How to Indicate Dress Codes on Wedding Invitations

Written by marissa willman
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While dress codes on a wedding invitation were once considered taboo, they have become increasingly common over the years. Indicating your dress code eliminates any uncertainties your guests may have had about their attire. It also ensures that the guests are dressed similarly and appropriately for the venue. Since the dress code is hardly the most important part of your wedding day, it should be listed near the bottom of your invitation.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Determine what dress code your wedding will have. Open Easy Wedding's dress code information to determine which dress code best suits your wedding. White tie is the most formal dress code, while informal or smart casual indicate a very relaxed dress code. Keep your venue in mind when selecting your dress code.

  2. 2

    Select invitations that match the dress code of your wedding. Black tie affairs, for example, should have an equally elegant invitation. Casual weddings can have a more laid-back or fun invitation.

  3. 3

    Use a sentence such as "Your presence at our black tie reception is appreciated," or "Please join our celebration in your lounge suits," to tastefully indicate your dress code.

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    Use the header "Dress" toward the bottom of the invitation near the R.S.V.P. information. Indicate the dress code next to or underneath the header. Placing the dress code near the R.S.V.P. information makes it relevant for those who plan to attend the wedding.

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