Wedding Attire Guidelines

Tuxedo

I’m always a big fan of including a dress code on wedding invitations. Guests that live in your area might be able to guess the formality based on the location, but out-of-town guests won’t have a clue! Save everyone from embarrassment of being under- or over-dressed by adding a little line on the bottom of your invitation with the suggested attire.

  • White Tie (channel your inner Downton Abbey)
    Men: Tuxedo with tails, a white vest, and a bow tie. White gloves are appropriate for dancing.
    Women: A formal, floor-length evening gown, preferably in a dark color.
  • Black Tie
    Men: Traditional tuxedo, preferably with a black bow tie and cummerbund. (yes, you’ll look like a maitre d’, but so will everyone else)
    Women: A long dress or a formal cocktail-length dress in a dark color.
  • Black Tie Optional / Formal
    Men: Tuxedo or dark suit.
    Women: A long dress or a formal cocktail-length dress in a dark color. (think little black dress)
  • Semi-Formal
    Men: Suit and tie, either light or dark depending on the season and time of day. Wear darker colors for evening, lighter colors for daytime.
    Women: Cocktail dress or other dressy dress.
  • Casual
    Men: Dress of khaki pants with a button-down shirt or polo shirt.
    Women: Sundress or even capris and a cute top.
    (If it’s a beach wedding, use “Beach Casual”)

For even more attire guidelines, check out EmilyPost.com’s Attire Guide.