Every Wedding Guest Dress Code Explained from Black Tie to Casual



Every Wedding Guest Dress Code Explained from Black Tie to Casual. I cover White Tie, Black Tie, Black Tie Optional, Semiformal/Cocktail, Casual, and Cultural.

**If you do not identify as a woman, you can always wear a jumpsuit or tuxedo or pantsuit for black tie weddings. Dresses are never the only option for formal. I forgot to mention this.**

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24 thoughts on “Every Wedding Guest Dress Code Explained from Black Tie to Casual

  1. *If you do not identify as a woman, you can always wear a jumpsuit or tuxedo or formal pantsuit for black tie weddings. Dresses are never the only option for formal. I forgot to mention this.*

  2. As a constructive criticism, I would refrain from saying "it is unlikely you will be invited to/attending a white tie wedding." and placing less attention to this attire and the etiquette if you are including it on your video. Although people who attend this type of event are highly unlikely to be looking for 'dress code' advice on this platform, it defeats the purpose of providing advice in this category.

  3. I plan on wearing White Tie to my wedding. The dress code for my wedding party is Black Tie, and then regular suits/cocktail for guests. I think making the bride and groom a notch up in terms of formality makes them stand out just that bit more. Besides, White Tie is such a unique and difficult-to-fit garment, that I wouldn't be comfortable asking people who might have no idea how to wear it to try to fit into one.

  4. my granddaughter is getting marry in June 2nd and it will be formal but I don't have a formal dress….I am now 76 years old and I don''t have a body for a long dress what can I wear for a formals wedding?

  5. You didn’t discuss Formal Day Dress/Morning Suits🙁 We are having Formal Day Dress as the dress code for our ceremony & since the reception is way later in the day with a several hour gap in between, we are having a White-tie dress code for the reception.

  6. Thank you for the tips! I have never been to a wedding and the bride said to dress formal. Maybe I overthink it as someone who knows little about fashion (literally black-t-blue-jean-everyday girl) but this helped significantly – especially advising us to dress no less than the venue!

  7. I choose to wear a black and red vintage blouse with black pants that kinda looks like a jumpsuit. I was insecure about the black, but It's not a deep black, and I added a bit of red at the legs of the pants to balance and make it look like one single piece. I hope it doesn't look way too dark

  8. So mad. Have a wedding to attend in less than a month outside and the attire isn't listed and when asked they say to wear whatever you want. I have no clue if I'm going to be over or underdressed. My MIL and FIL's wedding was a barn wedding casual required. MIL is helping them put it together, so I'm going to go with a really nice romper or cocktail style dress and put more effort in the extras.

  9. Thank you for the lovely video!!! How would you suggest a wedding guest to prepare for transitional season? My best friend's wedding is in September in Canada, so sometimes it can be 20 degree Celsius and it can also be 8 degree Celsius…..

  10. I may be going to a No Kids cocktail style wedding in the fall. I’ll be 16 at the time. What style dress is appropriate for a 16yo to wear to a cocktail wedding? There’s not really anything online on what teenagers should wear to these types of weddings.(FYI I may not be allowed to go but it is just No Kids so there’s not like screaming and crying and what not. Not for anything like actually adult. Just figured I should clarify that haha!!)

  11. My only regret in my wedding is not emphasizing the word formal in attire

    People came in graphic tee, ripped jeans and Crocs 🙈🙈😬😬

    Although I didn't even notice until we receive the photos

    Amazing day anyway👰🤵

  12. Our wedding dress code is "Semi Formal Creative", as we want our guests to feel comfortable wearing something more bold or out there. If they have a cool pattern or design outfit that they can never wear, our wedding is where they can put it to use.

  13. I'm going to a napa wedding in spring 2022. What should I wear. It's a black tie formal. I have a long flowy floral print dress. Would that be okay

  14. I’ve never heard of white tie! Haha def validates what you meant by rare loll thank you for this it was very helpful!

  15. Thanks for speaking on the cultural wedding attire! I'm Nigerian-Canadian and it's quite common to invite guests from all backgrounds to dress in Nigerian attire for the more traditional wedding events. You are so correct that in this instance, it is not cultural appropriation but rather appreciation and respect for the couple's culture/customs!

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