- 6 years ago
- Wedding: June 2012
I haven’t seen a thread like this anywhere on Weddingbee, so I thought I would ask if any other brides had a similar experience and what they thought…
We had a semi-formal early-evening garden wedding this summer, followed by a reasonably formal reception at a local hotel ballroom. This was a “destination” wedding for at least half the guest list, including my family, and many of them chose to join us at the hotel for the weekend. I can’t recommend this enough — it was really convenient to know that when we and our guests arrived at the reception, we didn’t have to go anywhere else that night!
Both the wedding and reception went wonderfully — great food, great fun, great memories. But something a bit strange did happen part of the way through the reception. Once the dancing started, a few of my relatives went and changed OUT of their dressy clothes into casualwear — sports jerseys, jeans, shorts and the like. Something you would wear to hang out by the pool, rather than to be at a semi-formal event.
Yes, some of these people were kids or were people with kids. But these kids, for the most part, weren’t little kids. I totally understand that preschoolers have a limited amount of tolerance for formal clothes, but these were mostly “tweens” and young teenagers. Lest you all think this is a rant about kids in disguise, I should say that not all of the kiddos present changed clothes — at least one set of similarly-aged kids stayed in their dress clothes all night and still got down on the dance floor. And some of the people who changed were adults much older than myself!
I want to stress that this did not ruin our night by any means. I was even asked by one family if they could go do this, and I gave my permission without hesitating. (I mean, what else was I supposed to say?) But am I right to think that this was a little bit weird? As a kid, I never would have expected to change clothes halfway through a dressy event (nor would my parents have allowed me to), and I CERTAINLY wouldn’t do this as an adult attending someone else’s event. My husband agrees that he also would never have been allowed to do this. (And, um, no one on HIS side went to change, so I believe him.)
So what do you think, bees? Were certain branches of my family acting a little less than classy, or am I too uptight?