Post | 06/16/2008 12:00 am

Judith Martin on Who Should and Shouldn't Wear White to Weddings

Judith Martin

A Romanian priest recently set the blogosphere abuzz when he said women should pay a "white dress fine" if they are not virgins when they marry (click here to read the story). Meanwhile, there are others who say the bride should indeed always wear white, but the guests must make sure to wear anything but the "pure" color.

Our Judith Martin sets us straight on who should and shouldn’t wear white to a wedding.

Q: Is it ever not OK for the bride to wear white?

A: The idea that the dress is a kind of truth in packaging statement about the state of the body inside was always an extremely distasteful idea. And it has long been abandoned.

Q: Is it OK for guests to wear white?

A: No, it isn’t. It’s not the greatest crime in the world; but it isn’t OK, either.

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2 Reader Comments (so far…)

Lily Of The Valley

A white dress for a bride is a fairly recent tradition, historically speaking. In some cultures, white is the colour of mourning.

By Lily Of The Valley on 06/16/2008 12:29 pm
Mugsy Peabody

There does seem to be a serious shortage of white tuxes for rental in San Francisco today. Hummmm. Could it have anything to do with gay marriage being legal this afternoon at 5:00? Mazel tov, everyone!!!!!

By Mugsy Peabody on 06/16/2008 2:40 pm