It looked gorgeous having photos of everyone in complimentary tones but yes my white dress (and hers) does stand out in photos.’

It’s a definite no-no for @Ella245853 on Twitter, though. ‘Unless it’s an all-white wedding, [the bride has every right to be upset]. If the guest in white is married, she’s had her day! If single, her day will come…’ 

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