The Etiquette of Wedding Dress Codes: Is it OK to Give Your Guests One?

The Etiquette of Wedding Dress Codes: Is it OK to Give Your Guests One?

Congratulations on your engagement!

As you plan your big day, one question that may come up is whether you should give your wedding guests a dress code. I know that you want your wedding to be perfect and look the way you have always imagined it, and that's why I am here to help.

In this blog post, we will explore the etiquette of wedding dress codes and help you decide whether it is appropriate to give your guests one.

The Etiquette of Wedding Dress Codes: Is it OK to Give Your Guests One? Ryan Beauty Co

Okay first of all, let's talk about why you might want to give your guests a dress code. If your wedding has a specific theme or vibe, for example, a beach or rustic wedding, you may want your guests to dress accordingly to create an overall atmosphere.

Additionally, you might want to avoid guests showing up in attire that is too casual or not fitting for the occasion. Or, you simply want everyone to look their best and match the overall level of formality of the wedding. In these cases, providing a dress code can be helpful and appreciated.

However, it's essential to be mindful of your guests when setting a dress code. Keep in mind that your guests have their own styles and preferences and may not appreciate being told what to wear. If your dress code is too specific or restrictive, you risk making your guests feel uncomfortable or even resentful.

Instead, consider giving your guests a general dress code that provides guidance without being too prescriptive. For example, you could write "Cocktail Attire" or "Black Tie Optional." This way, your guests can choose their attire based on their personality and budget while keeping the attire in line with your desired level of formality.

Another factor to consider is the practicality of your dress code. For example, if you are having an outdoor summer wedding, asking your guests to wear black-tie attire may not be practical or comfortable. Likewise, if your wedding is taking place in a humid location, asking your guests to wear long sleeves and pants might be impractical.

In these cases, consider offering some advice on how your guests can be formal while still comfortable. For example, you could suggest breathable fabrics, lighter colours, or even providing a shaded area.

When it comes to communicating your dress code to your guests, make sure you do it clearly and thoughtfully. Including it on your wedding invitation is a common and straightforward way to do so. You can also consider including it on your wedding website or sending additional information along with the invitation. Remember to keep your language polite and friendly, rather than forceful or demanding. You want to make your guests feel as comfortable and excited as possible, rather than stressed and anxious about their attire.

So in my opinion, giving your wedding guests a dress code is a personal choice that depends on your wedding's style, vibe, and preferences. However, it's crucial to be mindful of your guests and ensure that your dress code is practical, easy to follow, and not too strict.

Remember that the purpose of your wedding is to create a joyful and memorable event for you and your loved ones, and your dress code should support that goal. By following these tips and guidelines, you can communicate your dress code with ease while creating a wonderful experience for your guests.

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Hey I'm Amy 👋  I'm an Auckland based Wedding Hair & Makeup Stylist that has worked with hundreds of Brides in the Matakana and Auckland Regions.

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Amy Ryan - Ryan Beauty Co. Wedding Hair and Makeup Artist - Matakana, Auckland, Waiheke Island

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