(Closed) We sent out our invites at the end of last week and I'm ready to scream!

posted 6 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
4464 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

If I got an invitation that said Formal Adult Reception I would understand that this does not mean ball gowns. Usually black tie would be what would tip me off to wearing a gown, or long dress. I don’t think you should send an email, but clarify to people who question and then hopefully some word of mouth will get going if anyone else is confused. 

Post # 4
12974 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would have taken that as a fancy cocktail dress personally, especially when coupled with a ritzy country club. 

Post # 5
4194 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

Since you’re already having questions from guests, it might not hurt to send an e-mail explaining the dress code, especially if a guest wouldn’t be allowed in if they were wearing jeans, for example.

Post # 7
1628 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’d assume you meant to go black-tie or evening wear rather than the kind of cocktail dress I’d wear to a morning or less formal wedding. I wouldn’t think you meant ball gowns or prom dresses.

Post # 9
30 posts

Like PP’s I agree, I would assume black tie.

Hope This Helps

Post # 10
1249 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

I would take it to mean that Darling Husband wears a black suit or a vest, and I wear a cocktail dress.  I would only wear a ball gown if it was Black or White tie.

On a side note, my BFF was planning my birthday, and she put Black Tie on the invitation.  She didn’t know that Black Tie means “wear a tux”… She thought it meant “dress nice”… Some people really are just clueless!

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