(Closed) How to tell people to dress appropriately?

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I was worried about this too. We’re also having an outdoor reception on grass. When I asked friends and family for advice about what to put, most people told me that as long as people know it’s outside, they can assume the shoe situation and to bring a sweater. On the info card I included with my invites (or on a website if you’re having one) I mentioned that it was outdoors. Hopefully people can figure out the rest on their own! πŸ™‚

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

do you have a website? we had an issue like this b/c our wedding was outside in feb. which could be hot or freezing in fl. we wrote something on our website, something like: everything will be outside so make sure you dress for the weather.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I think as long as you mention that it is an outdoor ceremony/reception somewhere (invite insert, website, etc.) you just have to trust that people will use common sense to make themselves comfortable!  You can’t tell people how to dress obviously, but if you hear someone talking about the heels they’re planning on wearing, you could point out to them that you’re worried they’re heels will sink into the lawn!  After that the decision is up to them πŸ™‚

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Ya, that’s essentially what I wrote. And I’m casually reminding friends and family as I see them because I’m anal retentive! πŸ™‚

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

My wedding is outside in July in Florida so we’re facing some of those same issues. My invitation states outdoor reception (we’re doing a private ceremony) and also has a line at the bottom saying something like “we can’t wait to see you there, don’t forget your sunscreen!” We’re also passing information by word of mouth that people should dress comfortably and appropriately due to the heat.

Post # 11
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Honey bee

You can’t say anything. From the information on the invitation, they will have a clue as to where it is located. Beyond that, it is up to them to dress correctly.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Our’s is outside too, with no floor in the tent.  I’m expecting people to pretty much figure it out on their own since it’s at the family farm, but I plan to buy a few pairs of flip-flops at the dollar store just in case.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My cousin had this too.  She indicated on her website that the reception would be outdoors.  Also, she had large baskets of flip flops in all sizes as favors for those who didn’t get the hint. 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@Brianlaura, The 14th’s is actually my birthday too! πŸ™‚  But we really wanted the Friday the 13th, cause our first date was on one.

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