Post # 1
We are having a tent wedding at my parents’ place and I’m very concerned that some guests might not realize that it IS supposed to be a dressy, semi-formal occasion even though it’s not being held in a hotel ballroom. So I wanted to add a brief note about attire on our website and on the info card (with directions, etc) that we’re including with the invitation.
I was going to just say “semi-formal attire, please” or something like that, but I feel like I should also give them (the ladies in heels, specifically) a warning that they will be walking through grass at various times and may want to choose their footwear accordingly. How can I say that politely without it sounding like I’m trying to pick out their shoes for them?
Post # 3
I used pretty formal language on our invites and then wrote “Outdoor reception to follow immediately”. I hope that the formality of the tone combines well with letting people know we will be outside means people showing up dressed appropriately (ie not in jeans!) but also ready for the site conditions.
Post # 4
Good point… maybe I’ll just mention something about it being outside without directly mentioning shoes/grass. Thanks! 🙂
Post # 5
I think many people would appreciate the direct approach-
Dressy attire appropriate- Garden wedding on the lawn
Post # 6
Okay, so right now I have:
“Semi-formal attire is requested for our outdoor ceremony and reception.”
But I’m not really crazy about the word “requested.” Would “appropriate” sound better? I don’t love that either though…
I fully realize that this is a dumb thing to obsess over, but oh well.
Post # 7
Yes, I think appropriate is nicer and still gets the point across:)
Post # 8
eh, it’s better to tune it up now than have to deal with mad ladies with hunks of grass on their shoes 😉
Are there any areas in particular that you think people will be walking on? Could you get some kind of surface to put down in heavy traffic areas? Can you get cheap flip flop baskets together?
Post # 9
Well, most of the time people WILL be on solid surfaces… at least during the reception. Inside the tent will be solid. It’s mostly just walking to/from cars and to/from the ceremony site on the front lawn, which isn’t very far.
Personally, if I were a guest, I’d be fine in heels just for those times. As the bride though, I’m wearing more grass-friendly shoes just so I don’t fall on my face walking down the aisle. 🙂