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Q&A – Wedding Dress Codes

Q: How can I word my wedding invitations so that guests show up in the proper attire? Is it rude to put "no jeans" on the invites?

A: If you're really worried about guests showing up in jeans, there are better ways to word your request than "no jeans." Some couples opt for creative wording or place a simple "Sunday Best Attire" at the bottom of the invitations.

  • If your wedding is very formal, "Black Tie" may be added to your invitations, but understand some guests may balk at having to rent a tuxedo; you may want to word your request "Black Tie Optional" to give your guests the choice to wear one or not.
  • In the event your wedding is held at a location like the beach or an outdoor garden, make this clear on your invitations so that guests dress accordingly, especially when it comes to footwear.

As shown in this example, a dress code request is no more than a simple line added at the end of the invitation.

Mr. and Mrs. Davis Prescott
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Sophia Patrice
Geoffrey Allen Kingsley
Friday, the eleventh of April
Two thousand twelve
at six o'clock in the evening
Eastside Presbyterian Church
Annapolis, Maryland

Semi-formal Attire Requested