Wait before you send those save-the-dates or wedding invitations–you have a decision to make first. You’ll need to ask yourself: Should I have a wedding dress code?
In the past, a dress code was necessary. They’d let guests know if they should come in formal attire (think gowns and tuxedos) or more casual outfits. These days, there are some arguments on whether wedding dress codes are passe. If you’re stuck on this decision, read on for some serious pros and cons.
Why You Should Have a Wedding Dress Code
- You’ll avoid misunderstandings or embarrassing moments. Just because you’re having an outdoor wedding doesn’t mean that flip-flops are a great choice for footwear. By saying something like “casual chic” for your dress code, this’ll avoid guests dressing down too much and feeling like they made a faux pas.
- It’ll make dressing for your unconventional wedding much easier. If you’re having a beach wedding or a barn wedding, guests may not know what to wear. After all, they may never have been to a wedding like yours. Help them out by describing a dress code in the invitations.
- You want absolute control over your wedding. While you wouldn’t describe yourself as a “bridezilla,” you still don’t want any surprises on your big day. In this case, a wedding dress code is a must.
Why You Should Ditch the Dress Code
- Most people already know how to dress for a wedding and already have outfits on hand. Anyone who’s been to a wedding before knows the standard dress code. For a traditional wedding, you needn’t describe what your guests should wear. They’ll know! And if they don’t know, they’ll probably ask you anyway.
- Complicated wedding dress codes can confuse your guests. Your Great Aunt Hattie won’t understand a Beach Chic dress code anyway. Remove the confusion by abolishing the dress code altogether.
- You just don’t care what your guests wear. You’re an unconventional bride having a non-traditional wedding. Perhaps it’s in your own backyard with a small group of friends. Or maybe you just want your guests to show up as how they usually look–and not a dressed up version. Don’t worry about a dress code!
As you can see, having a dress code depends on your unique wedding and what you expect from your guests. What will you do?