Post # 1
We are having a welcome dinner the night before our wedding for all our guests where we will be serving bbq. We also are having the photographer come.
We want to put a dress code on the invitations. While it is a casual event we don’t want people to be too casual… jeans and button down shirt is great, but ripped jeans and a t-shirt, not great. We are hoping people would wear what they wear to a dinner party or out to dinner with friends.
I am concerned if we just put casual, and since people know it is bbq, that they won’t come looking nice. I wouldn’t care too much, except we are having the photographer present.
We are thinking about putting ‘”Out to Dinner” Casual’ on the Invitation. Would this just confuse people? I don’t like Business Casual or Dressy Casual (mostly because we went to another event where they put Dressy Casual and everyone was dressed in Cocktail Attire)… Informal is okay, but an internet search says this is technically semi-formal attire.
Post # 3
Hmm…I think I would be confused with an invite that said “out to dinner” casual. What about adding a line that said something like please no ripped jeans or flipflops instead?
Post # 4
I would put “classy casual” or something like that. Semiformal makes me think of the eight grade dance…clammy hands, bad memories.
Hope that helps!
Post # 5
@mrsv2be: I think that “classy casual” is a nice way to put it if you need to–
the out to dinner option sounds weird to me
Post # 6
I do like Classy Casual. But, I’m thinking that may confuse people just as much. Maybe I’ll just put “Casual” and let word get out that there will be a photographer so they will hopefully choose their best casual outfit. It is a November wedding, so I don’t have to worry too much about the shorts and a t-shirt look. I have no problem with people wearing flip-flops.
Post # 7
I don’t think that adults need a dress code and it’ll just confuse them. It’s a rehearsal dinner BBQ–they’ll know not to come looking like bums! A friend of mine had a catered BBQ in a park for her rehearsal and the guys wore khakis and polos and the girls wore sundresses and light skirts. Also, i think a lot of people would wear jeans out to dinner with their friends….so i’m not sure that works =]. Since it’s november, sounds like people will be covered up–probably peacoats, etc.
Post # 8
jeans are definately fine. My FI will most likely wear jeans and button down shirt. I plan to wear some sort of white short dress, but I have no problem with girls or guys wearing jeans and a nice shirt. I guess our dress code really is Casual. And @ejs4y8 you probably are right… people won’t come looking like bums… hopefully! The wedding is in Texas, so it could be close to 80 degrees or it could be at 50 degrees on an early November evening.