(Closed) How do I indicate to guests the the wedding is semi-formal?

posted 8 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

What do you envision guests wearing? 

If I received an invitation to a lunch reception, I would probably wear a cute sun dress and my fiance would probably wear khakis and a shirt/tie.  Anything at night or involving dinner I would wear a fancier dress and my fiance would wear a suit.  Do you want guys to wear ties and girls to wear dresses?

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Cocktail Attire?

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

I agree that the fact that it’s lunch already implies a more casual feel.  I would probably still wear a dress but not quite as fancy as a cocktail dress, and I would make my husband wear suit pants with a shirt and tie, but let him skip the jacket.  I would probably dress more like I was attending a shower than if I was attending a formal evening wedding.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

We indicated on our website the appropriate attire for guests to feel comfortable.  We didn’t put anything on the invitations.  Both our Save-The-Date Cards and our invites feature our website address prominently.

So on our website it says “casual” under the rehearsal dinner date, time, and address.  And it says “cocktail attire” under the reception date, time, and address.  I’ve had one or two people already (we’re 3 months out) contact me to ask “how casual” or “would this be OK?”  I think most people know what it means.

If you have room on your reception card, you could put cocktail attire there.  Most people know what that means.  Or on your website you could go into more detail and say “Cocktail attire:  Jackets for the gents, party frocks for the ladies.”

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I do think that a lunch reception implies that its not as dressy and I think most people base their outfit selections on things like that.  Honestly, I would probably not write anything about dress code – sometimes I think this just confuses the matter unless it is clear cut like “Black Tie.”  As a guest, I read attire descriptions and get stressed about whether my outfit matches that description (Is this dress too fancy?  Is it too casual?  etc)  It ends up stressing me out!  People will look nice no matter what 🙂

 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think that “Luncheon Attire Requested” has a nice ring to it.

The extra “eon” makes it sound more dressy than “lunch”, but less dressy than anything taking place at night.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I really don’t think cocktail attire is that fancy. Semi-formal is when you start getting fancy and black tie is when i get annoyed 🙂

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