(Closed) No jeans allowed at venue

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
6015 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

What time is your wedding? You could do the semi-formal attire on the invites and put that it’s the venue regulations…. and you could spread it thru word of mouth.

Post # 4
662 posts
Busy bee

Agreed.  Put semi formal attire required in the invitations.  If you put suggested it still seems like an option.


Also make sure it is on the wedding website if you have one

Post # 6
4803 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I find it hard to believe that someone would wear jeans to a wedding, especially one at a golf course, but you can put “semi-formal attire” on the invite without being rude!

Post # 7
7609 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I wouldn’t think it was rude if I received an invitation with “semi-formal attire” on it.  🙂

Then again, I can’t imagine wearing jeans to a wedding….haha.

Post # 8
637 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@allegrovivo:  if you think you will come off as rude, consider noting that the venue requires semi-formal attire as dress code.  That way people understand it wasn’t you 🙂



Post # 9
2233 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Juliepants:  I know! I don’t think I would ever even think to wear jeans to a wedding.

OP, I think you’re ok to just put “Semi Formal Attire”, no one will be offended.

Post # 10
3175 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I don’t think it’s rude to put “semi-formal attire” on the invitations. First of all, it will make things easier because people won’t have to guess the formality of the event. Second of all, does anyone really wear jeans to any kind of wedding?

Post # 12
1629 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Semi-formal attire sounds to me like a lot of men are going to come in (nice) jeans with blazers.

In my experience, if you say formal dress requested, you will get a lot of semi-formal dress with a few fancy folks.

Post # 13
5662 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

If you are doing an info card you can put it there. I have one which mentions wearing lawn appropriate shoes. Our website,directions etc. I wouldnt want to put it on my actual invitation card if I could help it

Post # 14
11167 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@MademoiselleL:  Umm my FI’s family does this on a regular basis…it drives me crazy!!!


OP there is absolutely no reason to not include the dress code, it isn’t rude. My invites said “formal attire requested” and I also included further elaboration of what was and wasn’t okay on the website for anyone who had questions (ie; his family).

I don’t know if semi-formal is enough, considering your evening wedding. What about this “cocktail attire requested.” When I hear cocktail I think anything but jeans.


Post # 16
331 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

Perhaps “cocktail” would be a better choice of phrase than “semi-formal”?

Semi-formal may create some confusion (I would think jeans and a blazer for the men). There have always been a few people who rock up in jeans at every wedding I’ve been to, but you’d know who these people are likely to be. Maybe you could speak to them individually and hint at it?

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