Wedding Dress Code

Wedding Dress Code
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Wedding Dress Code

“Creative black tie” is the dress code that allows you to have fun. Men, for instance, should feel free to wear a black shirt or a red bow tie—something other than the cookie-cutter penguin suit. Women are similarly encouraged to take their look less seriously. Still confused? Think of creative black tie as trendy black tie. Oftentimes, creative black tie is the expectation at theme parties with a dress code like “1920s Black Tie” or “Texas Black Tie”, and in those cases, choose a dressy look that works with the theme. For instance, with a dress code that calls for Texas Black Tie, a man would be dressed appropriately in a tuxedo, bolo tie, and cowboy boots, and a woman could wear a gown and a cowboy hat.
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Wedding Dress Code

So you want to tell your guests what to wear, but you don't want to be overbearing, and ideally you'd like to be a little bit clever about it. You're certainly not the first to find ways to artfully explain a dress code to your guests (we have a whole tag archive of posts about wedding dress codes!). Let's review five awesome, non-bossy ways you can give your guests some dress code guidance.
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Wedding Dress Code

Here's what we did for our “funky formal” dress code. This text is on our wedsite, along with an outrageous picture I found of a dress covered in flare: Funky Formal/Be Your Awesomest Self! The dress code for our wedding will be “Funky Formal”. This means wear something you feel fabulous in! No jeans or sweats but the rest is up to you. We have no colour theme but if you feel like honouring our favourite colours, Annie loves red and Stuart loves blue. If you're feeling at a loss and need some inspiration, Stu's outfit is Steampunk inspired (think edgy Victorian) and Annie's is whimsical (think faeries and priestesses). The most important thing to us is that you feel comfortable and like yourself! Hate dresses? Don't wear one. Hate ties? Don't wear one of those either. Love tutus, bows, sequins, neon, lace, velour, ruffles, or powder blue tuxes? Be our guest. If you can find a way to wear all those things at once, we will have to award you some kind of prize. (Maybe a really great hug.) —- Having space on the wedsite instead of having to cram all this onto a paper invitation definitely helps!
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Wedding Dress Code

For instance,  a cotton dress in a formal cut will work, or a satin dress made in a casual style would also be fine. Overall, I take this dressing designation to mean more festive, elegant attire; but casual fabrics like cotton or knits are acceptable here if the overall style of dress is correct.  The time of day and venue again will be a good guide here. If it’s daytime, then a sundress would be fine. If it’s evening, then wear cocktail-esque attire in darker, richer colors, and fabrics like silk or satin in a casual length and cut. Make it dressy with more accessories and a simple dress. Find a Dressy Casual look or check out The Wedding Guest Dress Boutique
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Wedding Dress Code

Fall weddings can be hard to dress for since the weather can be so unpredictable, that’s why the most important thing to remember is to dress in layers. Fall is finally the time you can break out your favorite little black dress and suede heels, but you really should wait until closer to the date to finalize accessories. Since fall tones tend to be dark and muted, try adding a pop of bright color with a bold statement necklace, scarf or lipstick. Pick a dress you could wear with or without tights for that unexpected September heat, and it’s probably a good idea to throw a sweater in your bag in case the temperature drops at night. And since you could be wearing open-toed shoes, it’s always a smart to have a pedicure scheduled just to be safe—chipped nails at a wedding is a definite no-no. For men, try mixing and matching textures and patterns for a cozy look that doesn’t look shabby or grungy. Pair a wool coat with a silk tie, and don’t be afraid to wear some color! Just look at the invitation for hints of the couple’s wedding colors so you don’t end up looking like a member of the bridal party.
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Wedding Dress Code

Hopefully the wedding invitation will specify whether the dress is “beach casual” or “beach formal,” but a good rule of thumb for beach wedding attire is to wear something that you would wear to a nice restaurant on a sunny day. Be mindful of the elements—sun, sand, wind and water—when you’re shopping for something to wear to a beach wedding. It tends to be windy on the beach, so avoid short skirts and dresses that can blow up revealing (ahem) more than you wanted. A slightly more dressy midi sundress is the perfect option; pair it with flat sandals and a wide-brim sun hat. Rubber flip-flops are not okay unless provided to you by the bride and groom, so stick to leather sandals or T-strap flats. Most beach ceremonies actually encourage guests to take off their shoes, so make sure you’ll be okay with showing off your toes. The sun and sand can be uncomfortable for a man in a full three-piece suit, so linen and lightweight cotton are your best options for keeping cool. For some midday beach weddings, it may even be appropriate for men to wear shorts and a jacket. As long as it’s not the week before the wedding, feel free to ask the bride and groom about any specific dress codes or look on their website for more information.
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Wedding Dress Code

“Too often, shopping for wedding clothes is a stressful and expensive affair. We don't want a single one of you to have to worry about that! So the dress code is as follows: Wear whatever you feel the most beautiful and comfortable in. Is that a tuxedo? A prom dress? Linen slacks? Excessive amounts of glitter? A plaid shirt and jeans? Drag? There is NO wrong way to dress. Our loved ones are a diverse, creative, gorgeous bunch of people, and we want you to be your diverse, creative, gorgeous selves! And yes – you can absolutely wear white. The bride won't be!”
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Wedding Dress Code

Probably the most “offbeat” aspect of our wedding, aside from our gayness and my burgundy gown (are those things even offbeat anymore? Please!), was our dress code: we specifically instructed our guests to Outshine the Bride. It was right there on our website and in the invitation, and our guests did an amazing job! The “Outshine the Bride” runway show was easily the high point of the reception! Our friends made great use of the support pole in the center of the room, let's just put it that way. We provided gag gifts (a clip-on veil and a bow tie) for the winners of the runway walk-off. One wore a short, tight, fire-engine red dress, and our gentleman winner wore a full dress kilt! It was great.
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This is crystal clear for men—wear a tuxedo. It’s a little more complicated for women, who can technically wear anything from a long dress to dressy separates to a formal cocktail dress. The best way to figure out what to wear is to dress according to what you expect the host to wear. Attending a high-end wedding? Then wear a gown. If, on the other hand, you’re going to a work function that calls for black tie, it’s more appropriate to wear a little black dress with a statement jewelry.
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For women, a winter wedding is the perfect excuse to wear your most fun, festive dress. When shopping for winter wedding outfits, keep an eye out for head-to-toe sequins or luxe, jewel-toned fabrics like emerald green, ruby and royal blue. These colors work on almost every skin tone and you’ll definitely find an excuse to re-wear them during the holiday season (office parties, anyone?). You’ll also want to keep fabrics in mind. Wedding guest dresses made of heavy fabrics, like tweed or velvet, will keep you warm during a chilly evening celebration. Pair a shorter dress with opaque black tights and closed-toe pumps. Avoid wearing boots (even if they’re heeled), as they can appear too casual. But in case of a freak snowstorm, it’s definitely okay to wear your boots to the ceremony and change into your heels once you’re inside. Men should follow similar guidelines and shop for a dark-colored wool suit to keep warm and stylish. Also try dressing in layers: Throw a zip-up sweater over your shirt and tie and under your jacket for extra insulation and warmth. But the most important thing men need to remember is to manscape. Beards and moustaches are okay, as long as you clean up stray hairs and shave the back of your neck—you want to look lumber sexy.

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