When planning a wedding it is important to consider the attire to include on the wedding invitation for your wedding guests. The most common dress code for weddings is black-tie, but what exactly does that entail? We have all of the information you need to dress to impress at your next wedding with a black-tie attire wedding dress code.
Dressed to the Nines in Black-Tie Attire
What is black-tie attire?
Black-tie attire is most often seen at formal events such as weddings, prom, and other formal evening events. Guests should be expected to wear nice dresses and suits or tuxedos when presented with an invitation to a black-tie event.
Black-Tie Attire for Women
- Floor length gowns
- Elegant Cocktail Dresses
- Formal Pant Suits
- Proper Shoes
- Nice Jewelry
As a woman dressing for a black-tie affair, be sure to consider the venue and season when choosing a dress. For a springtime wedding, consider a lovely pastel. For fall weddings, jewel tones and darker hues are perfect! Any color is perfectly fine, other than white or any shade of off-white, including ivory. A floor-length dress is preferred, but an appropriate cocktail dress or your fanciest little back dress can be acceptable as well. Take this formal wedding or event as an opportunity to dress up and feel your best! Consider adding a touch of jewelry if your dress is a bit simpler.
Black-Tie Attire for Men
- Formal Dinner Suits
- White Button Downs
- Neckties or Bowties
- Cufflinks and Pocket Squares
- Black Shoes and Socks
For men, the options of what to wear to a black-tie dress code event are a little more limited. Men are expected to wear a suit or a tux to a black-tie wedding, no ifs and or buts about it. Be sure to stick to a simple color palate for the jacket, pants, and shirt. Black, Navy, and Grey are timeless options and can be worn again if you opt to buy your suit or tuxedo.
You can also choose to rent your black-tie attire. Andre’s offers tux rentals provided by Jim’s Formal Wear with all of the top brands including Michael Kors. Tuxedo rental is the easiest option for the wedding party to ensure all of the men are looking sharp on the big day! Tux rentals include every piece of the tuxedo, down to the shoes. Feel free to get fancy with accessories such as a fun printed bow tie, snazzy cuff links, or a fun pocket square.
What NOT to Wear
Whether you are in the wedding party, or attending as a guest, there is one simple rule when dressing for a black-tie wedding. Do not under any circumstance upstage the bride! If you are hesitant about whether your attire is appropriate, you may want to reconsider. It is important to remember when dressing for a wedding you should treat the bride and groom’s dress code specifications with care and respect. After all, this is the most important day of the bride and groom’s life!
Andre’s Banquet & Catering | St. Louis, MO
At Andre’s, we are a full-service catering company. We provide the meal, 4-hour open bar, china dinnerware, linen tablecloths, chair covers, the personnel, as well as an onsite coordinator. We are a one-stop-shop facility that can offer guidance in planning and organizing your day. Andre’s coordinates with several different vendors to make your planning process painless!
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