Amanda
Master January 2017

What to wear to a morning wedding? And what kind of reception will this even be?

Amanda, on June 8, 2017 at 11:03 AM Posted in Etiquette and Advice 0 43
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We received an invitation to a wedding in July. I checked out the website and it says the attire is formal, but the ceremony is at 10am and the wedding is over at 5pm. So I'm kind of confused about what to wear. When I think "formal" I think of floor length gowns but then I don't think that's appropriate for morning/daytime. I've posted a photo of what I'm considering to get for the wedding but I don't know if that is appropriate or if I should spring for something fancier. I know "formal" is more subjective than it used to be, to some its cocktail attire and to others it's black tie.

Also, I'm not sure what kind of wedding this will be. The invitation says cocktails from 12:00-2:00pm and reception from 1:00-5:00pm so it is unclear if there will be a meal served and I'm just kind of confused about what we will be doing the remainder of the reception, like if there will be dancing and whatnot. How do I ask what the reception will be like without sounding rude?

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Latest activity by Yoomie, on June 9, 2017 at 10:23 AM
  • Kirstie819
    Super August 2017
    Kirstie819 ·
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    I would go with a nice tea length dress it's not black tie so this would work. It might be a fancy reception. My idea of a fancy lunch would be what I picture the Kentucky Derby is like for the owners lol

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  • Amanda
    Master January 2017
    Amanda ·
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    @Kirstie, thanks, the dress I posted is described as tea length and it would definitely be that length on me as I am short. Do you think the dress in the photo posted above would be appropriate? It is chiffon.

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  • FME
    Master March 2018
    FME ·
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    Yeah..I'm not sure how to ask but I think that dress would be great, that dress is gorgeous!

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  • Ella
    Super August 2017
    Ella ·
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    I think the dress you posted looks great.

    we were once invited to a sunday morning wedding that was black tie optional. i was so confused and just wore a black cocktail dress. people were definitely not wearing black tie and were wearing dresses similar to what you posted.

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  • VC
    Master May 2017
    VC ·
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    I think your dress option looks nice.

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  • michelle d
    VIP January 2018
    michelle d ·
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    The dress you posted is nice

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  • BoudreauToBe
    Master July 2018
    BoudreauToBe ·
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    That dress is pretty. I think light colors are best for a day wedding.

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  • J
    Super September 2017
    Jenny ·
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    Formal doesn't necessarily mean black tie. Your dress is fine but still a bit evening in my opinion

    I would go formal garden tea attire, which in my mind means some kind of light, pastel, or floral structured dress with a cardigan and nice shoes.


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  • SSJKarigan
    VIP August 2017
    SSJKarigan ·
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    My best guess is that by "formal" they just mean wear something nice - no jeans or what-have-you. I think what you're planning on wearing is just fine. I'm sure they'll serve a meal if they're keeping you between 10am and 5pm.

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  • Emily
    Master May 2014
    Emily ·
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    This is why dress codes should not be listed unless it is an actual black tie event. "Formal" has no standard definition and frankly makes no sense for the event you're describing (morning / afternoon). It just confuses people more than anything.

    I think the dress you have posted is perfect.

    And since you will be spending from 10am-5pm at their event, they better be feeding you a meal!

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  • GymRat
    Master May 2017
    GymRat ·
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    The dress is fine.

    But what the hell kinda timeline is that?! A 10am ceremony with a two hour cocktail "hour" that begins 2 hours later?

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  • Powers2
    Master April 2018
    Powers2 ·
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    I'd wear a cocktail length dress to the ceremony and add a fancy necklace or earrings and change into slightly dressier shoes for the reception.

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  • Powers2
    Master April 2018
    Powers2 ·
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    That dress totally works.

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  • Kathleen Smith
    Kathleen Smith ·
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    That's a beautiful dress! The weddings I photographed with this timeline were indeed formal. 4 course plated meal, adult beverages, background music (one had dancing). The only difference was that the sun was still up when the wedding reception wrapped up.

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  • Amanda
    Master January 2017
    Amanda ·
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    @Ella, exactly, that's what I don't want to happen lol

    @Boudreau, I thought light colors would be best too!

    @Jenny, I have a few other options with light floral prints as well. They are still contenders but the reason I was more keen on the one posted is because it has sleeves and then I wouldn't have to buy a shrug or cardigan in addition to the dress and save on that expense lol

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  • J
    Super September 2017
    Jenny ·
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    Ahh Smiley smile Well, yours certainly works! I feel like I can never have enough cardigans though, so if you do buy one, I'm sure you can use it again Smiley smile

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  • Amanda
    Master January 2017
    Amanda ·
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    @GymRat, yeah I was so confused when I saw their timeline! They are having a wedding mass so that usually takes about an hour or so, so I get that, and I think there is maybe a 15 minute drive from ceremony venue to reception venue but it does seem quite long for a cocktail hour!

    @Kathleen, do you happen to know if those weddings indicated on their invitations that a meal would be served? I'm just a little thrown off since there is no mention of lunch, or dancing so I don't know what to expect.

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  • JoRocka
    Master September 2016
    JoRocka ·
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    I'm more concerned about that time line- that's fucking odd.

    The dress is pretty- I definitely go with "tea" time stuff for morning brunch events and early afternoon drinking.

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  • Emily
    Master May 2014
    Emily ·
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    There is absolutely no reason you need to wear a floral print. That is just preference. The dress you have chosen is great.

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  • VC
    Master May 2017
    VC ·
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    God I hope they serve food/drinks during cocktail TWO-hour. I'm sure the wedding party will be taking pics hence the long time.

    I also hope they serve you a proper meal from 2-5pm as well.

    Please report back! And have fun!

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