How To Make Wedding Dress Codes Easy For Your Guests

Couples always tell me that one of their biggest wants for their wedding is to make sure their guests have a good time.  They want their guests to feel comfortable.  They want their guests to be happy.  And I love it!  It’s so important that you think about your guests.

Wedding guests cheering at a destination wedding at Cornerstone Sonoma by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Arrowood Photography)

But, you have to remember that making sure your guests have a good time goes beyond the wedding day.  It’s not just about the ceremony, the music and the booze.  It’s about the entire experience!

And that starts the moment you send out the save the date (or your invitation if you aren’t doing STDs).  Because that starts the planning on your guest’s side and the building of anticipation.

And part of making that experience a good one is to make it easy.  You want the entire experience to be easy.  So they aren’t left confused, guessing or frustrated.

One way to create a good (and easy) experience for your guests is with wedding dress codes.  Yes, it’s a small thing, but it can be a big worry for many guests, particularly women.  And especially for a destination wedding!

Nude bridesmaid dresses and simple white wedding bouquets for a destination wedding in Vancouver by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Tomasz Wagner Photo and Films)

Think about when you’ve been a guest at a wedding or some other function…

As a guest you want to dress appropriately.  You don’t want to be that girl (or guy) who shows up over or under dressed because you didn’t know.

You also don’t want to be cold or hot or wearing shoes you’re going to regret.

And when you couple those worries with a destination wedding, it gets harder.  You aren’t familiar with the area or the climate, let alone the venue.

So, it can be hard to guess what you should wear.

So, make it easy for your guests!  Tell them your wedding dress codes.  But, also give them some guidelines and directions.

While stating a dress code will work, like “semi-formal” for example, telling them what that means is even better.  Because let’s be honest, who really knows what semi-formal means?

And yes, you could look it up online, but definitions can vary depending on the site.  Which can leave your wedding guests confused and still unsure what to wear.

So, make it simple and easy and instead of figuring out what dress code wording is best, just tell them exactly what you’re looking for.  For example, “suits and cocktail dresses” or “sundresses, button downs and khakis”.

Wedding ceremony at Viansa Winery for a destination wedding in Sonoma by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Andria Lo Weddings)

And if there are climate or terrain issues they should know about, make sure you share that too!  Tell people if it tends to get chilly or if they’ll be in the sand or on grass.

What they end up choosing to wear is up to them, but if you provide the info, it just makes it so much easier.

Wondering where to put all this info?  A great place to store all your wedding dress codes (for all your events) is on your wedding website.  While you can have it on an invitation, it’s much easier to explain on a website without cluttering anything else.

Providing wedding dress codes (and explanations) for your guests will help them to plan ahead.  Which makes it easy on them and helps to create an amazing experience.

Need some help making sure your guests have a wonderful time at your wedding?  We can help!  Contact us today!

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