I cannot believe that the etiquette questions in Brides magazine come from real people.
"Can I put the dress code 'boating elegant' on the invitation? I want our wedding to look like it's at a yacht club on the Riviera."
The editors of Brides magazine were pretty helpful - they basically said, this is a really bad idea. So I was satisfied with their answer.
My response would be, "Are you freaking kidding me? If you want your wedding to look like it's at a yacht club on the Riviera, get married at a yacht club on the Riviera and hire actors to play your guests. Your wedding is not a theatrical event, and you cannot orchestrate every last detail of it no matter how hard you try."
But here's the question - what would you wear if you got this dress code instruction?
I think I would go with a female version of the Gondola driver outfit - stunning black silk capris and a black and white striped blouse - along with a red scarf around my neck or a red hat, and red shoes, for that punch of color. I think I would achieve "boating elegant" but I still would not look like I was at a yacht club on the Riviera.