Once you’ve decided how formal or informal your wedding will be, it’s time to decide what you’d like your guests to wear to fit the setting you’ve created. Tuxedos? Cocktail attire? Breezy beach dresses? And even if you think you’ve got it figured out, you still need to communicate the dress code to your guests! Here are a few expert tips to make sure your guests understand what you’d like them to wear to your wedding.
When it comes to your wedding dress code, communication is key. The more clear you can be, the better your guests will understand what your dress code means and looks like. So while a creative phrase like “Brooklyn formal” might fit great with your gritty-meets-polished design scheme, your guests will probably need a little more explanation than that. If you’re concerned about guests understanding what you mean, opt for a more traditional dress code. “Creative cocktail attire” and “black tie optional” are a little easier for the average guest to understand!
Married to a quirky wedding dress code? Be prepared to explain. Arm your parents and wedding party with a more specific explanation of what you’re looking for, and take advantage of your wedding website! Write down what you want your guests to wear, whether that means a cocktail dress with a Western twist or a fresh seersucker suit. Better yet, give examples! Create a collage of inspirational images or fill a Pinterest board with outfits you’d love for your guests to emulate so they know what to seek when they’re looking into their closet.
And of course, be prepared to have guests who aren’t dressed the way you want them to be. Some may misinterpret the theme, some may not be comfortable getting so creative, and some might ignore the dress code altogether. Smile, remember that your friends and family will be dressed to the nines, and know that wearing a tux to a ranch wedding doesn’t mean you can’t have a blast!