How to tell wedding guests what to wear

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Quite a few people have asked me what they should wear to our “casual lowcountry wedding shindig,” and I've given them lots of suggestions. But I thought I would make a little pamphlet (that I emailed/Facebooked to the guests) to help everyone with packing.

Feel free to steal this idea! It was actually my dad's — he had just gotten off the phone with one of the guests (poor, confused soul) and said, “Maybe you could make a cute ‘what to wear' guide to tell them what to pack?” I thought it was brilliant, and started thinking of what TV shows/movies that Ryan (FH) and I loved, and go with those!

I thought it would tell people that we were serious when we said we wanted people to be comfy… and at the same time, be goofballs. 😉 I hope it helps them!

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Comments on How to tell wedding guests what to wear

  1. This has to be about the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. We are having a similar issue so I just might have to steal this idea 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  2. Brilliant idea!
    I see so many people online totally lost because they can’t imagine not wearing a suit and tie or evening gown to a wedding, but it’s clearly not appropriate for that particular wedding. I think something like this (or even just a photo for those who don’t want to put together a leaflet) is an excellent way to get across exactly what you mean.

  3. OMG! SALVATION! we’re having a halloween wedding and want it to be classy, not cheesy or trashy, but our parents keep saying everyone should wear costumes and just make it a halloween party. 🙁 neither FH nor i want that at all. we do want people to have fun and if they were “nice” costumes then we don’t mind. i’m so stealing this so people know what “costumes” or outfits are ok and what aren’t. 😀 yay, no more stress about warding off slutty schoolgirl costumes. (although don’t get me wrong, there’s a time and place were costumes like that are AWESOME, i just don’t want them at my wedding.)

    • Shannon, my husband and I had the same issue – we had a Fantasy Masquerade Ball themed wedding in October and we were worried that people would dress in cheap costumes and not the whole masquerade ball look we were going for. We set up a website with images to what we were going for as well as send out a list of movies which featured masquerade ball scenes like what we were going for. It worked out well and luckily no one showed up as Catwoman XD
      Good luck with you wedding 🙂

      This is article is great. Such a good idea to get your guests on the same wavelenght.

      • I had two birthday party Maskerades in a row, and we set a theme for the costumes right in the invites; didn’t need any pictures or fancy web setup at all. One was “Any character, real or fiction, from before 1900” and the other was “children’s books” and people really got into the spirit- my great grandmother got decked out in a tiara as the Queen Mother for the first one

  4. you are my guardian angel….I was wondering how in the hell would I tell my guest how to dress for the wedding, especially the in-laws,,,,thank you

  5. I’m aving the opposite problem. I’m getting married outdoors because to me that’s the most sacred place. People are assuming, therefore, that its a casual wedding and asking if they can bring their dogs!

  6. I just sent this to my fiance and he shouted gleefully, “YES! WHY CAN’T MOM UNDERSTAND THIS?!” haha

  7. Here’s what we put on our wedsite:

    What’s the dress code for the wedding?
    Smart casual. <– links to

    Basically, we’d like you to look nice but be comfortable. No jeans for the ceremony please, but feel free to bring clothes to change into for the reception.

    The wedding will proceed rain or shine. Please watch the forecast and plan accordingly (just to be safe). In case of rain, everything will take place indoors, but there is walking outdoors to reach different buildings (washrooms, Rubber Rodeo, sleeping cabins and bunkhouses).

  8. This awesome idea has now been stolen and put in my back pocket for future use. My FH and I are having a steampunk themed wedding and we’re so worried we’re going to end up with a sea of well intentioned goth costumes from the guests….nobody seems to know the difference and this is sure to help 🙂

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