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Hey guys! How can I politely tell my guests to dress up nicely?

I tested out at my engagement party if my guest would follow the cocktail theme, but most rocked up with what I'd consider something you'd wear to a 21st or a night out. I want my event to be super formal and everyone look accordingly but not sure how to word it nicely. Thank you :)

Suitably - Custom Tailored Suits

Hey Bianca. 

That's a great question that actually goes into a few different debates when it comes to the concept of dress code. As a general rule of thumb, you can break down most dress codes into formal, semi-formal, informal and casual. Within these, you will have subsections such as "black tie", "white tie", "business casual" etc. The problem here is that whilst there is a definitive meaning to these codes, it's not realistic to expect all your guests to understand what they mean. What's more than that, different people will have a different understanding of what these codes actually mean which adds to the confusion. 

My generally advice is to suggest the macro-level code (formal, informal, etc) and then add an I.E. with what you are anticipating, followed by what is not acceptable. For example: 

Dress code: Formal (I.E. suits for men, gowns for women. No chinos or jeans please) 

It's a mouthful but at least nothing gets lost in translation. In the above example, suggesting no chinos or jeans immediately rules out things like shorts and other less formal attire which helps to direct your guests to dress the way that you would like them to. 

Try not to overcomplicate. Give the cues and the macro-level and try to do enough on this level that you don't need to get into the nitty gritty. 


Hope this helps! 

Alexander @ Suitably

How to describe our dress code to guests

We want to have a formal, black tie wedding, but we’re not sure our guests will really know what that means. What’s a short and polite way of explaining this on our wedding invites? We really want everyone to dress up for it.

Suitably - Custom Tailored Suits

Hello! 

As a rule of thumb, It's important to have this listed somewhere. Invitations and your website are fine (use your website as a way to elaborate on what you are after). 

Be aware however, that the traditional black-tie is typically seen as an evening thing, usually conjuring up images of tuxedos, etc. You may be more after something that's "formal" and not black tie. Also, be mindful that not everyone will have the appropriate wear in their wardrobe to match this dress code. People dress far less formally than they used to and as such, I think perhaps it's more prudent to suggest "Formal, with black tie optional" as a more forgiving dress code. You can then use your other correspondence to specifically detail what you mean so there isn't any ambiguity with your guests. 

I hope that this helps! Let me know if I can provide you with any further information. Thank you!!

How are formal wear stores taking appointments at the moment?

We are still going ahead with our wedding ceremony despite the restrictions. But I'm wondering how my husband-to-be will be able to get fitted for a suit? How are formal wear stores doing their fittings/appointments at the moment?

Suitably - Custom Tailored Suits

Hi there!

We are a digital business that can assist you from home so even through the pandemic, we've got your back. We can do calls and video discussions and are headquarters in Melbourne are still taking people's meetings with the appropriate COVID-19 measures. 

We can also take your measurements via an app. You only need to take two photos of yourself and give us your height and weight. We'll do the rest :)


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