Do You Wear Black to a Celebration of Life?

Updated on September 28, 2011
A.S. asks from Eugene, OR
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We live in the type of town, dressing up you wear your good pair of jeans. Suits are only seen at the court house. Is a celebration of life different than a funeral in dress? What would you wear to it?

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answers from Austin on

You can if you want, Maybe add some pretty jewelry or a scarf.. but most people wear a color for the season.. Since it is fall, something "fallish" would be fine.

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answers from St. Louis on

pretty much anything goes at funerals in today's world. We always rely on "business casual" or "church clothes"....

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answers from Washington DC on

We called my friend's funeral a Celebration of Life but it was still a funeral. I would err on the side of a dark print. I wore purple and black with flowers. Ask the family. Friend's wife wore a simple black dress. However, when my DH's grandmother died, they specified that everybody should wear red, so ask.

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answers from Phoenix on

a dark flower print would be nice........not too obvious in color

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answers from Norfolk on

It depends on the family of the deceased person and what their preference is.
Our family just does not go for balloons and confetti at funerals.
We do memorials - remembering, pictures of the deceased, etc.
Funerals are for the living, but a lot of the time the living are in deep grief over the loss of their loved one and trying to figure out how they are going to go on with this huge hole in their lives.
A party atmosphere is not what everyone wants - for some it's too much like people are glad that someone died (Ding Dong the Witch is Dead) - and people should respect the familys wishes with regard to the tone of a funeral.

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answers from Des Moines on

No, you do not wear black. You would wear something bright and happy.
Ask the family what the persons favorite color was or something and that might help. I wouldn't wear black.

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answers from Austin on

When my niece passed away, a lot of us wore purple... it was her favorite color!

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answers from New York on

We went to a memorial this year where the family specifically said wear "all the colors of the rainbow." It suited the person who passed away very well since she was a very colorful person. Otherwise usually office causal is dressy enough--medium to darker neutrals, some color but not something too bright is fine.

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answers from Honolulu on

My late Dad's service, was a celebration of life.
In Hawaii, people wear aloha shirts or dress up.
Its fine.
It is casual here.
But some people, just per their personality, they will dress up and/or wear clothing that is dark colored or black.

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