Decoding Dress Code Instructions for all Occasions

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Decoding Dress Code Instructions for all Occasions

White Tie: Black tailcoat, matching trousers with a single stripe of satin or braid in the US; two stripes in Europe or the UK white piqué wing-collared shirt with stiff front, white vest, white-colored (e.g., mother of pearl) studs and cufflinks, white bow tie, white or gray gloves, black patent shoes and black dress socks, Formal (floor length) evening gown.

Black Tie: Black tuxedo jacket and matching trousers
formal (piqué or pleated front), white shirt, black-colored (e.g., onyx) studs and cufflinks, black bow tie (silk, shiny satin or twill), black cummerbund to match tie, or a vest, dressy suspenders to ensure a good fit (optional), black patent shoes and black dress socks, no gloves. In summer or on a cruise: white dinner jacket, black tuxedo trousers plus other black tie wardrobe. Formal (floor length) evening gown, dressy cocktail dress, your dressiest little black dress.

Creative Black Tie:
Tuxedo combined with trendy or whimsical items, such as a black shirt or a matching colored or patterned bow tie and cummerbund, Formal (floor length) evening gown, dressy cocktail dress, your dressiest little black dress, fun or unique accessories

Black Tie Optional:
Either a tuxedo (see ‘Black Tie’ above) or Dark suit, white shirt, and conservative tie, dressy leather shoes and dark dress socks, Formal (floor length) evening gown, dressy cocktail dress, a little black dress, dressy separates

Semiformal:
Dark, business suit, matching vest (optional), dress shirt, conservative tie, dressy leather shoes and dark dress socks. Short afternoon or cocktail dress, a little black dress, long dressy skirt and top, dressy separates.

Festive Attire: (usually for the holidays)
Seasonal sport coat or blazer in color of choice, and slacks, open-collar shirt, dress shirt and optional “festive” or holiday-themed tie, Cocktail dress or long dressy skirt and top, dressy pants outfit or separates
a little black dress, feature holiday colors and accessories.

Business Formal:
Dark business suit, matching vest (optional), dress shirt, conservative tie, dressy leather shoes and dark dress socks. Suit, business-style dress, dress with a jacket, stockings (optional in summer), heels, low or high.

Business Casual:
Seasonal sport coat or blazer with slacks or khakis
dress shirt with optional tie, or casual button-down shirt, open-collar or polo shirt, loafers or loafer-style shoes and socks. Skirt, khakis or pants, open-collar shirt, knit shirt, or sweater (no spaghetti straps or decolleté), casual-style dress.

Dressy Casual:
Seasonal sport coat or blazer and slacks, dress shirt, casual button-down shirt, optional tie, open-collar or polo shirt. Dress, skirt and dressy top, dressy pants outfit, nice jeans and dressy top.

Casual:
Khakis or good jeans (clean, no holes), cargo or Bermuda shorts—depending on occasion and climate
plain t-shirt (no slogans), polo shirt, or turtleneck
casual button-down shirt, sweater, loafers, sneakers (with or without socks), or sandals, sundress, long or short skirt, khakis or nice jeans, shorts (depending on occasion and climate), plain t-shirt (no slogans), polo shirt, or turtleneck, casual button-down blouse.

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Wedding Wednesday… One Day Late!

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We constantly get asked about wedding and invitation etiquette so, in honor of Emily Post,  We are going to feature a weekly etiquette post.  For today, let’s talk about some do’s and some don’ts.

Do’s:

  • Do allow plenty of time.  We suggest sending out invitations about eight weeks in advance.  Make sure that you allow plenty of time for addressing, assembling & mailing.  Sometimes it takes longer than you think!
  • Do remember that Organization is Key. Lists, Lists, Lists.  Nothing will make your life easier than being organized.  When gathering addresses, excel will be your best friend.
  • Do not be afraid to ask for help. Make it a party.  Invite friends over, pour some wine and get things done quicker while spending time with friends.  Make it fun!
  • Do your research on guests. Although sometimes it happens from time to time that you won’t know the names of those accompanying your guests and that’s okay.  But if you do your research, it certainly makes the invitation appear warmer and that’s important.
  • Do not forget…when in doubt ask.  Using the correct titles is very important, it makes your guests feel flattered that you took the time to get it right.  So, when in doubt, ask before addressing.

 Don’ts:

  • Don’t forget  that inserts are key.  Things such as maps, directions or hotel information for out-of-town guests is very important.  It will not only make it easier for them, it will also make things easier for you as it alleviates a lot of questions.
  • Don’t include registry or gift information with your invitation. People will ask if they are unsure of where you are registered.  Make sure not to put it on your invitation, it’s just in poor taste.
  • Don’t do multiple mailings. This is when careful planning comes into play.  It’s not a good thing to do a mailing and see how many people reply with a “yes” and then invite additional people.  You’d be surprised how quickly word gets around.  So, make sure that you cover all your bases while doing one mailing.
  • Don’t address invitations with labels. It’s certainly easy to use labels but it just doesn’t look the same.  Make sure to handwrite invitations or have them printed.  You will like the way they look.  I guarantee it.

Wedding Wednesday... One Day Late!