TOAST {Social Graces}
Decoding the Dress Code
Welcome to the Social Graces column on Tiny Bubbles. Here, we hope to inform you on some basic wedding etiquette directed specifically towards the wedding guest. The bride and groom have spent a great deal of time, money and thought into crafting their perfect day, as a guest you want to not only enjoy this celebration with them, but respect and honor the formality. I believe that no one intends to act in poor taste, they are simply misinformed of the proper protocol. I hope that through these tips, you will learn the accurate behavior to make you the perfect wedding guest for years to come!
Perplexed by the dress code on an invitation? Lindsay and Whitney of WM Wardrobe Consulting have collaborated to help you decipher the often unclear dress code on wedding and party invitations. This series will take place in three parts, formal, cocktail and informal to help you decide on exactly the perfect outfit for your upcoming soirees.
From Lindsay: “When in doubt of a dress code, I always suggest going with the dressier option. It is far better to be the most glamour’s in a room than the only person in a short dress in a sea of gowns.
Below, Lindsay has offered her expertise in dress code protocol and Whitney has pulled
together some outfit examples for each scenario.
{Formal Attire}
White Tie: This is the most formal of dress codes, not seen as much for weddings these days as society balls or charity functions.
Gals- a floor length gown is necessary.
Gents- A full tuxedo with a white vest (or cumberbund) and white tie, tails.

 

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Black Tie: {also referred to as Formal, Black Tie Preferred}

If any of these terms are present on your invitation, it suggests that the host would prefer formal attire.

Gals- a long gown is the preferred choice here, and most guests will likely be in gowns. It has become more commonplace to wear a shorter, cocktail dress, to a black tie events, however my advice is still to wear a gown if you own one.

Gents- A tuxedo or white dinner jacket (in warmer months)should be worn.


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Black Tie Optional {Or Black Tie Invited}

I always interpret this dress code that the host is hoping for guests to wear formal attire, but does not want to alienate those who may not own or have the means to do so. Since I always err on the side of going fancier, I say why not break out your finest…however, it’s not necessary. 

Gals: A formal, long gown or a cocktail length is appropriate or even a sharp, dressy pant suit or separates.

Gents: A tuxedo or white dinner jacket (in warmer months) is invited, but a dark suit with tie are very acceptable.


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Creative Black Tie

Thankfully, this term is rarely used. But if you see it, you can abide by the Black Tie rules or feel

free to add a festive pocket square or colorful tie to your tuxedo or wear a more funky cocktail dress!


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Thank you Whitney Manns of WM Wardrobe Consulting for help with this feature…stay tuned next week for Part Two–the Casual Dress Code!

 

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