(Closed) Dress Code in Vancouver

posted 4 years ago in Vancouver
  • poll: How should we word the ceremony dress code, which is Lounge Suit, on an invitation for Vancouver?
    "Lounge Suit" - those who care will know it or google it : (3 votes)
    21 %
    "Business Suits & Dresses" - just tell people exactly what we want them to wear. : (9 votes)
    64 %
    "Kinda Stuffy; you know us!" - poke fun at ourselves, and make it lighter : (0 votes)
    Other - post below. : (1 votes)
    7 %
    I'm posting a joke option below. Enjoy it! : (1 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Etiquette wise…

    Dress Code shouldn’t appear on the Wedding Invite.

    It can however appear on the Reception Cards… bottom right hand corner.

    Lounge Suit = Buisness Suit, and they can come in Light Colours or Dark

    So depending on formal you want to be will determine (hopefully) how dark the suit worn

    Semi Formal = Dark Suits primarily

    Black Tie Optional = Tuxedos or Dark Suits (if people do their research)

    Informal … or any other definition (Country Club Casual, Casual, etc) translate into light coloured suits or a mis-match of items (Docker Pants & Polo Shirts etc)

    Hope this helps (some),

    EDIT TO ADD – Black Tie Optional is a tough dress code … especially for a 1 PM Ceremony.  I think you are going to end up with one or the other…. folks in Tuxes & Long Gowns for Both… or folks in Semi-Formal for both

     

    Post # 4
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I don’t think you have to worry about anybody showing up in a tuxedo to your ceremony.  If anything if you request black tie optional you MIGHT get shirt and tie for the whole thing.  Maybe a jacket from some of the older gentlemen, but don’t be surprised if it’s a light coloured suit. 

    Nobody is going to change clothes between portions, so probably put that out of your head 🙂

    Post # 6
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Agree with @SapphireSun: more than likely it is going to end up being more “casual” than you hope for.

    The cruise line we sail with has exactly the same issue with the general public… too many people today embrace a “casual lifestyle” 24/7×365 that they don’t understand Dress Codes or WHY they exist.  They care ONLY for their own personal comfort (sans jacket and shirt-sleeves).

    Of course the bad end of the stick on this, is you will end up with some folks who don’t care whatsoever about a dress code… and will come TOTALLY CASUAL.  (Inappropriately dressed)

    On the cruise ship the Maitre D’ offers men without a Jacket a spare one they have on hand… those inappropriately dressed entirely they turn away a the door…

    Unfortunately at a Wedding you won’t have this option.

    Sorry…

    EDIT TO ADD

    I may be an Etiquette Snob (in that I know too much about the subject)… but I am also a realist.  So I understand WHY you feel you need to get the message out there.  Personally I’d do it via the Wedding Website (vs the Invite itself).

    Whichever you choose (lol, I’ll turn a blind eye) you might want to state

    Semi-Formal – Businesswear & above.

    That might work…

    BUT chances are SLIM TO NONE that folks are going to switch their clothing before the Reception (again the casual lazy element that is our modern society)

     

    Post # 7
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    9057 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    @Duncan:  if you ask for “semi-formal” you’re going to get slacks/khakis (maybe one’s best jeans if they were “expensive”) and a button down shirt, untucked, no tie.

     

    Post # 9
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    @Duncan:  Very few people wear jean shorts here 😛 

     

    What’s your venue?  There’s a few places that are commonly understood to be “fancy” that people might dress up for.  That said, our agency hosted a ball in honour of visiting British royalty and besides the people who had our uniform that’s automatically quite a high dress code, guests were decidedly underdressed for “formal millitary-esque ball”.

     

    Post # 11
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    TO @Duncan: lol, well hon, then I’d just pull the trigger and put FORMAL or BLACK TIE out there… and see what happens

    Means folks who read it are going to understand the need (your desire) for them to dress up

    In your situation, I’d rather suffer the 2 hours of them over-dressed, than the 10 or so of them under-dressed.

    😉 *wink*

     

    Post # 13
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    9057 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    @Duncan:  Ok, well, if it’s old fancy church, followed by a reception at one of MAYBE 3 hotels that I can think of, people might get it. 

    If you’re at all outdoors (Hycroft, Van Dusen, golf and country clubs) or an offbeat location like a museum… there’s no way you’re getting tuxes.

    Post # 14
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    When was the last time anyone used the term lounge suit here? The whole point of including the dress code is to communicate. If you use terms that are not used commonly in this country, communication will fail.

    If you want them to wear business suits, just say so.

    Post # 15
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Etiquette Snob again…

    The correct phrase is Black Tie

    AND NOT Black Tie Invited.

    Black Tie Invited, comes across as a DIRECTIVE / DEMAND… and is not polite.

    It also conveys the idea that if you aren’t IN BLACK TIE… then you ARE NOT INVITED.

    When dress codes are used they should just be stated plainly & clearly, and unobtrusively.

    Hope that helps,

     

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