(Closed) "Garden Party Formal"– what does this mean?

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Busy bee

your outfit sounds perfect!  dressy casual, sounds like the theme of my friend’s tea party bridal shower.  everyone wore sundresses, wedges, some people wore woven sunhats.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Gosh, people sure do want to confuse guest with dress code anymore, huh?

What you are describing sounds great!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

The first thing I think when I hear “garden party formal” is no heels. Heels sink into the ground and make ugly holes in the grass/dirt cakes on your shoes, not to mention it’s downright uncomfortable. Second thing I would think is that your clothes should be outside weather appropriate whereas you might not take the weather into consideration for an indoor wedding. I think that the “formal” implies that she wants you to dress nice with all that in mind.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

Things like this kind of irritate me. “Garden Party Formal” is not a dress code. Even “formal” isn’t actually a dress code: http://www.emilypost.com/everyday-manners/your-personal-image/69-attire-guide-dress-codes

From what I can imagine that this could possibly mean, what you’re wearing sounds acceptable, and really cute. But I’d wear wedges or flats–like a PP said, if the ground is at all moist, your stilettos will sink right in, and that’s a really good way to ruin some shoes 🙁

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Awww…geez.  It’s like people are trying to be confusing!

I think what you’re planning on sounds great.  Honestly, I picture something like what is worn at a garden party at Buckingham palace.  Like this:

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think it means “look quite smart but bear in mind you’ll be outside so take the weather into account”.

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