Just Said Yes October 2022

Wedding close to Halloween

Anna, on November 23, 2021 at 8:02 PM Posted in Etiquette and Advice 0 8
My fiancé and I recently set a date for Oct. 29 of next year. Any advice on how to navigate specific instructions for people NOT to wear Halloween costumes? Any advice for people who do show up in costume? I don’t want to be a jerk and kick them out of the wedding, but I don’t want someone in my pictures in a costume.


Latest activity by Ava, on November 24, 2021 at 1:21 PM
  • Cece
    VIP November 2022
    Cece ·
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    I wouldn’t think anyone would show up to a wedding in a Halloween costume unless explicitly told to do so (and maybe not even then either).
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  • JA
    Devoted March 2022
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    If your wedding isn't on the 31st, I dont see why anyone would assume they can come in a costume. If you are worried, I would put a dress code on the invite and on your website (Cocktail attire, semi-formal, black-tie, whatever) That should absolutely be enough of a hint.

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  • Michelle
    Rockstar October 2022
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    Include an FAQ on your website listing attire. Generally it is bad form to mention or dictate dress code in any way unless it is required by the venue for entry. Some venues require a certain look before you are allowed to enter, but they are rare. Word of mouth is probably the best route.
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  • mrswinteriscoming
    Rockstar December 2021
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    Even if the wedding was on 31 October, I wouldn't assume by any means to come in a costume unless expressly told (or written on the invitations) that it was a themed wedding and to come in fancy dress.

    In any case, if you have concerns, include a dress code and communicate this to your guests - where I come from, whether the wedding is smart casual or black tie, we always stipulate a recommended dress code so that people know how to dress. This may be a good way to give you peace of mind on this issue.

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  • Hannah
    Master July 2019
    Hannah ·
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    I agree with this. It would never cross my mind do dress in a Halloween costume for any wedding, even on Halloween, unless I was expressly asked to do so. And even then I'd probably do something like Katherine Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's so I could just wear a normal dress 😂.
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  • Heather
    Expert November 2021
    Heather ·
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    Did you already send out invites? You can definitely put that in there like:
    Formal /Semiformal/Cocktail/etc.

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  • Lisa
    Rockstar July 2022
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    If you have a wedding website, definitely list the dress code as formal or cocktail attire on your website!
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  • Ava
    Savvy October 2022
    Ava ·
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    That’s my date next year too :-) that would be so weird if folks came in costumes. I wouldn’t think I’d have to tell adults with common sense not to come to a wedding dressed like a witch lol. Maybe in the invitations put “formal or cocktail attire”
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