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Kenadee
Just Said Yes August 2020

Dress code attire?

Kenadee, on January 29, 2020 at 11:26 PM Posted in Wedding Attire 0 11
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We’re getting married at a local ranch here in Central Texas with a beautiful newly built barndominium over looking a pond in October 2021! I wasn’t keen on having a “rustic” wedding I’m leaning more to the whimsical and romantic theme, but my FH & I fell in love with this place and the background story! I’m having a hard time with deciding on a dress code, I really don’t want anyone to show up in jeans and if they do wear jeans I would like to see it paired with a sports coat for the guys & girls I would like them in either a nice jumpsuit, maxi skirt or cocktail dress. I’m not sure if this falls under “dressy casual” or maybe even “Sunday’s Best”? I do plan on elaborating on our wedding website and including some pictures to help our guest make their selections!


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Latest activity by Cindy, on February 26, 2020 at 5:37 AM
  • Mandee
    Devoted September 2020
    Mandee ·
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    You're thinking of "cocktail" attire! I'm doing the same at my barn wedding in September!

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  • Ashley
    Devoted July 2021
    Ashley ·
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    I'm so happy I saw this post! My FH and I are in the same boat. Our reception is in a barn, granted it's a very nice brand new barn, and our ceremony is on the same grounds but outside with the horse pasture and the mountains in the background. We REALLY don't want people to wear jeans but were wondering exactly what to put on our website regarding dress code. Hopefully people listen and don't just think that since it's outside/in a barn they can wear jeans.

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  • MrsD
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    We said "Semi-Formal". Our wedding was a nicer wedding but it was in a barn setting. The people that wore jeans either wore dress jeans or wore jackets/button downs with nice cowboy boots. I would think for most outdoor weddings at barn/ranch locations - especially in more rural states - people will wear jeans.

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  • Flame Princess
    Dedicated April 2021
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    I like "dressy casual" and love the thought of ladies in jumpsuits; theyre so summery and cheerful!


    Personally I take dress codes kind of literal, and when its not clear what they mean, it makes for some frustration. Example: a rehersal dinner I attended was labeled "come as you are" and a few people, especially the groom, were really peeved that I showed up literally as I was in overalls and a tie dye t shirt with doc martins. It should of said "semi formal"
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    I think people know how to dress and unless you're having a black tie affair, it's inappropriate to dictate attire. If someone asks you directly you can steer them in the right direction. But if they don't, then it's seriously not worth worrying about. If someone wants to wear jeans, your "elaboration" on the website isn't going to stop them.

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  • Private User
    Dedicated September 2020
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    I'm thinking about adding a Dress Code section on my wedding website. We're having a vintage themed wedding, really anything 1920's to 1960's style. However, our venue is also a barn/ outdoors setting. I don't want to tell people what to wear but then again, I don't want some of our guests to be confused on what to wear or not wear. We want to encourage everyone to dress up in a vintage era and be comfortable. --Side note, I have attended two weddings where my Future father-in-law changed into jeans shorts and white tank (wife beater)... we want to avoid this for our wedding lol. If anyone has any advice on what the Dress Code should say, let me know! Thanks!

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  • Taylor
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    We're also getting married in a rustic setting in Texas. Our dress code is Texas dressy casual. I made sure to specify this because we have a ton of older family coming from NY area that normally wear gowns to weddings. I didn't want them to be totally blown away when they arrived and people are in denim jeans, boots, and button ups. lol

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  • Kenadee
    Just Said Yes August 2020
    Kenadee ·
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    I’m thinking I definitely need to put some “examples” on my wedding website. I’m also the guest at a wedding who really worried about dress code and if people don’t specify what exactly they’re intending us to wear I find it way more frustrating! Lol mainly I just don’t want my FH family showing up in coveralls!
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  • Kenadee
    Just Said Yes August 2020
    Kenadee ·
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    Ha! I would’ve done the same, I’m the same way I hate when people don’t elaborate on their dress code I feel like it makes the guest more frustrated! For example my cousins got married in Napa the year before last & the dress code was “Napa Chic” for their rehearsal dinner & I think I looked for about two months for a outfit to wear & needed up in a dressier jumpsuit!
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    Dedicated April 2020
    Cindy ·
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    How about elaborating on your website - maybe call it a theme wedding and all the guests will be cast as extras and have specific roles? What about dancing? The 20 thru the 60s had a wide variety, might want to include that info too so people can learn or brush up their fancy feet!
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    Dedicated April 2020
    Cindy ·
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    Maybe call it a theme wedding and all the guests will be cast as extras and have specific roles? What about dancing? The 20 thru the 60s had a wide variety, might want to include that info too so people can learn or brush up their fancy feet!
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