(Closed) “No Jacket Required?”

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Do I need to tell the guests that there is no jacket required?
    Yes, tell them on the invitation : (4 votes)
    7 %
    Tell them on the website : (21 votes)
    39 %
    Nah, if they want to take their jackets off, they'll take them off. : (28 votes)
    52 %
    Other. : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    3564 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I’ve never heard of telling guests what they DON”T have to wear…that would be like writing, “Tuxes not required,” lol. I think you’re okay to leave it off, and either let guests know by word of mouth that it’s casual, or let them get that idea from the invitation/venue. If the reception is outdoor/on grass, I might put “outdoor reception to follow” on the invitation/reception card, just so people know it’s outdoor and women know not to wear spiky heels.

    Post # 5
    7173 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    I think people will dress for your wedding as they see fit.  If they want to wear a jacket to an outdoor wedding, then so be it.  If you don’t care what people wear (ie: if they are more casual or more formal) then I wouldn’t worry about it.

    I think your venue will dictate the dress.

    Post # 6
    3041 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I voted not to put it, it depends on how cold people get. I know people who wear jackets even in mildly warm weather (myself included!). Maybe put something on the website about what the weather should be like?

    Post # 7
    1363 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    If anything, I would say something along the lines of “Casual attire” rather than specifying no jackets are required.

    Post # 8
    241 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    if it was a formal event I would say make sure everyone know that, same with casual… that all I would tell them people can dress themsevles lol 

    Post # 9
    372 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I wouldn’t say “causal” as people interpret casual in all sorts of ways.  We had friends who did this and the brother of the groom showed up in jeans and a t-shirt.  Yeah. and not nice dressy jeans and a nice shirt, but more like, I just finished mowing the lawn and rolled on into your reception jeans (in fairness, they were clean).  Any guy wearing a jacket will just take the cue from the groomsman and take there’s off (any excuse if it’s hot outside!) Good luck!

    Post # 10
    208 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010 - Claxton Farm

    Mr. Snow desperately wanted to include, “In the eternal words of Phil Collins, No Jacket Required.” on our invite but I vetoed and re-vetoed. 

    I will say, in retrospect, our guests have been crazy insecure about the what-to-wear issue after we assumed they’d think, “Hmm… 5:00 wedding on Sat. with dinner and dancing on farm” and use their best judgement (and we so don’t care what they wear), and thus, left off any dress code suggestions.  I’d recommend something re: dress code. Even “dressy casual attire suggested” or something. 

    Post # 11
    268 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I just put a blurb about the dress on our blog since the Father-In-Law was freaking out about what people were going to wear.  He desperately wanted us to try to get 40 people to “match” our wedding colors. o_O  Aside from Fiance, I don’t expect anyone else to be in a tux and we can care less what people wear.  All we care about is they’re THERE.

    This is what I wrote:

    Suggested Dress: All that we ask is you come clothed in more than underwear and red pants (yes, we know who you are…all of you) ! What you come clothed in is up to you and your other half!

    Post # 12
    13099 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I think you should include a statement about jackets not being required on the invte.  Many people will feel uncomfortable if they show up overdressed for your event (just as they would if obviously underdressed).  And yes, they can take the jacket off but then they have to carry it around, drap it over a chair (so that it is wrinkled and then must be dry cleaned), etc.  People would rather be informed so that they arrive in the proper attire.

    Post # 13
    1046 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    People will want to know what to wear. I’m not sure that “no jacket” will help them figure it out any better though. I’m with Miss Snow–I think “Dressy casual attire” or something similar would be better.

    Post # 14
    2867 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I think most men will dress appropriately (jacket-less) because of the temperature outside since you’re getting married in May in a garden. I don’t think you need to mention it because like previous posters have said – people can interpret casual very differently. Plus jackets are removeable – they could dump them in their cars between the ceremony and reception, it’s not like telling women to come in formal wear but really meaning cocktail attire.

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