Time Saving Tip: Wedding Dress Code

Time saving wedding planning tips from Jamie Chang, Destination Wedding Planner of Mango Muse Events and creator of Passport to Joy the online step by step wedding planning course for couples

When you get engaged, you get bombarded with questions.

Your family and friends are excited and curious and they want to know everything.

They want to know when and where you’re getting married. Then they want to know what your colors or design is going to be. Then they want to know what your flowers will look like.

And the questions go on and on.

Wedding party celebrating with hugs after a San Francisco wedding ceremony by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events creator of Passport to Joy, the online step by step wedding planning program
(Photo credit: Jerry Yoon Photographers)

Not everyone will ask every question, outside of maybe your immediate family and closest friends.

But, there’s one question that you’ll get from almost everyone.

What’s the wedding dress code? What do I wear?

Now while of course they’re interested in you, what they really need to know is what affects them. And what affects them is what they’re wearing.

San Francisco wedding ceremony at Stern Grove amongst the redwoods planned by Destination wedding planner, Mango Muse Events creator of Passport to Joy
(Photo credit: Jerry Yoon Photographers)

Let’s be honest, people have a hard time figuring out what to wear. They just do. And it’s even harder for weddings.

It’s partially because you don’t want to stick out or offend anyone. This is a wedding, so you don’t want to steal anyone’s thunder. Or look out of place.

But, what you choose is also dependent on the weather, the location and the wedding venue. And you may not know what those are like.

And then lastly, there’s what your hosts are expecting you to wear.

Some couples dictate a specific wedding dress code where everyone has to wear a certain color. Or everyone is dressing up black tie. Or everyone is wearing shorts.

Wedding dress codes can vary quite a lot.

And what you assume you can wear isn’t always accurate.

A wedding reception at La Costanera restuarant in Half Moon Bay by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events creator of Passport to Joy
(Photo credit: Strotz Photography)

So, here’s today’s time saving wedding planning tip…

Let your guest know ahead of time what to wear.

It will save you time and your guests time.

Because instead of getting bombarded with wedding dress code questions from everyone, they’ll just have the info they need.

And the best place to share that information is your wedding website.

But, can’t just write anything.

No matter what wedding dress code guidelines you decide on, it’s really important to spell it out for people.

Don’t just say “casual beach attire”. Tell them what they can and cannot wear.

For example, maybe flip flops are ok, but shorts are not. You need to give them an explanation of what you’re imagining and some examples of what they can wear.

Then from there they can figure it out. But, they need examples to know what you’re talking about.

Because the clearer the info, the easier it will be for them, and the less questions you’ll get.

Wedding ceremony at a destination wedding in Hawaii from Mango Muse Events creator of Passport to Joy, an step by step online wedding planning program.
(Photo credit: What a Day! Photography)

Now besides being clear, it’s also important to share this info on the earlier side.

When I say early, I don’t mean that you have to have the info when you send out your save the dates. But, you do want it on your website at least a couple of months before the wedding.

Because that’s when people are starting to think about what they’re going to wear. And when the questions will start coming.

So, head it off before that happens so you save yourself and your guests time.

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