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Just because you've got your outfit on lock for the big day doesn't mean you can forget about clothes completely. That is, unless you're willing to let your guests show up in whatever they want for the wedding, which probably isn't wise knowing some of your friends and family. To clear up any confusion and avoid answering the same questions over and over, here's what to tell your guests about the wedding dress code before they ask you.
1. How formal is it?
Be it black tie optional, white tie, semiformal or dressy casual, be sure to include the dress code somewhere on your wedding invitations, reception card or your website, where you can go into more detail. Seasoned guests will likely get what black tie means, but it may be a good idea to provide specific examples of what to wear anyway. The extra guidance and advice will certainly be appreciated.
2. What's the weather like?
Don't just add a weather widget to your wedding website and leave it at that. Instead, clearly communicate any potential weather concerns to your guests. For example, if it's typically pretty humid this time of year and your ceremony takes place outdoors, give your female guests in particular the heads up so they can pick an appropriate dress and/or hairstyle. If the temperatures cool down considerably in the evening, suggest rocking a long frock or bringing a lightweight shawl in case they get cold.
3. Will the ceremony and/or reception be outside?
This is important information to relay not only because of the aforementioned weather concerns, but footwear as well. For weddings held in a grassy area, it's wise to warn women against wearing stilettos and to include a link to some great heel stoppers you'd recommend if they decide to do so. Having a beach wedding that isn't actually set in the sand? Inform your guests (and obviously tell them if you're getting married right on the beach and they should sport flats and/or be prepared to remove their shoes)! If the wedding location is remote and requires some walking to get to, make this fact known to your family and friends. Otherwise, you may have some unhappy campers on your hands!
4. Does the venue have any special restrictions?
Your guests probably won't think to ask you this. However, it's something you should definitely look into and report back on if necessary. For instance, some fancy restaurants may require men to wear a jacket and tie to gain entrance, whereas a historic church may not allow stiletto heels inside so as to protect the floors.