Dress Codes – Decoded

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@lemiller:  Formal and black tie also connote a certain level of reception service. What will your reception be like?

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Double post

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@letigre:  good call. If I rented a dress to go to a black-tie reception and there was a buffet, I would be miffed.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@letigre:  This. Black tie requires premium open bar, band, white glove service,multiple-course meal, after 6pm start, etc.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@lemiller:  If you aren’t having a black tie wedding — and by this account you are not — you really should not dictate a dress code. You can dictate formality with the type of invites, your venue, etc.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@lemiller:  I’d simply say this:

The bridesmaids will be in long gowns and the groomsmen will be in suits (or tux if that’s what you choose). From there, your guests can figure out what to wear…

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

I would say “formal” dress.

Bear in mind that many people dress a dress code down anyway. You don’t want to say “cocktail” or else you’ll end up with people in loungewear!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I would say black tie optional or semi formal.

 

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

I would write “cocktail attire” on the invites.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

My concern is that if you say black tie optional or formal, your guests are going to expect a specific level of service at your reception that you will not be providing. If you feel that your guests will ask about the dress code, then cocktail or semi-formal attire is a safe bet.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I would go with semi-formal too, of you really want to include a line for it.  Hopefully the invites and locale of the service would be enough of a hint, but you never know.

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@lemiller:  you could always go with semi-formal.  this will give the guests the option of suit or tux and long or cocktail length dresses.

keep in mind, if you want a formal or semi-formal dress code, your reception must mimic that.  i would be hesitant with a buffet if the ladies will be in long dresses.  that is way too awkard and a recipe for disaster.  i’m picturing tripping on long hemlines, food flying, guests on the floor.  go with a seated dinner for the comfort of your guests.

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