Wedding season is at hand, the preparations pre-wedding can be daunting, and exhausting. We at KissTies have it covered for you. We not only have what you require for your groomsmen but also all the intricate personalized accessories to give to your guests as giveaways. It is all very well to plan an event and go through the meticulous process of executing every tiny detail. The problem sometimes arises when our expectations or requirements are not understood or met. To ensure smooth execution of all the details we have certain tips to share with you. It is not mandatory to stipulate a dress code but it is a helpful guide for your guests. Some dress codes examples are smart casual, cocktail, or black tie. If you are not sure which dress code complements your wedding, let us walk you through popular wedding dress codes here.
So, let us start at the top, and break down the dress code styles and their wording one by one.
White Tie Dress Code
The white tie also known as the full evening dress is the most formal of all the dress codes. This style of dress is reserved for resplendently formal events i.e. royalty or celebrity weddings. This dress code dictates that women should wear formal, floor-length gowns, with or without long gloves. Men should be resplendent in black tails, a starched, wing-collared white shirt, a white vest, cufflinks, white or grey gloves, and black patent leather shoes.
Black Tie Dress Code
Although less formal than white tie, black tie is common for formal evening events that do not involve celebrities or socialites. Women should ideally wear a formal, floor-length gown, or a stylish pantsuit. Men should wear a black tuxedo paired with a white shirt, a black bow tie, a black vest or cummerbund, and black patent leather shoes
Black Tie Optional Dress Code
This a more flexible formal dress code for male guests. Women are required to wear traditional gowns, elegant cocktail dresses, or fashionable separates. Men can wear either a black tie or a dark suit with a nice tie.
Cocktail Dress Code
The cocktail dress code calls for elegance with comfort. It is when hosts want their guests to look nice and be comfortable too. Cocktail attire is best suited for an afternoon or early evening events. Women should wear knee, tea, or midi-length dresses and avoid floor-length gowns. Men should wear a suit and tie.
Semi-Formal Dress Code
A semi-formal dress code is a cross between casual and formal. Women are expected to wear a nice cocktail dress, day dress, or dressy separates. Men can wear a business suit or a dress shirt and slacks with or without a tie.
Casual Dress Code
The casual dress code is the most relaxed, but that does not mean guests should show up wearing jeans and a t-shirt. Guests are required to wear nice clothing appropriate for an office or a church. Women may wear a day dress, a blouse, and slacks, or a nice jumpsuit. Men should wear a dress shirt and slacks, a casual button-down shirt or sweater with casual trousers.
The dress code will specify and guide the guests on what to wear and you can relax and enjoy your event peacefully. Now that you know precisely what to include on your wedding invitation, let us talk about phrasing and expression on your invitation. Your wedding invitations will eventually set the tone for your forthcoming event, so you will want to word them aptly to set the right expectations for guests.
Hence, if you are planning an elegant black-tie affair, it would be sensible to use formal, sophisticated language. On the other hand, a relaxed beach wedding would be better indicated with a casual tone. At the end of the day, it is your day and you want to make it special for yourself and all involved. Planning and specifying these details may seem tedious at first but pay off splendidly in the end. We at KissTies are here to help you every step of the way.