- 6 years ago
- Wedding: January 2012
We’re having a very formal wedding with a masquerade-themed reception. I’ve had tons of guests recently asking what they should wear to the wedding. Right now, we have the following FAQ posted on our website under the reception tab:
Q: Do I have to wear a costume?
A: Certainly not. Traditionally, guests at a masquerade ball wore the popular clothing of the times and then simply added a mask. If you wear a nice dress, suit, or tux, you will fit in just fine.
Q: Then do I have to bring a mask?
A: Please feel free to bring your own mask if you would like. We would love to see anything you bring. However, please do not feel like you must. We will have several masks available for your use at the reception, and we definitely understand if you choose not to wear one at all.
Q: If I want to purchase my own mask, where can I do it?
A: Party City always has quite a collection of masks, as does the Earthbound Trading Company. If you are located in the Dallas area, then you might check out the Dallas Vintage Shop, which has a huge selection. There are also several online dealers, like A Masquerade, The Venetian Mask Society, and Mask Italia. You could also look at Etsy.com for something more unique.
Now, I’m wondering, would it be okay to add to the first question about costumes? I’m thinking about adding something to the end like, “We are encouraging our guests to dress up as much as they would like. Long dresses or ball gowns and tuxes will not look out of place, though we understand that many of you will choose not to wear clothing quite that fancy.” I don’t want to step on any toes by telling the guests what to wear, but I also want to answer their questions.