Let’s chat about wedding attire. We have had a lot of questions recently about what wording to write on your wedding invitations. We thought it would be fun to put together a quick reference guide for wedding dress code.
Let’s start with the fanciest first…
This is fancy-shancy. Women should wear a formal floor-length evening gown, no exceptions. Pair your dress with all the accessories; jewelry, clutch, heels. Men are required to wear a tuxedo with tails, a formal white shirt, white vest and bow tie, and gloves. Yes, I know, gloves!!
This is the next most formal wedding dress code and usually means the wedding is an evening event. Women should wear a formal floor-length gown. Men must wear a tuxedo. A black bow tie, black vest or cummerbund.
Formal or Black Tie Optional
The wording here indicates something less formal than black-tie is customary. The choices are the same as with black-tie: a floor-length gown, a fancy cocktail dress, or a dressy pantsuit. Men have the option of wearing a tuxedo, or they can wear a formal dark suit, white shirt, and conservative tie.
Cocktail attire is a popular dress code choice for most of our weddings. It's a balance between sophisticated and comfortable. Instead of a floor-length dress, women should opt for a tea-length or knee-length. Men should wear a suit and tie.
Semi-formal or Dressy Casual
A lot of dressing for a semi-formal or dressy casual wedding is knowing details. What time of day?? What season in the year?? You would want to wear darker, more formal colors for an evening wedding; and light colors and fabrics for a daytime event. Pair with heels, nice wedges, or formal flats. If the ceremony is being held outdoors make sure to wear flats or wedges that won’t get stuck in the grass. Men should wear a dress shirt and slacks, with an optional tie.
Casual wedding attire is normally used for a laid back event or even a beach wedding. We should specify that jeans, shorts, or tank tops are never acceptable. A pretty sundress would be perfect. Wedges or nice sandals are the perfect footwear for a casual wedding. Men can wear dress pants or khaki pants with a collared shirt.
We love a good themed wedding, for example, we have designed a Beauty and the Beast themed wedding where guest wore enchanted outfits and a lot of women wore yellow dresses. Another example is a Halloween wedding where guest dress up in costumes. We always encourage wedding guest to come in the attire the bride and grooms are requesting. It’s entertaining and amusing for them and makes for delightful pictures.
We hope this guide helps when picking what attire you want your guest to wear for your wedding day. If you have any questions, hit the contact us page on our website. We are happy to help!!
Life has been blissful since you got engaged to your soulmate and before the festivities begin, it’s time to get down to the official business to make it all possible.
The question that most brides ask us is, “Should I hire a wedding planner?”
At Events by Jade, we’re always going to say, “Yes!”
Creating and managing a wedding celebration on your own can be tough.
Without a professional’s help, the bride can easily get overwhelmed and stuck on what to do, where to go and who to call for advice.
Often, we have couples asking us related questions on how to hire a wedding planner, when to hire a wedding planner, how soon to hire a wedding planner, and so on.
Each wedding is special and requires our undivided attention, effort, wisdom and expertise.
Since we have scheduled bookings for weddings that are far in advance, Events by Jade suggests that you should contact us as soon as you believe that you need a wedding planner's help.
The sooner the better, we say.
So…To hire a wedding planner or not?
That’s truly your own preference and there are so many couples out there that struggle with these questions.
Events by Jade is here to tell you all the beneficial reasons to hire a wedding planner, so that your magical evening can finally come true.
Benefits of a Wedding Planner
Between booking your vendors, managing budget spending, organizing your RSVPs, deciding on your Save the Dates, and everything in between, planning a wedding requires loads of work.
Even the most organized brides have trouble multitasking and organizing their day-to-day activities following up to the big day.
Working with a wedding pro like Jade, can take the weight off of you and your significant other, giving you more time to trust and enjoy the process.
Here are some important reasons on why to hire a wedding planner:
They Are Your Go-To Expert for Decisions & Advice
While your significant other is there to help you make iffy decisions, their guess is just as good as yours.
Until the moment of, “I do”, and frankly, even after, a wedding planner is there to help you handle any last-minute questions, comments or concerns regarding the venue, guests, vendors or anything else wedding related.
This allows the bride and groom to fully enjoy themselves while the planner takes care of the rest.
They Stick to a Timeline
One of the most valuable aspects of a wedding planner is that they help your day stay on schedule.
Without the perfect timing, the big day would be a chaotic frenzy.
From taking pictures to setting the venue up, walking down the aisle, cutting the cake, dancing and partying the night away, a wedding planner’s job ensures that the vendors and venue staff run your event as seamlessly and flawlessly as possible.
They Bring Your Vision to Life!
You may think that you know your partner, but a wedding planner can help you discover a couple style that’ll bring your priceless day to life.
Your wedding should reflect each of your values and desires, and a wedding planner helps you both visualize your event to maximize its best features.
You Can Have a Life Outside of Planning
Planning a wedding takes up a lot of your time. That’s why some couples are engaged for years before they actually tie the knot.
You and your partner deserve to sit back, relax and focus your attention on yourselves, your work, home and life.
A wedding planner knows who to talk to and hire in order to bring all the elements of your wedding together perfectly.
They Can Save You Money!
Events by Jade can’t make money grow on trees, although she can ensure that you are getting the absolute best for your budget.
A planner helps you spread out and understand each cost, so that you are spending your money wisely.
Planners understand where you need to spend more or less in order to get what you are looking for.
Budgeting on your own can be difficult, especially if you’re unsure of the average price points for each portion of your event.
A wedding planner will guide you through your budgeting, make sure that you know where your money is going, so that you can focus on what’s really important to you.
Why Hire a Wedding Planner from Events by Jade
At Events by Jade, we do more than just planning.
We work our magic to design the fairytale wedding that you and your partner have always dreamed of.
Every client that we serve gets our full, undivided attention while we’re working with them and we guarantee that your big day will be unbeatable and unforgettable.
For more questions, comments or inquiries, please visit our contact page, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
Sit back and let the celebrations commence, with Events by Jade.
The global pandemic has put a serious strain on weddings over the past year, but that doesn’t mean that couples aren’t still looking to tie the knot.
Extravagant receptions with hundreds of people are ‘so two years ago’ anyways, so why not switch it up and still have the option to get married to your significant other?
What was once normal to include in your wedding may not be available in 2021, but the latest wedding reports are taking floral trends, wedding attire and reception décor to a whole new level.
There are plenty of coronavirus-friendly ways to get hitched and Events by Jade has pulled together the inspiring must-have and outdated must-not wedding trends for 2021.
Wedding Trends for 2021
All weddings are personalized to the party’s liking and there’s no wedding taste that fits all.
The 2021 wedding trends are slowly beginning to change because of preference and circumstance.
From the wedding dress, catering, interior design and décor, couples are preferring to spend money on some things more than others when it comes to their big day.
The top of the wedding trends list for this year begins with more intimate, informal ceremonies.
Couples are including less people in their wedding party and invitation list to abide by COVID-19 rules, and still have the luxury to enjoy their special day with loved ones. Inviting your nearest and dearest to a small wedding that guests will love is definitely trending.
Inviting up to 25 people on your guest list for your wedding may not seem enticing, but planning a micro wedding is becoming more popular as the pandemic season persists.
Micro weddings can be formal and traditional or informal and contemporary, although they tend to be a fusion of both styles.
A smaller guest list also allows more budget per guest, granting the bride and groom an opportunity to add private wine tastings, charcuterie boards or other personalized touches throughout the reception.
A bespoke soiree allows the bride and groom to engage with each of their guests which is the most popular reason for its surging demand.
While weddings may typically have open seating per table, the seating arrangement this year will be based on assigned chairs.
Couples understand that families and friends want to sit next to each other and if they come from the same household, it makes abiding by coronavirus rules much easier for planning the layout.
Many couples that got engaged in 2020 may have had an intimate ceremony to make it official but are waiting to celebrate their big day how they want it after COVID-19.
Micro weddings aren’t for everyone and many brides and grooms want to wait and have the lavish celebration that they’ve always dreamed of after the pandemic.
Less Splurging More Saving
Over-the-top weddings are slowly dying out and while having an elaborate celebration is exciting, more couples are turning a blind eye to the precarious option this year.
Many people have lost their jobs, got laid-off or demoted in 2020, which is why fewer couples are looking to drain their bank accounts, celebrate luxuriously and put on the picture-perfect wedding in 2021.
DIY wedding reception favors are also becoming more popular as they allow the bride and groom to add their personal touches to the décor on their wedding day.
Couples are adapting to the ‘less is more’ style and limiting their wedding budget, décor and design in order to still have the opportunity to tie the knot when they want.
No Way Buffet
Buffet catering has been a traditionally popular way to serve dinner at weddings whether they are big or small.
Sharing the same utensils during a self-serve buffet doesn’t sound so appealing in 2021, and more couples are opting for plated meals, food trucks and sack lunches. Wedding cakes have not gone out of style and are here to stay.
More Couples are Eloping
It’s no surprise that eloping has been a progressive trend over the past year.
Rather than dealing with the potential headache of downsizing due to the pandemic, couples are preferring smaller affairs and elopements in 2021.
Livestream wedding ceremonies are on the rise as couples are looking to share their special day with distant friends and family members.
Younger couples are branching out and wearing brighter colors for their weddings.
While the bride is still in white, colorful accents on her dress could allow the groom to get creative and opt out from the traditional, black-and-white tuxedo.
Green & White Florals are Out
The demand for traditional, green and white florals is fading as more couples are inspired to make a bigger statement at their wedding this year.
Deeper shades in the color palette like green, burgundy, blue and purple are flooding the accents of wedding décor designs in 2021.
Top Wedding Trends for 202
Jade is the lead event planner and designer at Events by Jade who has been making hundreds of wedding dreams come true since 2015.
Planning a wedding during a global pandemic may be tough, but not impossible when you book with an experienced, professional planner like Jade.
Events by Jade has all the tips and tricks to make your special night unforgettable, no matter the size of your celebration.
Larger weddings or small, coronavirus or not, Jade will work her magic and design the wedding that you’ve always wanted. After all, the magic is in the details.
Do you agree with our top wedding trends for 2021? Let us know what you think!
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When Emily laid eyes on Jimmy, she had no idea that a beautiful adventure was about to begin. After meeting, they grew close while traveling and seeing the US together. And on a radiant June day, their family and friends gathered outside with the Fort Worth skyline in the background, for the moment they finally said, “I DO.”
The morning was all celebration and laugher, decked out in cute matching pajamas, Emily and all her bridesmaids enjoyed listening to music while getting their hair and makeup done. Meanwhile, Jimmy and his guys, hung out downstairs at The Worthington bar. And when the last boutonniere was pinned and the last pair of lips were glossed, the time had arrived to head downstairs to the ceremony. Escorted by her precious brother, Owen, down the aisle surrounded by beautiful florals designed by R Love Floral.
This wedding was a joy to plan and design. Emily listened at our guidance and took all our advice to create such a perfect day. We had a great creative team to put this wedding together.
Wedding Planner + Stylist: @eventsbyjadeb
Dance Floor: @centerstage_floors
Bridal Shoes: @bellabellashoes
Bridal Boutique: @blissbridal
Tux Shop: @mrtuxedo
As the party came to a close, the crowd cheered loud with pom-poms while sparks flew tall in the background. Surrounded by family and friends, their life together as husband and wife began. I am so thrilled I was able to be a part of Emily & Jimmy’s special day. They were a true joy to work with for the last year.
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We hope these pictures paint a clear picture of how much we love our job. We get to create completely new designs and themes all while pushing ourselves to take risks. We never want to get stuck doing the same things over and over again. We hope you enjoy browsing as much as we enjoyed planning, designing, and styling.