You’ve done your research, interviewed the pros, and are positive you’ve hired consummate professionals for your big day. The last thing for them to do now is show up and make your wedding dreams come true! No matter how talented they might be, the last thing you want is for your vendors to arrive wearing attire that’s not at all what you’ve envisioned, so here’s how (and why) you should chat with your team about what they’ll wear while you’re walking down the aisle.
After all the work you’ve put into planning your wedding day, making sure it’s executed to perfection is where your vendors step in. You’ll be busy walking down the aisle, so they’re the ones who will make sure those details are all in place. One you may not have considered? What your vendors themselves will be wearing.
While you’ll want all of your vendors to be dressed professionally on your wedding day, it’s most important that anyone interacting directly with your guests is outfitted the way you’d like them to be. Most of the staff your guests will see will be members of the catering team: bartenders, servers, bussers, and the like. As you’re reviewing your contract and menu with your caterer, ask what their staff will be wearing. This is usually some variation on slacks and a dress shirt, but you may have the option to choose what color shirt they wear, if the gentlemen will be wearing a tie, or if you’d like them to wear a certain style of apron. Classic black pants and a black or white shirt look great, but a more casual wedding may call for canvas aprons or even servers in plaid shirts and khakis. For a black tie wedding, your caterer will have more formal options for you to consider, as well.
And what about your other vendors? Include an outfit discussion in contract negotiations with them, as well. Let them know what your dress code will be, and ask them to stick closely to it if possible. Your wedding planner will probably opt for a cocktail dress over a ballgown for mobility’s sake, but a nicer outfit will ensure she doesn’t stick out among your guests. The same goes for your photographer and band or DJ. Let them know how you expect them to dress so you’re all on the same page. Chances are they’ll be ready to get gussied up for your big day anyway, but it’s better to mention it in advance than to be surprised when your DJ is rocking a polo shirt instead of a suit!