Let’s tackle a wedding etiquette question! Can you wear black to a wedding? Is it OK to be dressed in a black dress as a wedding guest? Or is it considered rude to wear a black wedding guest dress?
We’ll tackle this frequently-asked question and tell you exactly what you need to know so you don’t make a fashion faux pas.
In addition, we’ll share some little black guest dresses to inspire you for the upcoming wedding. Who doesn’t love a new LBD in their closet?! I need one myself, so I made this list very thorough: there are black wedding guest dresses with long sleeves, short sleeves, sleeveless, midi, mini, floor-length, halter, cut-out, plus size, and more.
Let’s get started!
Wear Black to a Wedding?
As a rule of thumb, yes, you can absolutely wear black to a wedding as a guest!
The thought of black guest dresses being a no-no is an old, outdated rule. It was considered too dark and gloomy, more of a funeral attire outfit; however, modern etiquette rules dictate that weddings guests can wear black to a wedding! The classic little black dress or long-length black gown is a beautiful and elegant option when selecting wedding guest dresses.
Tips for Black Wedding Guest Dresses
Now that you know it’s OK to wear black to a wedding, there are a few tips to keep in mind.
• Consider the time of day for the wedding
If the wedding is an afternoon-only event, avoid wearing black to a wedding. It is recommended to avoid black as a wedding guest in the early afternoon, if it is a brunch wedding. Black guest dresses are best suited for evening wedding receptions, cocktail parties, and special events.
• Think about the bridal party attire
If you know the bridesmaids are wearing black dresses, you may want to avoid wearing black to a wedding and choose a different color instead. You don’t want to look like you’re rivaling the bridal party. :)
• Don’t upstage the bride
The number one rule isn’t what color you’re wearing to the wedding… it’s
So go ahead: pick out the cutest little black dress and rock that thing! Here are some little black dresses we found from Lulus to inspire you. These are affordable, on-trend, and fashionable, all fitting in perfectly if you’re going to wear black to a wedding.
Black Dresses for Wedding Guests
1. Black Cutout Midi Dress
This is one of the best black dresses for wedding guests this year! Highly-rated. Get it here.
2. Embroidered Lace Long Sleeve Dress
Ooh, I love this one! The sheer sleeves and embroidered lace make this a perfect dress to wear to a wedding.
3. Black Tiered Midi Dress
This v-neck tiered midi length dress is perfect as a black wedding guest dress.
4. Curvy Bodycon Dress
5. Black Strappy Bodycon
6. Black Puff Sleeve Dress
7. Black Ruched Drawstring Dress
8. Black Long Sleeve Dress
LOVE THIS DRESS! It has long sleeves and swiss dots, a stylish belt sash and is a cute mini length.
9. Halter Top Little Black Dress
This cute dress has scalloping on the sides and a high neckline in a halter style.
10. Black Cut-Out Dress
11. Black Long Sleeve Wedding Guest Dress
12. Cut-Out Sleeves
13. Long Black Maxi Dress
14. Scalloped Black Guest Dress
I like the scalloped detail on this dress and the mini length.
15. Square Neckline Dress
This is one of the best black wedding guest dresses for the year! I love the length, the flirty circle skirt (made for dancing!), and the square neckline which is very on-trend at the moment. Get it here.
16. Long Sleeve Black Bodycon
This is a perfect black wedding guest dress with long sleeves. Perfect.
17. Elbow-Length Sleeve Dress
Not sure if you want a black dress with long sleeves or short sleeves? No sleeves? Go in-between with this mini dress featuring a half sleeve.
18. Black Ruffled Dress
19. Black Floral Print Smocked Dress
20. Cocktail Hour Wrap Dress
21. Black Guest Dress with Sleeves
Another perfect little black dress with long sleeves!
22. Short Black Bodycon
23. One-Shoulder Dress
This black one-shoulder dress has a hint of ruffle on one side for a stylish twist.
25. Long Sleeve Black Maxi Dress
26. Short Sleeve
27. Black Wrap Dress
A stylish little black dress with a deep v-neckline and mini length.
28. Blouse Bodice
29. Assymetrical Mini Dress
30. Off-the-Shoulder Long Sleeve Black Dress
If you need more suggestions, click here for the collection.
What do you think of these dresses? Are you going to wear black to a wedding, and if so, which style will you choose? Tell us in the comment box below!