Post # 1
Is there a rule book on these sorts of things? If so, I would love to be pointed to it so I can stop asking the Bee’s a 1,001 questions.
My wedding is a Sunday morning brunch in the summer at a fancy (think Four Seasons) beach front hotel. The ceremony and reception will be held on adjacent lawns over looking the ocean. I will be wearing a whimsical ballgown, without a train. Fiance will be wearing a black or charcol suit.
I would like our guests to be dressed nicely (e.g. pretty summer dress for the ladies and suit for the gentlemen). However, I recognize the possibility that midday in the summer may become HOT so I don’t want to make jackets required.
What simple, straightforward wording would you suggest to be written ON the invite?
Post # 4
A friend of mine got married with a similar desire for guest attire and I think she said something along the lines of: “Semi-formal attire, please plan for some beautiful (and possibly hot) weather!”
I’m probably off on the wording, but it was something close to that.
Post # 5
Sounds like “Informal Attire“, but I’m pretty sure most people would misinterpret that to mean casual. If you put “Semi-Formal, Jackets Optional”, I think people would get the message.
Post # 6
i don’t think it is necessary to advise people what to wear. The time of day and venue as well as the formality of the invitation shoud be clue’s enough. I’ve read that this woud be poor etiquette. Those that don’t know what to wear will ask.
Post # 7
I think the attire you descibe is pretty typical for a day time wedding. I’d leave it off the invite completely and add it to your website in case people are wondering.
Post # 8
Garden Party or Morning Suit would be appropriate attire descriptions.
When I think of smart (yet relaxed) daytime wedding, I always think of what people wear to the races (ie. nice dresses for the ladies, suits for mer that can be gradually paired down according to the weather), and if you are ever invited to a private race marquee it usually says “morning suit” or occasionally “garden party”.
Post # 9
Dress Code: Smart Suits (jacket optional) and Fabulous Frocks!
Post # 10
Unless your wedding is black tie (which it sounds like it is not), you don’t need to tell guests how to dress. If they see it is a beach wedding, they will plan accordingly.
Post # 11
We are putting it on our wedsite, not the invite, saying “Smart Attire” and reminding people it will likely be warm.