Post # 1
I’m back, hoping to rely on your insightfulness and cleverness once again!
My rehearsal dinner is going to be in the Keys, on a beachy area. its not quite a beach, with ocean waves lapping at the sand. instead, in most areas of the Keys, there is a sandy (man-made) beach , and then ocean comes up to rocks.
Anyway, we’d like to suggest attire for our guests. Original, we wanted to say "Dinner is on the beach, so we suggest sundresses or capri pants for women, and shorts and collared button downs for men. Flip flops optional!" However, that is a lot of wording for a small invitation. Plus, my Fiance thinks its rude to tell people exactly what to wear, as if there is a specific dress code.
Then we thought about saying "Casual Tropical attire- flip flops optional." But that sounds like we want people to wear Hawaiian shirts, and that is not the case!
However, someone else thought mentioning shorts/slacks for the guys might be a good idea, because otherwise, people might think they need to wear formal clothes for a rehearsal dinner, no matter where it is at.
Any suggestions for how we could convey that we recommend people dress casually because its is on the beach, yet not wear bathing suits and short shorts?????
Post # 3
This is a tough one. I Googled the heck out this scenario and ran across these descriptions:
- Formal Beachwear
- Beachwear Chic
- Casual Beachware or
- Casual Attire
My mom went to a beach wedding last summer and the invite said, "Casual attire, shoes optional!" But it sounds like you want them in shoes 🙂
Post # 4
Oh boy… when I said "Flip flops optional" I wanted it to convey that they could wear flip flops if they wanted– otherwise barefoot since it was on the beach. I guess it sounds like they could wear flip flops, but I’d prefer other shoes??
Maybe I should say "Beach casual– kakhis and capris and flip flops…"
Post # 5
I think "Beach casual– kakhis and capris and flip flops…" is good.
These people did a similar description and it worked:
"Beach casual– kakhis and capris and flip flops…"
I also just ran across someone who listed it as "Flip Flop Fancy."
Silly but it works 🙂
Post # 6
Just wanted to follow up on this… I LOVE FLIP FLOP FANCY! I thought that was so cute!
But in the end, we ended up mentioning at the top of the invite that it was on the beach ("Join us for a rehearsal dinner on the beach…") and then at the bottom we added "Beach chic- khaki shorts, sundresses or capri’s." We weren’t going to add SHORTS, but I think that sets the tone for the guys (so they don’t show up in long khakis and long sleeve button downs), which also helps set the tone for the ladies since they know the guys will be casual.
Thanks sooooo much for your help Mrs. Leopard.