(Closed) Dressy Casual – worried people will think it means "nice jeans"

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
2065 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Semi-formal maybe? That’s what we requested on our website and we got exactly what you wanted. 🙂 I think what you were planning to put on the website sounds fine. Anyone that lives in Texas should know how to dress for the heat!

Post # 5
1684 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Could you get away with calling it business casual?  I think everyone knows what that means

Post # 6
2183 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

I second business casual. Might sound a little weird for your wedding, but it gets the point across.

Post # 7
3697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Call it semi-formal or business casual.  Anything in there (though they mean drastically different things) will probably get you what you want. 

I do think of “nice jeans” when you say smart casual or dressy casual.  With a blazer or nice top and heels, of course, but I’d think that would include jeans. 

Post # 8
2226 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

When I read dressy casual, I’d expect people to show up in their nice jeans so the examples will be key!

Post # 9
5400 posts
Bee Keeper

Yeah I would say “Attire is similar to business casual for the gentlemen, and summer dresses for the ladies.” Or something similar. You could even say similar to church clothing. But I would be careful not to make them think they have to be too modest either with the mention of business casual and church. 

Post # 10
11384 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@BeachBride2014:  +1

You could say something like Dress attire Semi-Formal (Business Casual.) So it doens’t sound to weird, but your guests get the point.

Post # 11
436 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I think if you’re wanting people to dress a certain way, you have to say, “Dressy Casual means sun dresses for ladies and slacks for gentlemen.” I thought by sending out super expensive, nice invitations people would kind of get a clue about what to wear–NOPE! If you don’t tell them exactly what to wear, people are lost! 

Post # 12
2335 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I think dressy casual is correct for your situation.  Maybe say “Our wedding will be dressy casual.  We suggest looking snazzy in slacks and a button-up for men, and a dress or casual separates for the ladies.”

Post # 13
1548 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

No matter what the dress code said, I would never show up to a wedding in jeans. I don’t know anyone else who would either. But I guess you could just say “dressy casual” 

Post # 14
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Based on your description I think dressy casual sounds right, but I also think some people will interpret that as jeans. I would say semi formal and people can take that a number of ways – wear something summery and outdoorsy but not jeans. At least that’s how I’d read it. 

Post # 16
257 posts
Helper bee

On my wedding website I wrote:

Attire: Dressy-Casual

He should wear: Dress pants or dress shorts with a button-down shirt or polo.

She should wear: Summer sundress or a skirt or pants with a nice blouse.

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