About wedding dress code, when the invitation states “Casual” for a 5:00 p.m. outdoor wedding and reception in a small country town. Since the groom is planning on wearing jeans or khakis and a button down with blazer, can the bride still wear a more formal waltz/tea length wedding dress for the ceremony?
My friend, the bride, is getting grief that she is going to be dressy when her guests will be casual. But, she still wants to look like a bride for the wedding, and says she will change into boots and add a denim jacket over her dress for the reception, if it’s cool.
–Anonymous, Dallas, TX
Dear Anonymous,The best wedding dress code ever is "Casual," because the hosts are encouraging guests to do their own thing and wear what they want to wear. The bride steals the show dress accordingly in whatever she wants to wear because it is her special day. A day to live out her bridal fantasy, whether it be acres of tulle and Manalos or a denim jacket and cowboy boots.
Bride and groom at a boho-chic "Casual" wedding.
Above and below, the bridesmaids set the
dress code for the other women guests when the
invitation states "Casual" for a rustic barn wedding.
The bride and her bridesmaids when "Casual" is the way to go.
Bridal parties at country weddings with a "Casual" dress code, and guests are wearing a style that suits them. Sometimes the bride suggests a color and length, but not always. The bride can be the only woman at her wedding in a long gown; it doesn't mean that the women guests should or shouldn't wear a long dress when adhering to the wedding dress code "Casual."
The dress code here is "Casual" and the bridesmaids are wearing dresses that flatter their figure and coloring, along with their cowboy boots. The groom and his groomsmen are dressed casually in khaki trousers with open-neck shirts (no ties).
A super "Casual' wedding with the bride in a white gown.
When the dress code is "Casual," guests are supposed to express themselves.
Here are recent brides in white dresses, wearing denim jackets and boots.