Post # 1
My venue is a little untraditional in that their caterer doesn’t do tastings. They wait until you book, then they invite all of the people that have booked with them in the past 6 months to a kind of “open house” tasting. Their rationale is that the chef is going to be preparing food for 100-300 people during the wedding, so they want to cook food for 100-300 people so that you get the food experience that your guests will have. I’m fine with that, but…
…what in the world do I wear to this?
It’s from 2-4 on a Sunday afternoon in March.
The venue is a grand ballroom, so it’s pretty fancy:
Any and all advice/suggestions would be welcomed! I have no idea whether I should dress up, or if leggings and a sweater or sweater dress would be ok.
Post # 3
Oo I’m doing one of these too! I was going to wear a dress and treat it as a date with my FI. Definitely not a fancy dress, just a casual dinner dress that isn’t quite in the sundress catagory.
Post # 4
Oooh, that’s really pretty. I agree with Monkeyface (fun name, btw!); I would wear a cute dress that’s in between formal and a sundress.
Post # 5
My venue did this as well (although I couldn’t go – my parents went for me). I’d wear something that you’d wear in an office setting. Nice slacks and a blouse/sweater, cute dress, etc – ie dressy but certainly not formal.
Post # 6
We’re doing the same type of thing as well. I’ll probably go in ‘date night’ clothes, dressy but not formal or even cocktail. Ours allows you 4 extra guests (for parents or bp members, etc), so it’s part date/part business for us, not so much a romantic night.
Post # 7
Is it bad that I think it would hilarious if you showed up in a wedding dress?
And then acted like, “What? I thought this was a trial run!”
Seriously though, I think you’ll probably run into people in business attire, jeans, cocktail dresses – wear what you’re comfortable in!
Post # 8
yeah most people wore business casual to ours.
Post # 9
My caterer did the same thing. To be perfectly honest until I read your post, I did not look at it like an “event” or a “party” – it was a business transaction to me. A fun one, but still. I was the client, they were the vendor. I wore whatever I would be wearing on a regular day, which was probably jeans and a t-shirt and flip flops.
Post # 10
I went to something similar at my venue. It was, as a PP said, a business transaction, so I didn’t worry too much. I went to the tasting straight from work without changing clothes, and my work dress code is pretty relaxed. I showed up in jeans and a sweater.
Post # 11
PLEASE wear a wedding dress. That would be hilarious.
Post # 12
Wow, so this is more common than I thought! Thanks for the advice, girls!
@busterbluth, I don’t really think of it as a party, but I had no idea where to post.
@daydreamwanderer: If the thought of that didn’t mortify me, I think it’d be hilarious, too!
We’ve already booked and paid the down payment, so I’m kind of looking at it as a fun afternoon. I’m excited for it! My FI and I got a +2 from the vendor, so we’re taking my parents. WOOHOO for parent/children double dates! Bahaha.