I am confused.
Some friends are getting married in May. Their wedding is at 1pm in a protestant church, with the aforementioned "semiformal cocktail reception" to follow in the same place.
Now, for an afternoon wedding, I usually think tea length floral sundress with short sleeves or a sweater.
I'm thrown by the semi-formal descriptor because I think of that as an evening style of dress, especially combined with cocktail reception (which I'm assuming mostly refers to light hors d'oeuvres and drinks in the church hall).
I'm guessing I'll be all right with a tea-length gown (I prefer longer skirts). Should I stay away from florals? Lean towards darker colors? I'm going to have to buy something no matter what. (Egad! I have discovered a hole in my closet where wedding-appropriate clothes should be.
What does an early afternoon semiformal cocktail reception mean to you?