Hello, I’m getting married at the Morikami Museum on February. It will be an evening event starting at 6pm. I want semi-formal and my fiancé wants something more casual but I feel it doesn’t go with our wedding. What should I tell our guest to wear
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According to this article it says it’s similar or same to semi formal aha but maybe that’ll sound appealing to your husband cause of the word casual in it ahaha when really it’s semi formal but maybe he won’t know the diff https://www.brides.com/story/wedding-dress-code-explained
Dressy casual and semi formal are the same thing. It's essentially Sunday Best like you would wear to Easter or Christmas church service. Weddings by default are semiformal/dressy casual. Unless there is a dress code required for entry to the venue (super formal at the Oscars for example) you don't say anything and trust that adults know how to dress.
While dressy casual and semi-formal may be the same thing according to the internet, it's definitely not true in practice. Because people see/hear the word "casual," many guests treat it as such. I just don't want you to be disappointed if half the invitees show up in jeans with a nice top.
For an evening event, that would be long dresses that are not ballgowns, or around knee length cocktail wear, not very bare or sexy like nightclub wear, more dignity with formality, and men in dressy suits not tuxes. This is the Japanese Cultural Center with formal gardens and a museum, isn't it? It is not a casual or relaxed place, and I would be surprised if they had any casual meal service. Also, check with the management. With formal Japanese gardens, and matting or soft wood floors inside, they may not allow any narrow high heels. When it is a limit of the venue, for safety or to preserve their building, that is something you do specifically let people know.
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I completely agree! Also I just googled, "dressy casual," (because if I was invited to a wedding with this dress code that's the first thing I'd do after thinking, "what is dressy casual") and there are A LOT of ideas about what that means. Most people understand cocktail attire, so that seems like a safer compromise to me.