Understanding Wedding Dress Codes

wedding dress codes explained

Do you get stressed out looking at the dress code on a wedding invite? What does Cocktail attire even mean? What is the difference between black time and formal? Can’t they just provide examples at this point!

We are right there with you. Bride.com does a great job of breaking down every kind of wedding dress code and what they mean. We put together some examples and inspo for the more popular ones.

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Black Tie or Formal

When it comes to black tie events, women have a variety of options for formal attire. The most traditional choice is a long evening gown, which should be made from luxurious fabrics like silk or chiffon. The dress should be floor-length and have a formal, elegant design. If you prefer a shorter dress, a dressy cocktail dress can also be appropriate for black tie events. Just make sure it’s made from high-quality materials and has a sophisticated design. Accessorize with elegant jewelry and a clutch purse to complete the look.

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A knee-length dress or skirt and blouse combination is a good choice for most cocktail parties. You can also opt for a dressy jumpsuit or pantsuit if you prefer. When it comes to shoes, choose something dressy but comfortable, such as heels or dressy flats. Accessorize with jewelry and a clutch or small handbag to complete the look.

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While the term “casual” may seem straightforward, it can mean different things to different people. Some couples may envision a laid-back beach wedding, while others may opt for a rustic barn celebration. Take cues from the wedding invitation, venue, and time of day to get a sense of the dress code.

When it comes to dressing for a casual wedding, the venue and time of day are important factors to consider. For a beach wedding, opt for lightweight fabrics and sandals or wedges. A rustic barn wedding may call for a flowy maxi dress and boots. If the wedding is in the evening, consider a dressier outfit like a jumpsuit or cocktail dress. Always make sure to check the weather forecast and dress accordingly.

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Dress Codes for wedding guests and examples
Katy Cawley
Katy Cawley
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Katy is an entrepreneur, a social media know it all, and a lover of all the vintage things. She started Katy's Flower Wagon in 2020, having recently sold that business to pursue other creative endeavors. She has been working with Sass Magazine as well as local businesses as a social media manager. You can catch her around town snapping pictures, collaborating with local businesses, and working on all things Sass!

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