Places to Dress Up

NeoDevin
My wife likes to get dressed up and go out, but we don't have a lot of money for going to fancy restaurants or clubbing.

Any ideas on places we could go out, where we would be able to get dressed nicely (the more formal the better), but that don't cost a lot of money (or preferably none)?

Jimmy Snyder

rootX
I didn't know clubbing was expensive (~15$/per two persons for a night). Or, you guys can go to those classy picnics. Personally, I prefer self serve food places and outdoor activities so I am not much help here. Last edited: Staff Emeritus Science Advisor Gold Member Free concerts, maybe? Although most are pretty casual. After all, you usually have to sit on the grass. Staff Emeritus Science Advisor Gold Member Oh...church! rootX or movies! Most classy people I know either go watch movies or go visit those special events in the city (like food tasting) :rofl: Mentor Do you guys have people over? You could have a "bring your own" dress up party. NeoDevin How about a promenade along a nearby river or park? Winter is coming soon, but that's a good idea for the summer. I didn't know clubbing was expensive (~15$/per two persons for a night).

We're looking for something we can do regularly. Around here it's at least $10/person, which, if we do it weekly, is almost$100/month. Once in a while is ok though.

Free concerts, maybe? Although most are pretty casual. After all, you usually have to sit on the grass.

I don't know if there are many free concerts around here, I'll look into it.

Oh...church!

This is a good idea, but won't work for us.

or movies! Most classy people I know either go watch movies or go visit those special events in the city (like food tasting) :rofl:

Food/wine tasting might be an idea, if I can find any nearby.

Do you guys have people over? You could have a "bring your own" dress up party.

This is a good idea.

NeoDevin
Thanks for the suggestions everyone.

Pkruse
There is a huge variety in churches. Almost anyone can find one that suits them, even some that are non-theist. That is a term being used as "athiest" used to be used before it was hijacked in popular usage to mean something else. They often become low cost social clubs for like minded people. You might start with a Unity church, which is very tolerant of all beliefs. If that does not suit you, then you will meet lots of people who are able to point you in a more suitable direction.

ThinkToday
My wife likes to get dressed up and go out, but we don't have a lot of money for going to fancy restaurants or clubbing.

Any ideas on places we could go out, where we would be able to get dressed nicely (the more formal the better), but that don't cost a lot of money (or preferably none)?

My daughter is big time into swing dancing. There are classes and dances almost weekly that are mutli-generational, but mostly young folks (late teens and twenties). They dress up and have a blast. The lessons are cheap, dances are pretty cheap, and the outdoor dances at the local park are free. Whether is swing, country, or whatever, dancing can be a very affordable way to dress up and have a lot of fun.

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Art galleries?

leroyjenkens
You could go to a play. Depending on where it's at, it could be pretty cheap. If there are any colleges around, you could go to one of their plays. They're always really cheap because usually drama students have to go as part of the course.

Studiot
There is another way to go to a play or other production.

Join an amateur dramatics or operatic group as a 'helper'.
They are always looking for smart 'front of house' volunteers and you would get to see the production for free as well.

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Art galleries?
or museums or libraries, especially if there is an interesting lecture.

Churches (or other religious institutions). UUs are mostly harmless.

There are groups like secular humanists or ethical culturists (Society for Ethical Culture). One could join the group for coffee and snacks or light lunch.

Mentor
How about an inexpensive restaurant like Applebees or a local Chinese restaurant? Or does it matter if everyone else is dressed-up too?

edward
My wife likes to get dressed up and go out, but we don't have a lot of money for going to fancy restaurants or clubbing.

Any ideas on places we could go out, where we would be able to get dressed nicely (the more formal the better), but that don't cost a lot of money (or preferably none)?

That pretty much limits it to funerals. The devil made me do that.

Mentor
Sorry, I have to ask why someone that wants to dress up for a social outing would pick going to church? "Honey, we haven't been to that church yet and you look really hot in that outfit!. Let's go sit in a pew!" :uhh:

rootX
That pretty much limits it to funerals. The devil made me do that.

:rofl:

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Sorry, I have to ask why someone that wants to dress up for a social outing would pick going to church? "Honey, we haven't been to that church yet and you look really hot in that outfit!. Let's go sit in a pew!" :uhh:

In my very casual, denim-and-flannel world, the only places I know of where people dress up are funerals, weddings, and church. Well at least I assume they dress up for church - I wouldn't know .

rootX
Sorry, I have to ask why someone that wants to dress up for a social outing would pick going to church? "Honey, we haven't been to that church yet and you look really hot in that outfit!. Let's go sit in a pew!" :uhh:
One or two churches I been to seemed far more social than religious places. I also know few people who found or thought of finding partner at a church :rofl:

Mentor
How about an inexpensive restaurant like Applebees or a local Chinese restaurant? Or does it matter if everyone else is dressed-up too?
If you go early or late, you can pretend you're going out somewhere fancy, or just got back from somewhere fancy.

rootX

In my very casual, denim-and-flannel world, the only places I know of where people dress up are funerals, weddings, and church. Well at least I assume they dress up for church - I wouldn't know .

Or, they could be wedding crashers

Mentor

In my very casual, denim-and-flannel world, the only places I know of where people dress up are funerals, weddings, and church. Well at least I assume they dress up for church - I wouldn't know .
Oh Oh oh!! Crash funerals and weddings!!! Of couse that deep cut, red sequined mini dress might not do so well at a funeral.

rootX
Oh Oh oh!! Crash funerals and weddings!!! Of couse that deep cut, red sequined mini dress might not do so well at a funeral.
But I guess funerals would be much easier to crash as long you know the dead person name!

Mentor
But I guess funerals would be much easier to crash as long you know the dead person name!
You can read funeral and wedding announcements. And fancy dresses will go over better at a wedding reception.

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If you live near a university or a publicly-supported art gallery, there should be quite a few low-cost or free events to choose from. Back around 1970, the art gallery crowd tended to be a bit bohemian in appearance, so if things haven't changed much, you might tend to stick out in that crowd.

If your nearest university has a decent music school, there will be lots of recitals. They are generally free and can be quite entertaining. Nobody is going to look askance at you if you show up in formal dress. Plus, it's a nice way to lend support to the musicians.

It might not seem like much, but musicians need to have an audience, even if they are not getting paid.

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Gale
We're looking for something we can do regularly. Around here it's at least $10/person, which, if we do it weekly, is almost$100/month. Once in a while is ok though.

100 bucks a month isn't really that bad if its something important. (Relatively, cell phone bills cost almost that much.) Though you could go bi-weekly and its only $50, and still considered a "regular" outing. In general,$10 a person to do anything is quite cheap. Movies cost about that much, and dinner at Applebees is even more. You could plan on going clubbing twice a month, and then every other week try to find a free event. But I can't think of many places that cost money that cost less than $10 a person. Some museums have open nights you can attend for free. But many also cost around$10. Some charity events are rather formal, but the nature of them implies that you're willing to donate a reasonable sum to the charity.

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Rsl.

Good call, if NeoDevin and wife are Aussies.

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NeoDevin
Rsl.

I have no idea what that is...

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