(Closed) Is Business casual too “Business”?

posted 10 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
169 posts
Blushing bee

I think you are looking for “resort wear.” Casual sun dresses for the ladies and nice slacks with a casual button down for the guys.

Post # 4
4136 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i don’t think you need to say anything. i’ve never seen anyone wear jeans to a wedding. obviously, you know your invitees better than i do, so maybe you could spread it by word of mouth or put it on the website if you think you have to say something. i wouldn’t call it business casual though, maybe casual cocktail?

Post # 5
1692 posts
Bumble bee

As far as etiquette goes, putting the words “business casual” on your invitation were as acceptable as “formal” would be. That’s because etiquette (as held by the highest sticklers) forbids you to suggest that your guests don’t have the good judgement to figure out how to dress themselves. They’re supposed to figure that out from the style of the invitation (and to know that bluejeans and t-shirts are unacceptable unless the invitation features a harley-davidson or similar t-shirt appropriate theme).

Nothing, however, says you have to follow the most proper etiquette rules if you know they wouldn’t work for your social circle. If you move in circles where people *do* put “formal” on their formal invitations, because they know their friends do *not* already know bluejeans are inappropriate, then feel equally free to put “business casual” on your informal invitations if that is what most clearly communicates to your friends what it is you expect of them.

Post # 6
5988 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

i’ve never seen anyone wear jeans to a wedding.

One of my co workers married at Curzon Hall (beautiful castle/venue) and 2 guys in their mid 20’s were wearing jeans, tees and one wore flip flops and a baseball cap the entire time – you know the stupid hat where they wear it turned to the side like a teenager *grit teeth*

how about “smart casual” instead of business casual?  is that a term thats used in the US??


Post # 8
57 posts
Worker bee

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@kitzy: i went to a wedding last year and one of the guests (a co-worker) wore jeans.  i couldn’t believe it.  everyone was dressed in suits and he had on jeans.  so it IS possible.  just sayin’!  🙂

Post # 9
166 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Friends of mine put “informal but dressy” on their wedding website.  I think that gets the point across nicely while still giving guests a comfortable range of options.

Post # 10
3670 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I’ve seen people wear jeans and even t-shirts before.  Because of this, we put cocktail attire on our invitations to make sure everyone dresses nicely.  We put it on our website too but not everyone has a computer/can work a computer very well.  I do like the suggested idea of informal but dressy for what you’re going for though.  

Post # 11
5091 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

I agree that you should just write it on your website.  I have definitely been to weddings where people wore jeans.  That being said, if you have friends or family who are really set on jeans, they may just wear jeans no matter what kind of guidelines you give them.  🙁

Post # 12
2201 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’d term the dress code as “Garden Party” – it sounds so festive Smile

Post # 13
10357 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

What about “Sunday Best”. Tells people to dress up, but lets them know there won’t be cocktail dresses involved.

Post # 14
987 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

 I’d write ‘Smart Casual’ or ‘Informal but dressy’.  That should eliminate the denim.  Or perhaps write ‘no denim’ in brackets if you think people might wear it. 

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I would think cocktail dress by the word ‘Sunday Best’

Post # 16
803 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

in my mind, you could also put “cocktail attire” which would be a dress for women and slacks and a button up shirt for men.  I like “Sunday bests” but to me that sounds more like an afternoon brunch rather than an evening affair.

and yes, people are completly stupid sometimes.  jeans at a wedding – ha! morons.

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