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How to Pick a Celebration of Life Dress Code

Published: September 12, 2022
by John L. Ziegenhein and Sons Funeral Home

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If there is any hard rule about what to wear to a celebration of life, it’s to avoid black colors. After all, it’s supposed to be celebratory. But there are no hard rules. If you have a celebration of life after a cremation service in Affton, MO, the dress options are limitless.

Picking a dress code for a celebration of life is about balancing your guests’ convenience with the deceased and your family’s wishes. The question, then, is how to choose. We explain below.

Consider the location and time

The where and when are critical when deciding what your guests will wear. Is it happening outdoors or indoors? If indoors, where? The best outfit for a backyard event is not necessarily the same for a stadium.

And the options vary depending on whether it’s summer or winter, morning or evening. Hence, it’s advisable to have a clear idea of when and where the celebration of life will happen before choosing the dress code.

Even if the dress code is based on the deceased’s wishes, the location and time will allow you to make convenient recommendations for your guests.

The event’s activities

Celebrations of life are not always a party. They can also include custom activities that may require dedicated clothing. This is something to keep in mind when designing the dress code.

For instance, if the event includes a hike, guests may need to come with activewear and sneakers. Some celebrations of life include a dramatization of favorite memories of the deceased. This may require a change of clothing from participating guests.

Knowing the event’s activities beforehand is integral to picking out what your guests. That’s why it’s important to ensure you and your family are on the same page during the event planning to avoid inconvenient surprises.

The type of celebration of life

Unlike traditional funeral events, celebrations of life can be informal or formal. The exact nature depends on the organizing family.

For a formal ceremony, conservative outfits may be more appropriate, i.e., dark-colored suits, knee and ankle-length dresses, and skirts. Nothing attention-grabbing.

For an informal ceremony, the opposite may be the case. For instance, if the deceased was an extravagant figure, a dress code designed around their personality may require guests to wear eye-catching outfits. This may mean bright colors and revealing attires.

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The most important thing to remember is there are no rules. A celebration of life is about celebrating the deceased’s life and legacy, and the only appropriate dress code serves that purpose.

If the deceased was a member of a nudist community, the right dress code might be for guests to wear nothing at all.

Finally, when you’ve made your choice, don’t forget to specify in your invitation in a way that’s easy to understand.

It also helps to work with an Affton, MO cremation service with experience creating a unique, befitting farewell for families. Our professional staff is available 24/7. Call us now to get started with arrangements.

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