(Closed) Rehersal Dinner Dress Code

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I am also having a black-tie optional wedding and our rehearsal dinner is at a winery.  While the venue has not required us to dress a certain way, I think it’s implied that the dress code of the rehearsal dinner is similar to that of the wedding.  Also, most people should realize the venue also lends some insight into the dress code.  Someone’s backyard=sundress.  Historic hotel=semi-formal.

With that being said, not everyone gets the clue.  I would tell people to please dress in semi-formal or business formal attire, as the venue requires it.  This shouldn’t bother people coming in because if they are informed, they’ll be prepared.  Women will make sure their hair and makeup is nice and they will change into a dress pretty quickly.  They might also leave a bit earlier to make sure they have enough time to freshen up.  Men are easy and can just put on a tie or whatever.  People won’t be turned away–I mean, it’s a wedding!  No one loves to get dressed up (well, some of us do lol) but they expect it at a wedding.  I wouldn’t worry about asking them to dress up a little.  Most of the people at a rehearsal dinner are in your wedding or they’re are family, so they will be happy to accomodate you! 🙂

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I don’t think so. Don’t people usually dress up to go to dinner anyways? I don’t expect to even have to tell people to dress up for my rehearsal because I think that by the venue chosen, they’ll know how to dress appropriately.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

It shouldn’t bother anyone. I would expect to dress up for a rehearsal dinner.. esp if it was somewhere nice.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

I think it’s pretty normal to dress of for the Rehearsal Dinner too. As long as they know in advance, I don’t see it being a problem.

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper

I think people who don’t like to dress up might be a little uncomfortable, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with requesting this!  Especially if the venue dictates the dress.

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Can you put the attire or dress code request on the invitation? I often see party invitations that have space for “Dress Code” in the bottom right corner, maybe just but “Cocktail Attire”

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Can you put the attire or dress code request on the invitation? I often see party invitations that have space for “Dress Code” in the bottom right corner, maybe just but “Cocktail Attire”

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I think as long as you let people know “cocktail attire” it will be fine.  “Business attire” doesn’t sound as good to me for a social event.

And on a side note, I don’t think it’s always assumed that the dress code for reception and rehearsal dinner are similar.  Our rehearsal dinner is at a casual restaurant, and we’ve told our family to dress up but let everyone else know that nice jeans and a button-down are fine.  Whereas our wedding is semi-formal/formal.  So I think it’s good to point out the dress code.

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