(Closed) Cocktail Attire

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

i think the same….cocktail dresses and suits…

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I tried but I couldn’t think of anything else that you would wear for “cocktail attire”.  I suppose I could see some men not wearing a suit, but slacks and a nice shirt or sweater.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Mrs. Meowerson: you know your guests better than we do…i’d say ask around within your family and friends…..i know the men in my family would definitely not wear suits even if i said black tie event… :-/ i literally have to spread the word by mouth that i would appreciate it if they wore suits….

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Did a little google search… There seem to be a few buzz-words flying around that imply the dress-code is more on the dress side (I ran across “Texas Black Tie”).  However, I would avoid wording like “suit/tie required” on an invite… seems too bridezilla-ish.

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper

I just got an invitation for a charity dinner and it said “cocktail attire’.  I think that’s an easy one for the guys:  suit, dress shirt, tie.  But for the ladies?  I have a dress in mind, and would easily wear it to a wedding, but I’m thinking it’s too short/low-cut for a charity dinner.  

Do you think there are ‘rules’ when it comes to appropriate cocktail attire for ladies, based on the event?

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

This is what we wanted to do, too! I was inspired by my friend who did it last year. Girls wore mostly knee-length or shorter dresses appropriate for evening and guys wore either suits or nice pants with a nice button down shirt with a tie. I don’t think I saw anyone more casual than that.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I think of suits.  Definitely jackets, tie optional.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

If you want the men to wear jackets you really need to specifiy it on the invitation. Even if the wording sounds “bridezillaish” it is what you want and it’s better to specify than be upset on your wedding day. “Cocktail attire jackets required” is perfectly acceptable.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Mrs. Meowerson: I think most wore suits or at least jackets (maybe not a full suit, but a blazer and pants), but there were a few who didn’t wear jackets. I agree with MrsTimber that it should be fine to list “jackets required” under attire if it’s important to you!

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