Our Dress Code for the Wedding Bash is: "Black tie preferred".
Black tie prefered? Well if you're not sure what we mean by this, take a look at the article below which explains it all!
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You’ve been invited to an event – be it a wedding, business function or birthday bash – and the invitation says “Black tie preferred” in small letters at the bottom. “Preferred” means discretionary in this context. Nevertheless, when party throwers include these words on the invitation, the word comes with some caveats, as this particular preference sets the formality standard high. The bonus is that these events usually come with great food and outstanding entertainment. Here are some tips for dressing for the event.
Know what “black tie” means first. A black tie event is a formal event and guests dress accordingly. The term “black tie” means that the hosts expect guests to wear tuxedos and formal gowns or cocktail dresses.
Know what “preferred” means. Preferred means that the hosts are not going to turn anyone away who is not wearing a tuxedo or gown. However, formal attire is still the expected norm at such events.
Realize that if you do not own, or would rather not wear, a tuxedo or formal gown, you can take it down a notch. For men, this means wearing a very dark suit (black, gray or navy) with a standard tie or a bow tie that is not loud. In general, men should stick with classic tailoring for these events. Women have a slightly broader spectrum from which to choose. Many cocktail dresses are quite formal and perfectly acceptable.
Coordinate your levels of formality if going as a couple. In other words, she should not wear a red carpet worthy gown while he is in a simple suit.
Do not show up in business casual, sportswear or casual clothes. Not only would doing so be insulting to the hosts but anyone who is not dressed formally will stick out like a sore thumb and not in a good way.
Consider renting a tuxedo or knock-out gown if you cannot afford one. Even though these events say “black tie preferred” in most cases, over 90 percent of attendees will go the tuxedo and dress route. We have so few chances as adults to dress up, so have some fun and enjoy the formality.
Remember that all rules can be broken. If you are particularly sophisticated when it comes to style, you can step outside of the bounds of the aforementioned suggestions, so long as in doing so you remain respectful of your gracious hosts.