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Victoria Beckham and husband David's secret rule for wedding guests unveiled

Emma Bunton and Gary Neville were among the guests at the 1999 Beckham wedding

David Beckham and Victoria Beckham in matching white outfits
Nichola Murphy
Nichola MurphyDeputy Lifestyle Editor
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Victoria and David Beckham reportedly sunk £750k and several years of planning into their 4 July 1999 wedding, so it's hard to believe there wasn't a thought-out reason for their wedding guest rule.

According to the new Netflix docuseries, Beckham, the former Spice Girls star and the England football captain asked their friends and family to wear specific clothing at the celebrations in Luttrellstown Castle, Dublin.

Victoria and David Beckham hand in hand in smart clothing © GOFF PHOTOS
Victoria and David Beckham opened up about their wedding in their Netflix docuseries, Beckham

"And what's this I've been told that the guests can wear anything, so long as it's black?" Ruth Langsford asked in an unearthed TV clip as she reported on the Beckham nuptials, and her guest responded: "Black and white apparently. But it's going to be rather dull, isn't it?"

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The monochrome request was unusual since white is often reserved for the bride, and black has previously been considered funerial. As requested, the likes of Emma Bunton and Gary Neville were spotted wearing a white cowboy hat and an ebony suit respectively.

WATCH: Unseen moments from Victoria and David Beckham's wedding reception

Another behind-the-scenes clip showed David getting ready, slipping on a white shirt to match his cream trousers. Meanwhile, Victoria ditched the classic bright white wedding dress for a champagne-coloured corset frock by Vera Wang, followed by a purple evening gown by Antonio Berardi – so perhaps the rule for guests was to ensure their two unconventional bridal outfits stood out among the crowds.

Vera Wang previously revealed that VB's corset took a whopping four flights between New York City and London in order to perfect the fitting. 

David Beckham and Victoria hugging in leather outfits© Dave Hogan
The couple announced their engagement on January 25, 1998

"I call it the transatlantic dress," she told PEOPLE. "That bodice flew back and forth four times on the Concorde," the 74-year-old added, explaining that travel was necessary because it was made by London-based famous couture corsetiere Mister Pearl.

"It takes about 45 minutes to lace up, and it can take your waist down to literally 18 inches [like] Scarlett O'Hara," Vera said, adding they delayed the process for over a year when Victoria became pregnant with her eldest son Brooklyn Beckham, who was born four months before their big day.

David and Victoria Beckham in matching purple Antonio Berardi outfits© Netflix
They wore matching purple Antonio Berardi outfits to their evening reception

Passing judgment on their second wedding outfits, which were colour-coordinated with their little boy Brooklyn, David laughed on his docuseries: "I tried to think back to when I decided to wear a purple suit. I don't know when that happened. I think I just took Victoria's lead on it."

Fashion designer Victoria maintains her Jessica Rabbit-inspired gown was a reflection of their bold style, stating: "But it was fun. We weren't worried about what people would say. I mean, Christ, how lovely to be that way when you just really don't care."

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