According to wedding guru Mindy Weiss, there are a few simple guidelines to follow when determining what to wear to a wedding. In her book "The Wedding Book", (or as A's mother refers to it, The Bible) Mindy writes that "in more formal days, you didn't need to specify a dress code: A wedding after 6 p.m. was always black-tie." Nowadays it’s a little trickier and in the modern day of the ‘anything goes’ attitude you can often confuse your guests. MW advises using one of the suggestions below to avoid your guests calling and asking what they should wear. Let’s face it, even when an invitation indicates the attire, it's still tough to decide on an outfit.
Here’s a guide to help you decode your invite:
- White-tie: Tails for men and long gowns for women.
- Black-tie: Tuxedos for men, formal gowns of any length for women.
- Black-tie Optional (Welcome) or Formal Attire: Dark suits or tuxedos for men, dresses or formal evening pants for women.
- Cocktail Attire: Suits for men, dresses or dressy pants for women.
Regardless of what’s indicated on the invite, it’s crucial to dress appropriately. Ladies should embody head-to-toe elegance (that doesn’t mean you need to be in a ball gown) that’s well suited for the venue and time of year, and of course their arm candy should be sporting an equally dashing suit and tie. It’s a wedding; always remember to keep it classy – too much cleavage or a wrinkled dress shirt is more suited for a walk of shame, not a walk down the aisle.
Until next time,
A & S