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Slight twist on "What to wear to a wedding"

post #1 of 45
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June Catholic wedding between a Colombian lady friend and an American man, both in their twenties. She'll be about 5 months pregnant at that point, so I'm not sure she'll wear white. The reception starts at 2pm.

Question: Are there colors, outfits I should avoid? My most formal dress happens to be white linen, but I'll be delighted to find an excuse to go shopping.

How about a 3 year old boy, how would you dress him for such a wedding?
post #2 of 45
I just love catholic weddings with 5 month pregnant bride. Not that it has anything to do with the topic...
post #3 of 45
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Are there colors, outfits I should avoid?
Yes, you should avoid the color white. Wearing white is the bride's privilege, whether she choses to do so or not. You may go shopping now ;-)
post #4 of 45
Oh, I'll bet she still wears white

You should wear any other summer color depending on the formality of the wedding.

As for the 3-year-old, if he's anything like ours nothing will stay tucked in for long. I really like the dressy up look with a button-down shirt, pants and a vest. A tie doesn't stay on more than 10-minutes, so it's pretty much a waste of time.
post #5 of 45
I think there's a law somewhere that says 3-year-old boys have to wear white shirt, black clip on tie (can be bow), gray suit with shorts instead of pants, white socks to the knee, and black and white saddles. At least, that's what my parents told me
post #6 of 45
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Originally Posted by tiger02
I think there's a law somewhere that says 3-year-old boys have to wear white shirt, black clip on tie (can be bow), gray suit with shorts instead of pants, white socks to the knee, and black and white saddles. At least, that's what my parents told me

I'm pretty sure it has to be a bow.
post #7 of 45
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A doubt:
Should I assume that, if the invitation is sent to Mr. and Mrs. So and so, then their child(ren) is/are not included?

As to the tie on the child, as long as it's "comme papa", he'd wear it without protest.
post #8 of 45
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Originally Posted by Fabienne
A doubt: Should I assume that, if the invitation is sent to Mr. and Mrs. So and so, then their child(ren) is/are not included? As to the tie on the child, as long as it's "comme papa", he'd wear it without protest.
It has been my experience so far that at least in this country, Fabienne, children are never named specifically in invitations of the sort, I think it is assumed that they would be present. I am sure one of the natives though may be able to shine some light on it for us. Edit: Lawyerdad is quick to the draw . Go with what he mentioned.
post #9 of 45
Thread Starter 
Thanks, Lawyerdad. The mix of cultures makes it a little harder to determine etiquette, but yes, you are probably right. True, he wouldn't enjoy the long mass, but would however love the reception, as he's very social.

I'm thinking about getting a suit (with a skirt, not pants) instead of a cocktail dress.
post #10 of 45
If it is an afternoon wedding, Burning Torch and Gary Graham has some amazing pieces this summer. I think that for an informal, evening wedding, the "Argentine" dress by Alexia Admor (available at www.letrainbleu, use coupon "toutie" for free shipping is amazing, and and an amazing deal as well. Actually, you might like a lot of the stuff there. Use this Elm sheer duster as a cover up when it gets cooler in the evening (it will also soften the look with its loose shape and I think that you will be partial to the bohemian feeling):

http://www.shopworthwhile.com/produc...tegory=jackets

Good luck.
post #11 of 45
imo, and based on my observations and experience, if in doubt leave the children at home. besides, i don't think majority of kids really like going to these adult parties, anyways. leave them with their grandparents or somebody you can trust with and some money for movies or a nice place to eat.
post #12 of 45
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Originally Posted by LA Guy
If it is an afternoon wedding, Burning Torch and Gary Graham has some amazing pieces this summer. I think that for an informal, evening wedding, the "Argentine" dress by Alexia Admor (available at www.letrainbleu, use coupon "toutie" for free shipping is amazing, and and an amazing deal as well. Actually, you might like a lot of the stuff there. Use this Elm sheer duster as a cover up when it gets cooler in the evening (it will also soften the look with its loose shape and I think that you will be partial to the bohemian feeling):

http://www.shopworthwhile.com/produc...tegory=jackets

Good luck.

I love most of the pieces by Burning Torch (not for sale in my State, though). The "l'Argentine" dress(http://www.letrainbleu.com/shopdressesparty.html)
is gorgeous indeed, that green would work with my complexion, and they have an extra small... Very affordable too. I have many shawls and pashminas, one of them would be likely to work. I'm just wondering about the decollete, which does not seem very flattering?
post #13 of 45
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My son will be staying with his grandma, on visit from Europe, and friends for the afternoon, I wouldn't want to make anyone feel uneasy.
post #14 of 45
Fab,

when we got married, the whole kid thing was very problematic. I think that we were paying about $50 a head per guest, with everything. so a couple bringing 3 kids would add a $150 tab to our bill. I remember the whole period up to the wedding as a great deal of tension about who to invite and who not to - what to have and what not, etc. at the time, I really hated the idea that people I knew slightly might bring their kids and end up costing me money that I could be spending on something that I really wanted.

also - my best friend(who did bring his 3 year old, who was specifically invited)'s 3 year old, sat on the ground in front of the pulpit and played quietly, looking very cute and drawing alot of attention. if we didn't really love the kid and my friend, it would have been very annoying. not that he was doing anything bad, but that he was drawing attention.

at my sisters wedding - when my son was 2, I spent the wedding ceromony in he lobby with my son, to aviod exactly that - my son can attact a lot of attention and I didn't want to take away from my sisters day.


bty - my wife, a member of a very good bogata family, says that in bogata nobody (of her circle) would wear white to a wedding (except the bride), because there are no seasons in bogata.
post #15 of 45
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Globetrotter,

She just told me they invited about 200 people and expect 170 or so to show up. I totally understand, about children at weddings, I have had similar experiences as you.

My friend is, I believe, from a well-to-do family in Medellin.

White: is a sequined off-white shawl acceptable over a dress of another color, such as the one recommended by LAGuy?
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