Marghory
Just Said Yes February 2021

Dress attire

Marghory, on August 30, 2020 at 2:27 PM Posted in Wedding Attire 0 17
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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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Latest activity by Marghory, on August 31, 2020 at 9:44 AM
  • Melle
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    I think there’s such a thing as dressy casual aha
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  • Marghory
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    Can you give me an example?
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  • Melle
    Legend June 2019
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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

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  • Jana
    Master October 2022
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    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.
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  • Marghory
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    Lol I like that!
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  • Marghory
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    Thank you! This helps a lot
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  • Natalie
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    Just putting it out there, but I would find "dressy casual" to be a little confusing. I would assume it meant more casual, but in a nice way....like dark jeans and a nice blouse. Casual, but dressy.

    How would he feel about using "cocktail attire" instead? It's almost the same thing, but IMO more fitting for an evening party vibe.

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  • Renee
    Super June 2020
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    You can say cocktail attire. It's a little more laid back from semi-formal.

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  • Jeni
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    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.
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  • Mrs.a
    Master October 2021
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    How about smart casual?
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    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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  • VIP August 2020
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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.

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  • Marghory
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    I agree. Thanks
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  • Marghory
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    I agree! I don’t want them to get the wrong message. I feel I should just put semi formal.
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  • Marghory
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    Thank you! I didn’t even think about that. I’ll talk to my venue
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  • Tonilynn
    Dedicated September 2020
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    I’m doing cocktail attire told male guests dress pants, button up shirts and ties. I told woman cocktail dresses or dress pants suit whatever they want !
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  • Marghory
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    Thank you!
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