Morning WWWers, i have another forum thread for you today, this time from WWW regular and real bride Kelly. And she needs your help… with whether or not to have a dress code for her guests. We’d love your help, and of course feel free to chit chat and ask questions yourself. If you would like to start a thread on WWW please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org XOXO Lou
“Wedding guests should be appropriately dressed for a wedding. It is important to remember that weddings are usually quite a formal affair and people take the time to dress up and look their best.
Wedding etiquette dictates that dress codes are not included on a wedding invitation unless guests are required to adhere to an uncustomary code (such as black tie). Any unusual dress code should be explained in the extra information that goes out with the wedding invitations.
Traditionally, wedding dress attire for men is morning dress, or a suit with a shirt and tie.
Women should look elegant in a suit or dress – appropriate for the season and the weather – and may also wear a hat.
Appropriate shoes should be chosen if the wedding is outside or on grass.
Head-to-toe outfits in white or cream should never be worn and all black, unless cleverly accessorised, may look too sombre.
Hats are traditional, but by no means compulsory, at weddings. It is notoriously difficult to socially kiss while wearing a wide-brimmed hat. There is a knack to tilting the head at a suitable angle, but two ladies both in wide brimmed hats should avoid such an ‘intimate’ greeting.”
From the Debrett’s website
This is what the Debrett’s guide says regarding dress code etiquette. But at all weddings I have been to recently there has been at least one person dressed inappropriately. I mean tracksuit bottoms are not acceptable wedding attire in my mind!
I really want to re-iterate this point on our invites by requesting that people take the opportunity to dress to impress, we are going for quite a glam feel for our day and would love our guests to feel a part of it.
I have been met with quite a few opinions regarding this during the course of our planning, some saying it’s not at all appropriate and others who agree with me. My lovely groom doesn’t mind if I do it so happy days on that front.
What do you guys think? I need some help on this front. Please tell me if you disagree with me, would you include a dress code? Would you be offended if you received an invite with a dress code?
It’s not like I’m asking them to dress as Jungle animals or Star Wars characters is it?
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