Some of my readers might already know about my love for all things wedding. Most of my favorite blogs surround weddings, I am a loyal subscriber to Martha Stewart Weddings, and I work with one of the best wedding planners in Cleveland. People often ask me what is appropriate to wear to a wedding, and I recently received an e-mail from a reader inquiring about that very thing. So naturally I decided to dedicate an entire post to it!
There are many different dress codes to follow for weddings, and many different ways of finding this information. Although it is not very common, some invitations will say right on them or you can usually indicate by the wording how formal or casual the wedding itself will be. If you have no luck there check the couples wedding website. If they don't have a website or the dress code isn't listed contact a bridal party member.
most formal of all dress codes
Women- Full length formal gown.
Men- Tailcoats + Tuxedo's only, bow tie.
Women- Full length gown is best choice but can wear formal cocktail dress.
Men- Tuxedo and conservative tie
Creative Black Tie
Same as black tie but with colorful accessories
Men- Add colorful ties, shoes, and shirts.
Black Tie Optional
Women- Formal cocktail dress, full length or even dressy separates.
Men- Dark suit and conservative tie.
2nd Most Popular
Men- Darker suits for evening, lighter suits for day. Add a fun tie or shoes.
Men- Khaki suit or nice button down shirt and khaki pants.
Basic Rules of Wedding Attire Etiquette
NO white unless the couple requests it, and just to be I safe stay away from ivory, cream, nude, etc.
Classy not trashy, meaning although you may be dying for a occasion to wear your new dress keep it in the closet if it is backless, low cut, super short, or exceptionally glitzy (glittery or sequined).
REMEMBER you are a guest. While the couple wants you to look and feel your best it is their day.
Leave the standing out to the bride, groom, bridal party, and close family.
If it is a day wedding (before 5 pm) lean toward the more casual side.
If it is a evening wedding (after 5 pm) lean towards the more formal side.
I personally always lean towards the dressier side. I would rather be slightly over dressed than under.
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