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Message Board > Fashion Styles and Trends > What is "Seasonal Semi-Formal" for outdoor wedding? ( Moderated by Lynnelle)

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What is "Seasonal Semi-Formal" for outdoor wedding?
Brother getting married in June
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Date: 2/24/12 11:15 AM

We are all thrilled that my brother is getting married this June to a wonderful woman-- first marriage for both of them, and they're both in their 40's-- so glad they found each other!

The wedding will be in the mountains NE of Sacramento, late June, and the invitation said "seasonal semi-formal attire". The service will be outside in a park at 10 am, with a catered meal in a hall right next to the park.

What does this mean for my dress? Floor-length? Tea-length? Knee-length? Solid color or floral print? What is the weather likely to be? I've got lots of fabric that I'd like to use for a dress, but am not sure if any of it is just right... and I need to know which pattern(s) to use for wearable muslins. I'm the oldest sister, 53yo, 150 lbs (ack!! how did that happen?) 5'5". I think DH and DS will wear tuxedos. DD and I need to figure out what to wear--though anything looks good on her.

I appreciate any help and advice!!

Marguerite

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Date: 2/24/12 11:35 AM

What fun!

It will be hot if you are not up in elevation. What town is nearby? I'd read the invitation as knee length or tea length, and wear a floral with a light cardigan/jacket, and hat. That part of CA is very casual and not at all fashion conscious.
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Date: 2/24/12 12:33 PM

Margasweet, since your invitation says "semi-formal", I would stay away from floor length. Florals are so in style for the coming season, so a cute floral dress with a shawl, wrap or bolero in case of cool weather would be a nice choice. You can take off the topper for the reception. Check out Butterick 5639 shown in a floral. It's got an empire seam, nice substantial straps and would look cute with a short jacket or wrap. As to length - tea length or knee length - I'd go with whichever you find most flattering. Good luck finding just the right pattern!

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Subject: What is Seasonal Semi-Formal for outdoor wedding? Date: 2/24/12 12:40 PM

The wedding is in Foresthill, 18 miles from Auburn (the hotel we're staying at). I'm assuming there's not too much of a chance for rain. How hot is hot?

We're also taking a family vacation (9 of us) afterwards by Lake Tahoe, then 2 days in the desert near Reno. Any advice for those areas is also much appreciated! We're from the midwest, not used to elevation changes or dry air... really looking forward to this trip.



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Date: 2/24/12 12:45 PM

Congratulations to your family.

I'm probably way to practical, but based on our mountaintop wedding experience................
Nothing floor length.
No solids that will be prone to water spotting or staining.

Yes to airy prints.
Yes to solids that can hold up to dabbing off a little of this and that.

The dresses we saw ran the gamut from elegant lawn party to kind of hot night on the town with some practical old time go to Sunday meeting best. The couple was in their 40's also.

But the feet. Most of the women wore what would have been appropriate in town, strappy, dressy heels. There were some bloody consequences. Have some nice flats in the car just in case you need them and try to be sensible about your footwear.
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Date: 2/24/12 1:35 PM

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The wedding is in Foresthill, 18 miles from Auburn (the hotel we're staying at). I'm assuming there's not too much of a chance for rain. How hot is hot?


Well, Foresthill does have a little altitude compared to Auburn (where our best friends live), but not very much. It's not really the mountains yet, at only a little over 3,000 feet.

In late June, midday, in a La Niņa year in California with very little rain, I'd guess sunny and in the 90s. It it's any consolation, the humidity will be low. Static will be a factor.

What desert near Reno will you be visiting? Reno is already a city pretty much in the desert, you know.
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Date: 2/24/12 1:41 PM

Nice trip! Auburn is in the gold country, meaning it's mountainous. So, it will be cool at night. Probably during the day in the 80s or above during June. Reno area is dry, barren, and windy. It will be hot during the day and cool at night. Lake Tahoe-bring a sweater or jacket.

If you come through Klamath Falls, OR...give me a call. :-)

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Subject: What is Seasonal Semi-Formal for outdoor wedding? Date: 2/24/12 2:34 PM

A7yrstitch, thanks for the benefit of your experience! I will definitely bring flats and try to find comfortable dressy shoes, and will also keep an eye on DM (she's gradually losing vision). I think the wedding site is more like a city park than a wilderness area, but will double check with DB.

Fabric choices from my stash:
1. rayon floral print, rose background with sage, eucalyptus, brown & deep rose print. 3 yds. @ 55" wide. Can make a drapey jacket with eucalyptus rayon knit, or brown linen or sage gauze or...
2. cotton voile watercolor large floral print, white background with turquoise, sage & brown print (flowers 4-5" across), 5 yd. @ 45" wide. Have matching turquoise voile and brown voile, so a dress can be lined...
3. linen/rayon navy, with flowers stitched in pink thread. I think I have 4 yds., probably 60 "wide. Can make a jacket out of pink silk noil, probably some other choices too.

What do you think?

DB and DSIL2B just moved to Fernley, NV, about 25 miles east of Reno. So that's where we're going when we leave Lake Tahoe. I know we'll have to have sun protection then.

Marec, if I ever come through Klamath Falls, OR, I'd love to meet you!! Haven't yet been to OR, and I hear it's beautiful.

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2007 fabric in: 7 1/2 yards; sewn: 7 yds
2008 fabric in, 23 yards; sewn 20 yds; given away 6 yds
2009 fabric in 41 1/4 yds, sewn 29 yds, given away 22 1/2 yds
2010 fabric in 91 1/2 yds, sewn 27 yds, given away 1 1/2 yds;
2011 fabric in: 55 yd.; sewn: 21 yd; given away: 20 yd
2012 fabric in: 60 1/4 yd., sewn 25 1/4 yds, given away 16 yds, thrown away 3 yds scraps; UFOs completed: 7
2013 fabric in: 28 yds; sewn: 25.7 yds.; given away: 5 1/2 yd.s; projects 8, UFOs 4

2014 fabric in: 21.5 yd
2014 fabric sewn: 7 1/2 yd
2014 fabric given away: 8 1/2 yd
2014 projects completed:
2014 projects started:
2014 UFOs completed: 8 (5 small gift bags, pieced & quilted table runner, maxi dress, silk infinity scarf)

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Date: 2/24/12 4:05 PM

Betcha the wedding will be here.

All your possible fabric choices sound lovely, especially the first two. You might find the navy linen/rayon with the dark jacket a bit much on a hot day , though.

Ah, Fernley. One blistering summer night, our brand new Prius ran out of gas just 15 miles east of Fernley. We didn't know yet that you don't ever let your Prius run out of gas. Spent a couple of interesting hours out there in the Carson Sink, waiting for AAA.

Fernley will be hot in June, but the little community has wisely planted a lot of big trees to help keep the central area shady and cooler.

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Date: 2/24/12 4:19 PM

At first I was surprised that the invitation had to specify style but I suppose that's to not have people show up in t-shirts and shorts. The trend in weddings around these parts is that semi-formal means short dresses and formal means floor length. Invitations state semi-formal so that guests wear dressy clothes and that guys wear shirts with buttons.

I'd be curious to know what "seasonal" in that seasonal semi-formal means however.

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