Your Wedding Dress Code Cheat Sheet

It’s that time of the year again...warm weather, bikini shopping, and lots and lots of wedding invites.  A chance to dance to fun music, enjoy some cake, and to decipher the dress code. We’re done a little research and rounded up the most likely dress codes you'll see:

White Tie-
This is the most formal of all wedding dress codes (think state dinners and the Oscars).

You should wear:

A formal, full-length ball gown. Glamorous makeup and dramatic jewelry and hair are appropriate.

He should wear:

A tuxedo, a long black jacket with tails, a white pique vest, and a bow tie. Black, formal shoes and even white gloves for dancing are appropriate.

 

Black Tie-
This is the next most formal wedding dress code and usually means the wedding is an evening affair.

You should wear:

A chic cocktail dress or a long evening gown.

He should wear:

A tuxedo. A black bow tie, cummerbund, and patent leather shoes are also suggested.

 

Formal or Black Tie Optional-
The wording here suggests something slightly less formal than black tie. This means that a tuxedo isn't required but the event is still formal enough for one to be appropriate.

You should wear:

A long dress, a dressy suit, or a formal cocktail-length dress.

He should wear:

A tuxedo or a formal dark suit and tie.

 

Beach Formal-
This suggests an elegant beach wedding -- so dress to impress, but also dress for the elements (sun, sand, and water). Anything you'd wear to a nice restaurant on a summer day is appropriate.

You should wear:

A formal summer sundress at tea- or knee-length with flat sandals. Makeup and hair can be natural and everyday.

He should wear:

A summer suit with a linen shirt (no ties required), linen pants or khakis, and sandals.

Semi-formal or Dressy Casual-
Depending on the time of the event, you'll want to dress somewhere between formal and casual. Wear darker, more formal hues for an evening event; opt for light colors and fabrics for a daytime wedding.

You should wear:

A cocktail dress or a dressy skirt and top.He should wear:

A suit and tie, dark or light depending on the season and time of day.

 

Casual-
Generally, casual means anything goes. That said, jeans, shorts, and tank tops are probably not appropriate unless they're specifically noted as acceptable. For the purposes of wedding wear, assume business casual to be on the safe side.

You should wear:

A summer sundress or a skirt or pants with a nice blouse. Makeup and hair can be natural and everyday.

He should wear:

Dress pants with a button-down shirt or polo.
Have a wonderful day!

Trista
Wit & Whimsy

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