Set The Dress Code For Your Wedding Guests

When trying to set the dress code for your wedding guests, it is important to try and be clear about what kind of attire you would like your guests to wear. We have the perfect way to convey the proper attire for your wedding so your guests aren’t confused.


First of all, it’s important that, if you do set a dress code, it is easy to interpret,  and the appropriate attire is clearly stated. Unless you are prepared to answer your guests questions, you do not want to have a vague description of the appropriate attire.

Here are some of our recommendations:

Black Tie is formal attire. Men wear tuxedos, women wear cocktail, long dresses or dressy evening separates. A little black dress is completely appropriate for black tie functions.

Formal means that you have the option not to wear a tie. Sports coat is usually preferred. For women, long evening gowns and cocktail dresses are appropriate.

Cocktail Attire means short, elegant dresses for her and dark suits for him. The little black dress is the ultimate cocktail dress and appropriate for most special occasions.

Dressy Casual calls for dressed-up versions of casual looks. For him, it could be trousers and a sport coat, for her a dressy pants look. Jeans, shorts, T-shirts and other casual looks are not appropriate

Casual basically means anything goes. If you want you can be specific as to what you don’t want your guests wearing. For example, khakis are appropriate, but no jeans or sneakers.


You want to consider your guests.  You know more than anyone, what kind of crowd you are inviting. Some people may be tight for cash and cannot afford a tux and elegant ball gown so that is something to consider when trying to convey the proper wedding attire for your wedding. You want your guests to be comfortable and enjoy themselves.

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