Wedding Formality: Knowing What To Wear

May 25 [Fri], 2012, 11:06

This level of formality indicates that men will wear suits, usually
in a color such as charcoal or navy if the weather is cooler, or in
shades of white or khaki if the weather is warm. Four in-hand ties are
also traditionally worn (this means long ties, not bow ties). Females
would usually wear daytime-appropriate dresses or suits to a semiformal daytime wedding.

At this type of wedding, men may wear dark suits or tuxedos with ties and vests. Females would wear cocktail style dresses. Everyone would look a bit more dressed up and “evening appropriate” than they would for a daytime wedding.

At a formal daytime wedding, men could wear day coats, waistcoats, or
formal suits in season-appropriate tones. Females may wear short, daytime-appropriate dresses or suits. hats and gloves could be added as accessories.

This usually really means black tie. Men would usually wear black
tuxedos with black accessories. It is acceptable, however to wear
colored or textured ties and vests. Another option for formal evening weddings
is for men to don white or ivory dinner jackets. Women should wear
dressy, glitzy cocktail dresses or long evening gowns. Beading and
glamorous accessories are encouraged.

At this type of wedding , men could wear cutaway coats with trousers in
gray tones. gray waistcoats, wing-collared shirts, and ascots or striped
ties. Females can step up their daytime look a bit here…think about
what the female guests at last year’s Royal Wedding wore! Have fun with
hats and fun colors.

This usually means white tie. Men would usually wear black tailcoats and
white waistcoats or vests, wing-collared white shirts, and white bow
ties. Fir females, glitzy evening gowns are the appropriate choice here.
Take things up a notch with fabulous jewelry, wraps, and a glamorous

Of course, there are some weddings
that call for a look that is much more casual. For instance, a beach
wedding might utilize a toned-down version of semiformal daytime. Guests
should still dress up to honor the occasion, but perhaps men could
remove jackets and women could wear dresses in lighter, more casual fabrics.