The definitions of wedding attire

You’ve been invited to a white tie wedding, and you aren’t exactly sure what this means for you and your date. Don’t worry if you don’t quite get when to wear a cocktail dress and when to wear a gown! This is understandable. With all the new fashion trends coming out, sometimes it’s hard to know what’s appropriate. In this guide, I will give you a few tips on what to wear, and the definitions of formal attire. I hope this will answer your questions and rightfully prepare you for that white tie wedding!

Black and white

White tie affairs call for minks, furs and diamonds. It’s the most formal attire there is! For men, this includes a tailcoat, a white vest, a white collared shirt with a stiff front and a white bow tie. Women clad in floor length evening gowns are very much appropriate; this is the attire to wear for a grand entrance.

An example of white tie attire

While you’re still expected to be formal for a black tie function, you can leave the long gloves at home. Men wear tuxedos while ladies can get away with a dressy cocktail dress or a long evening gown. Kim and Kanye’s wedding is an example of a black tie occasion.

A black tie occassion

Then there are the creative black tie and black tie optional events. In creative black tie, the men and women wear the same as black tie but with whimsical items like different coloured bow ties for the gents and fun accessories for the ladies. Men can wear dark suits for black tie optional.

Formal and semi-formal

Another option out there is the resort formal which is a popular choice for beach weddings or warm weather locations. It may incorporate bright colours, light weight cloth and floral patterns, but keep the beach wear at home please.

Semi-formal means that tuxedos and long dresses are not required. Cocktail dresses for the ladies and suits for the gents are the typical choices here.

When picking out your outfit, pay attention to the invitation, season and venue. Follow these guidelines and you’ll be among the best-dressed wedding guests!

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