Conveying The Appropriate Dress Code For Your Event

People often ponder how to convey appropriate dress code to their guests for an event. You want to tell your guests what to wear and ideally you want to be clever, but clear about it. Here are some ways to help point your guests into the right direction for your big day.

Include a brief Post Script on your invitations

A simple post script works best for dress code guidance. If clothing comfort factors are not obvious from your venue or wedding date, it is best to include a post script to help guests understand what they are expected to wear. For Example, a brief note about dress code due to weather for a wedding: “The ceremony and reception will be held on the top deck of the yacht; dress for cool weather.” When deciding where you put the post script, you have two options. Based on your invitation design and where the post script fits best, you could include at the bottom of the actual invitation. Another option that you have is to have a separate card conveying all of that information if it is more detailed like the above example. Directions, accommodations and parking information can be on the same enclosure.

Wedding website

Today every couple likes to have a wedding website. And with social media, lots of people are able to check out your site for event details. With the perks of social media, you can tell guests what to expect at your wedding. “We’re getting married on the beach, barefoot or sandals are appropriate.” You can be as casual as you want when stating your event dress code, it’s your website. If you want to be more clear with what you expect or suggest guests should wear, include appropriate examples. For example: “Cocktail dresses for women and jacket and tie for men.” Even though you are creating a wedding website and most guests will check it out, you do need to remember that not everyone will go to your wedding website. If you have a strict dress code, you may want to convey that on invitations as well to be certain that guests adhere to that.

Dress codes for all occasions

When designating a dress code for your event, it is best to know all of the different options you have. Understanding the definition of each dress code is very helpful in determining what you want to ask of your guests. Here is a brief guide to some popular dress codes:

Black tie: Formal wear. Men wear traditional tuxedos with formal white shirt, black bow tie or tie. Women wear long evening or cocktail dresses.

Black tie Optional: Men have the option of wearing a tuxedo, but it gives the indication as to the formality of the event. Women have the option of a short or long cocktail dress.


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