What to wear at a wedding?

Old May 3rd, 2008, 09:24 PM
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What to wear at a wedding?

Hello,

I will be flying to Glasgow in two weeks, from the States, to attend a wedding in Troon.

It's going to be at a very nice hotel at 2:30 pm, with about 100 people in attendance. I know that the father of the bride will be in his dress kilt, etc.

What is the proper attire for a mature woman? Are any colors "off limits"? Black, red?

Please write quickly!


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Old May 3rd, 2008, 09:58 PM
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Look, just wear what you would wear at home.
I never wear all black at a wedding, nor is it proper to wear all white ( for the bride only ) .
A nice dress, nice shoes, a nice dress or skirt suit. Silk blouse, pearls etc.

Have fun and enjoy talking with the Scots, I absolutely find their accents musical.
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Old May 3rd, 2008, 10:19 PM
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Thank you for your quick reply. Your advise reassured me. I'll pack two outfits: a red dress and a blue silk jacket with silk skirt. Both outfits are conversative, and I'll decide at the last minute which feels better. Now to find comfy shoes!
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Why not ask the mother of the bride or the maid of honor or even the bride herself? A dress kilt can even replace a tuxedo, so this could be a black tie event, where a silk jacket and skirt would be out of place.

Due to the timing of the wedding, I would think you would be okay, but it never hurts to ask.
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Old May 4th, 2008, 05:30 AM
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If it were a black tie event I would expect that to be stated on the invitation. If no dress code was given then either of your outfits will be fine. Just check the bride isn't wearing red - it's quite a trendy wedding dress colour nowadays. Have great time! I hope the sun shines for you.
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I posted on your other thread as follows:-

I was at quite a posh wedding yesterday, and the dress code was pretty varied. The mature lady might want to wear a hat, although I discovered that "fascinators" are all the rage.

Your husband going? Will he hire a kilt?

Buttonholes are also very popular- if he's wearing a kilt his should be a thistle.

I did a wee web browse and found these on a photographer's site. This looks pretty typical to me.



http://www.chriswright-photography.co.uk/samples/
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Thank you, everyone, who responded. My husband will also be attending, but as neither of us are of Scottish heritage, we do not have a tartan.

My husband will be wearing a dark suit, white shirt, and tie, probably red or blue.

We did phone the parents of the bride-to-be, but only her father was home, and he was not comfortable suggesting our attire. His wife was out of the house ... shopping.

Our invitation does not indicate Formal nor Black Tie, so I think we will be safe in dressing without formal attire. No beaded dresses for me! Yeah!

Thank you all so much. This will be my fourth trip to Scotland ... a country I fell in love with the first trip we traveled there. We met our friends on a golf course in Ireland over ten years ago, and now their daughter is getting married. We are so proud to have been invited.

Again, thank you.
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When my daughter was married in Scotland -- about ten years ago -- all the women wore the most fantastic hats. It was tremendously fun for everyone, and it made a great show. I hope someone will tell us whether this is still done.

I agree with your husband's decision not to wear Highland dress if he is not Scottish. It would not be in good taste. Dark suit, white shirt, tie will be fine for him.
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I'd wear a smart dress (not floor length) in any colour but black or white, with a wrap to cover shoulders, or possibly a skirt and smart top, plus shoes I can dance in: if it's a Scottish wedding it's likely there'll be a ceilidh - stiletto heels are not the best footwear for Scottish country dancing!! Though plenty of women I know wear their smart shoes for the ceremony/meal and then change into a comfy pair of flats for the dancing.

If you want to wear a hat, by all means do. But remember a hat is a hassle to carry on a plane and could get squashed if checked in (experience talking).

Your husband will be fine in a suit and tie.
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Please understand that I'm not suggesting you HAVE to do any of teh following, but....

if he wanted to, there's no reason why your husband shouldn't wear a kilt. Traditionally, people without a clan name used the Royal tartans- Stewart etc. Nowadays, there are dozens of accreditted tartans that have nothing to do with your name. On Saturday, one friend of mine wore this:-

http://scotsconnection.com/product.a...mp;strParents=

(it's called "Highland Granite" and this one is becoming very popular:-

http://tartanstore.net/tartan/Spirit-of-Scotland/51044?

(Spirit of Scotland)

Hats are not de rigeur, but are more worn by older people than younger. I fear I now fall nto taht category. You can always use a hatbox- I've done it.

Also there were lots o black and whites on Saturday- not black and not white, but mixed.

We went to a wedding in Bristol teh day they introduced the NO handluggage rule.We'd planned to have everything in handluggage, and had even bought a kilt roll for eth purpose. I didn't own a hat box, so I went through Edinburgh airport wearing a tee-shirt and jeans and the 'at. The check in staff were laughing like drains...
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