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"Festive Attire" for wedding????

post #1 of 14
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Hi
I've been invited to a wedding in Massacusetts; the date is late September. the invitation says "festive attire." Any idea what that means and any tips on what to wear? can i get by with gray trousers, black blazer, white shirt and a funky tie? Any suggestions will be most appreciated.
thanks
post #2 of 14
I hate the whole "festive dress" notion. I think it generally means cocktail attire, that is to say, slightly uninhibited business dress.

What you describe sounds about right. And if your hosts don't like it, let that be a lesson to them for being so vague.
post #3 of 14
I say show up in a jester's outfit, complete with shoes with bells on the toes. As we so wisely say in the South, "that'll learn 'em."
post #4 of 14
festive, you say?
post #5 of 14
God. Why can't people just use normal terms for the state of dress for weddings? There needs to be a section in LMS from now on that teaches proper terms for dressing and examples. Personally, I say just show up in a suit and tie, and remove the tie if necessary.
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by Jovan
God. Why can't people just use normal terms for the state of dress for weddings?

Hear, hear. My parents were recently invited to an event (not a wedding) where the invitation called for "elegant attire." My father was wondering if this meant a tux. My thought was yes, but I think, given the vagueness of the term, I think one could also show up in a suit and tie. My mother was also at a bit of a loss in deciding what to wear.

If you want black tie, either say "black tie" or "formal" (and, yes, I know, traditionally "semi-formal" meant black tie, but no one knows that anymore).
post #7 of 14
Birthday suit. Now, that's truly festive.
post #8 of 14
I was going to wear my birthday suit but couldn't get all the wrinkles out!!!!
post #9 of 14
I'd go with a nice middle ground ala Daniel Craig in Layer Cake suit spread collar shirt sans a tie
post #10 of 14
Toga!!!
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by Jovan
God. Why can't people just use normal terms for the state of dress for weddings?

Women. I think the use of "creative" dress code terminology does send clear signals to them. But I think we need much clearer wording.
post #12 of 14
I wouldn't quite generalize that. My female friends also have no idea what the fuck people are saying when they get invitations like that.
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Originally Posted by FLMountainMan
I say show up in a jester's outfit, complete with shoes with bells on the toes. As we so wisely say in the South, "that'll learn 'em."
Hey, some jesters kick tonnes of arse.
post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by Jovan
I wouldn't quite generalize that. My female friends also have no idea what the fuck people are saying when they get invitations like that.



Hey, some jesters kick tonnes of arse.

Yes; my wife usually asks me what the ambiguous terms are supposed to mean.
post #14 of 14
I'd go with a "going out" suit, i.e. the ones that are too flashy for business. As far as the tie goes, I think that depends on where the wedding's being hosted.
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