(Closed) How to word “Modest Dress Code” on invitation?

posted 7 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

what about “Church Appropriate Attire”?

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Can’t help you out on wording, but I would suggest delegating someone to bring a few sweaters/shawls in case people forget.  I remember going to sites in India where they made us females wear coverups even though we were already fully covered (very annoying, but, their temple, their rules).

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Mrs. Meowerson:  I don’t think that’s strong enough because there is variance in what people wear at churches and some may think it optional (and be upset they are being told that).  At my parent’s current church for example, several people regularly wear jeans – not what I’d consider normal “church attire!”

Maybe “Modest Dress Required by Church/Temple/etc.” ?  or reversed “Church/Temple/house of Worship Requires Modest Attire”?  Requests is a nicer way to phrase it, but it sounds like this is not optional so you don’t want to suggest it is and have someone show up wrong and not get in.  And this will flag it for them to look at the website for more details.  Or just vigorously pass the word in person to everyone?  Or, if the place of worship has their own blurb on it, copy that onto a separate sheet of paper and include with the invitation but not on the invitation.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

“Church appropriate attire” changes by location.

Go ahead and put “modest formal attire” and then people will inquire for details. Be prepared for lots of phone calls.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I know a lot of churches that allow tank tops and such. I’d be really specific. I’d specifically say “Due to church requirements, skirts must be knee-length and shoulders must be covered.” And if there are any requirements for men (like no jeans), you should mention that too. It’s better to politely explain than risk embarassing someone.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

MAKE IT PLAIN AND CLEAR, BECAUSE PEOPLE WEAR HALTER DRESSES TO CHURH NOW!!!! 

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

MAKE IT PLAIN AND CLEAR, BECAUSE PEOPLE WEAR HALTER DRESSES TO CHURH NOW!!!! 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@MissKatelyn:  I agree that you should be as specific as possible.  Maybe a small note on the enclosure card (if you have one) that the ceremony venue requires that shoulders and knees be covered.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Maybe, Traditional Church Attire Requested or Church Requests Modest Attire.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I have a similar issue. I included this on the website “Out of respect for the sacred nature of the wedding mass and church, ladies are expected to have their shoulders covered while in the church building.”

And then I’m including an extra sheet of paper (along with formal invite and reply card,) that will have everything else: the above sentence, hotel accomodations, reception information, and website.

I’m not providing shawls or anything, (since technically the church only requires the *bridesmaids* to have their shoulders covered, since obviously that’s the easiest to enforce,) and I’m just expecting most people will read this (and probably roll their eyes, but I don’t care,) and if a couple ladies forget and show up with lots of exposed skin, then they will just feel out of place!

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