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#1 Christine

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 08:00 PM

Wedding Guest Attire Cheat Sheet
We'll help you decode the dress code.
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Has a wedding invite ever left you clueless about what to wear? Don't be baffled -- the info you need is likely there. You just have to know how to interpret the invite wording. Here's your cheat sheet for what to wear.

The invite says: "White Tie"
This is the most formal of all wedding dress codes (think state dinners and the Oscars).
He should wear: A tuxedo, a long black jacket with tails, a white pique vest, and a bow tie. Black, formal shoes and even white gloves for dancing are appropriate.
She should wear: A formal, full-length ball gown in a neutral color like dark brown or black. Glamorous makeup and dramatic jewelry and hair are appropriate.

The invite says: "Black Tie"
This is the next most formal wedding dress code and usually means the wedding is an evening affair.
He should wear: A tuxedo. A black bow tie, cummerbund, and patent leather shoes are also suggested.
She should wear: A chic cocktail dress or a long evening gown in a dark, neutral color like brown or black. The bride, wedding party, or friends can help answer questions about the appropriate dress length.

The invite says: "Formal" or "Black Tie Optional"
The wording here suggests something slightly less formal than black tie. This means that a tuxedo isn't required but the event is still formal enough for one to be appropriate.
He should wear: A tuxedo or a formal dark suit and tie.
She should wear: A long dress, a dressy suit, or a formal cocktail-length dress in a dark, neutral tone like brown, gray, or black.

The invite says: "Beach Formal"
This suggests an elegant beach wedding -- so dress to impress, but also dress for the elements (sun, sand, and water). Anything you'd wear to a nice restaurant on a summer day is appropriate.
He should wear: A summer suit with a linen shirt (no ties required), linen pants or khakis, and sandals.
She should wear: A formal summer sundress at tea- or knee-length with flat sandals. Makeup and hair can be natural and everyday.

The invite says: "Semiformal" or "Dressy Casual"
Depending on the time of the event, you'll want to dress somewhere between formal and casual. Wear darker, more formal hues for an evening fete; opt for light colors and fabrics for a daytime wedding.
He should wear: A suit and tie, dark or light depending on the season and time of day.
She should wear: A cocktail dress or a dressy skirt and top.

The invite says: "Casual"
Generally, casual means anything goes. That said, jeans, shorts, and tank tops are probably not appropriate unless they're specifically noted as acceptable. For the purposes of wedding wear, assume business casual to be on the safe side.
He should wear: Dress pants with a button-down shirt or polo.
She should wear: A summer sundress or a skirt or pants with a nice blouse. Makeup and hair can be natural and everyday
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#2 Alyssa

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    Posted 14 April 2008 - 08:19 PM

    This is great Christine!!! :)

    #3 Christine

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    Posted 14 April 2008 - 08:31 PM

    I saw it on MSN today and thought immediately of all the girls trying to figure out what to say on their invites...I hope it helps.
    Christine + Will (married 7/20/07) + Ainsleigh (born 6/25/08) + Nolan (born 11/9/10) + Delaney (born 12/31/13) = One Very Happy Family!

    #4 twinkletoes

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      Posted 14 April 2008 - 08:33 PM

      This defitenly helps me to describe to my guests what 'Beach Formal' is. Thanks for sharing :~)
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      #5 MsShelley

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        Posted 14 April 2008 - 09:02 PM

        that is awesome, thanks Christine

        #6 JaimeLynne

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          Posted 14 April 2008 - 09:09 PM

          Great find - that will help out a lot! Around here we often use "Dallas Chic" to describe what ppl should wear to our gallery and we often get some funny looks LOL

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          #7 edna

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            Posted 14 April 2008 - 10:04 PM

            Thank you Christine... at Beach Weddings in Mexico we usually go with "formal playa - beach formal" mans in light suits or khakis and white guayaberas and the girls in cocktail dress.

            #8 nikkianddean

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              Posted 14 April 2008 - 10:23 PM

              That is a great post Christine - Thanks! I was only sad about one thing. All the really formal attire suggested women wear a long dress in black or brown - how dull is that? I would love to be the "lady in red" at a formal state dinner. Not that I will be going to any or anything.....
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              #9 Jenn3878

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                Posted 14 April 2008 - 11:08 PM

                Quote:
                Originally Posted by Christine
                I saw it on MSN today and thought immediately of all the girls trying to figure out what to say on their invites...I hope it helps.
                Thanks Christine! This is just what I was looking for! You are the BEST!

                #10 Saraha

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                  Posted 14 April 2008 - 11:32 PM

                  Awesome advice thanks for the post!




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