Dress Code Help!

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
2565 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Unless you are having a truly black tie/white tie wedding or there is a dress code provided by your venue you cannot dictate what your guests wear.  Spreading it by word of mouth if people ask is the most appropriate way but they are still capable of dressing themselves.

Post # 3
248 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

julesbeeb: We (lets be real, I am) struggling with this one, too. We definitely want our gentlemen in slacks and jackets and ladies in nice dresses. I think it’s a great idea to offer visuals, but I wonder if making it lighthearted (snappy captions) and a list of things to not wear would come across better. I had not thought of Pinterest, but you know your audience and if they’d gravitate toward that medium, then go for it!

Post # 4
2395 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

No. Adults can dress themselves, and even if they can’t, it’s not your place to tell them what to wear. Besides, your “dress code” is just normal wedding attire.

Post # 5
42089 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

julesbeeb:  You know your guests best. If I were to receive a link to a Pinterest Board I would find it very condescending of the bride. I would stick with the classic dress code description.

Formal means that you have the option not to wear a tie. Sports coat is usually preferred. For women, long evening gowns and cocktail dresses are appropriate.

Cocktail Attire means short, elegant dresses for her and dark suits for him. The little black dress is the ultimate cocktail dress and appropriate for most special occasions.

Dressy Casual calls for dressed-up versions of casual looks. For him, it could be trousers and a sport coat, for her a dressy pants look. Jeans, shorts, T-shirts and other casual looks are not appropriate

Casual basically means anything goes. If you want you can be specific as to what you don’t want your guests wearing. For example, khakis are appropriate, but no jeans or sneakers.

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