Post # 1
Happy Friday Bees!
I am having my ceremony and reception at the same location. Our venue is pretty fancy and I don’t want people to be casual. I would like the men in suits and the women in cocktail dresses. I don’t really care for Black Tie Optional or Preferred. I don’t want people to think they have to get a tux or long dress. Can I use Formal Attire Required or Preferred?
Do I put the dress code on the ceremony invitation or the reception card (I am having both even though it is at the same location).
Thanks for the help!
Post # 3
Formal usually means the same as Black Tie. Semi-Formal or After Five means that tuxes are not required, nor are long dresses. An evening wedding (after 6 PM) would still dictate dark suits for him, and a cocktail dress for her. Daytime semi-formal events mean a suit for him and an appropriate short dress or dressy suit for her. Cocktail Attire means short, elegant dresses for her and dark suits for him.
I put “black tie optional” on my reception card (though some Bees disagree with this practice). I felt that I didn’t want to chance someone feeling out of place because they “didn’t get the memo!”
Post # 4
I agree with @Kikiski:. Put it on the reception card. As for the website part, in all honesty, I’ve only actually ever checked out two wedding websites in my life – and that was because they asked me what I thought of it. I would want it some place where you know all of the guests will see it (=.
Post # 5
I have seen “casual elegance required,” and thought it’s a nice way of saying “hey ya’ll please wear something nice and appropriate to my wedding, but you don’t have to dress in formal long gowns or tuxes!”
Oh, and it should go on reception card
Post # 6
I love the dress code “suits and sparkles” it’s fun but still implies formal 🙂