Post # 1
Hi bees! I am considering using a pinterest board as a way to show guest our dress code. We are in between semi-formal and black tie optional aka no tuxes but suits/nice dresses are encouraged. Is this too much? Not sure how else to define it and I don’t want everyone calling me. Most of my guests have not been to a wedding in years and are very casual like most people in California. Thoughts?
Post # 2
Unless you are having a truly black tie/white tie wedding or there is a dress code provided by your venue you cannot dictate what your guests wear. Spreading it by word of mouth if people ask is the most appropriate way but they are still capable of dressing themselves.
Post # 3
julesbeeb: We (lets be real, I am) struggling with this one, too. We definitely want our gentlemen in slacks and jackets and ladies in nice dresses. I think it’s a great idea to offer visuals, but I wonder if making it lighthearted (snappy captions) and a list of things to not wear would come across better. I had not thought of Pinterest, but you know your audience and if they’d gravitate toward that medium, then go for it!
Post # 4
No. Adults can dress themselves, and even if they can’t, it’s not your place to tell them what to wear. Besides, your “dress code” is just normal wedding attire.
Post # 5
julesbeeb: You know your guests best. If I were to receive a link to a Pinterest Board I would find it very condescending of the bride. I would stick with the classic dress code description.
Formal means that you have the option not to wear a tie. Sports coat is usually preferred. For women, long evening gowns and cocktail dresses are appropriate.
Cocktail Attire means short, elegant dresses for her and dark suits for him. The little black dress is the ultimate cocktail dress and appropriate for most special occasions.
Dressy Casual calls for dressed-up versions of casual looks. For him, it could be trousers and a sport coat, for her a dressy pants look. Jeans, shorts, T-shirts and other casual looks are not appropriate
Casual basically means anything goes. If you want you can be specific as to what you don’t want your guests wearing. For example, khakis are appropriate, but no jeans or sneakers.
Post # 6