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Miss Manners: Guests Are Not Required To Dress For Theme Wedding

DEAR MISS MANNERS: For a wedding, is it rude to indicate a preferred color of dress? Is it rude to do so on the invitation or on a card sent with the invitation — by saying, “The wedding is fall themed, please favor colors such as red, orange, and yellow”?

I’m just looking to provide helpful suggestions if people want to match the wedding’s theme. I’ve never had to write wedding invites before, and I really want to avoid being rude about it. The colors wouldn’t be a requirement or something like that — people can wear what they want as long as it’s something nice.

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