(Closed) Just curious– how formal is your wedding?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
  • poll: How formal is your wedding?
    White Tie or White Tie Invited : (1 votes)
    1 %
    Black Tie or Black Tie Invited : (16 votes)
    8 %
    Formal or Formal Invited : (52 votes)
    27 %
    Semi-Formal or Semi-Formal Invited ( I think the technical term for this is "Informal") : (52 votes)
    27 %
    Business Casual Invited : (25 votes)
    13 %
    Casual (including beach wear for desination weddings) : (14 votes)
    7 %
    Anything, so long as they can come! : (10 votes)
    5 %
    More formal than all these options. : (0 votes)
    Other (come on, I have to have an "other.") : (2 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 3
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    5654 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I gues it would be semi-formal…

    I mean the bridal party match & the guys will be in tuxes (with chucks), we’re having a brunch and I’m definitely not down with Jeans attire, BUT we are having a very off-beat wedding so I couldn’t say “formal”.. even though we’re having all the traditional wedding off-beat “elements” lol

    Post # 4
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    3222 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    ours is semi-formal…it’s in our backyard, but it’ll be really well done. The GMs are wearing grey suits, so that kind of sets the tone in my eyes. 

    Post # 5
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    3624 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I’m not sure I know the difference between white tie & black tie??

    Post # 6
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    3254 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    We are having a back-yard wedding, so I would definitely say that’s casual!

    I also don’t know the difference between white and black tie?

    Post # 7
    Member
    2091 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Extremely casual! Backyard picnic/BBQ πŸ™‚ 

    Post # 8
    Member
    600 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I believe mine is more of an inbetween semi-formal and black tie. The ceremony is an elegant beach location, not in the sand, but stunning ocean view and very classy old hasienda feel, and the groomman will be in black tuxedos with navy blue bow ties, and the girls will be in long strapless dresses. The reception is in the city in a private location that is within a very elegant performing art center.. we aren’t asking people to come in black ties but think the dress will be a step above business attire.

    I’m very excited to see everyone all dolled up! πŸ™‚

    Post # 9
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    2103 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I don’t know what business casual invited means?  I think ours is casual, but I expect women to wear dresses and men to wear slacks..

    Post # 10
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    966 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    We’re somewhere between casual and business casual.  Basically anything more formal than a t-shirt.

    Post # 11
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    1890 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I think white tie is more formal than black tie, but I could be wrong.

    Ours will be semi-formal.  It will be in the evening at a country club, and my girls will be in short (but really pretty) embellished cocktail dresses, and the guys will be in tuxes.  String trio at the ceremony, DJ for the reception/cocktail, open bar, seated dinner. 

    Then we’re having a totally casual backyard party at my mom’s the next day.  Jeans and sundresses, live jazz band, big tent (in case of rain), and probably just kegs and wine and maybe some fruity cocktails.

    We didn’t actually write “semi-formal” on the invites, I think b/c it’s at a country club it’s kinda assumed.

    Post # 13
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    3977 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Wow, I’m surprised that so many people’s are formal.

    I imagine most people will dress up but it’s gonna be pretty casual and I don’t care what people wear. Jeans, shorts, flip flops…whatever. We’re 3 blocks from the beach in California and right at the beginning of summer vacation, I think I’d be crazy to expect black tie!

    Post # 14
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    600 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    @Pomapoo: Both your parties sound so fun! I think i’d like to go! πŸ˜› We are having a live swing/jazz band at our reception, props for the live band πŸ˜‰

    Post # 15
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    353 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    @.twist.

    White tie: really formal and usually worn to very posh balls. Men usually wear a tail coat, a waistcoat, and a white bow tie. Women wear full length evening gowns and usually elbow length gloves.

    Black tie: the men wear a dinner jacket or tuxedo, a white winged collar shirt and black bow tie. Women can wear long gowns or cocktail dresses, depending on how formal it is. Gloves aren’t usually necessary.

    I know all this nonsense because Cambridge has loads of very formal balls!

    Post # 16
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    3624 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @froydis: & @ellabee: Thanks for clarifying!

    With that, I think our wedding is between formal & black tie.

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