It’s the day you have dreamt of and planned for since you were little and it’s finally here! Your wedding day is one of the most memorable and magical days of your life. That being said, the dreams of a princess fairy tale wedding complete with ball gowns, tuxedos, and limousines are totally understandable. If your dream is that of an elegant and sophisticated affair you have probably considered planning a black tie wedding! Black tie weddings are elegant, amazing, and a Wedding Guys favorite, but there are a few things you should know if you’re contemplating walking down this road, or should we say aisle!
So what is a “black tie” wedding anyway? Other than a white tie, which isn’t very common, a black tie wedding is the most formal dress code you’ll attend when it comes to weddings or events. Guests invited to black-tie affairs should abide by specific etiquette when it comes to the dress code. Ladies can take this as an opportunity to relive your high school prom glory days and look your best in a floor-length dress. Let’s be honest, when else will you be able to pull off a long formal gown and fancy jewels? Embrace the opportunity! As for the guys, keep it classy and sophisticated with a tuxedo jacket, matching trousers, a bow tie, cummerbund, and patent leather or calfskin pumps.
Dress For Success
The first thing to consider if you are going for this luxurious look is to make sure all the guests are on the same page. It’s important you don’t assume all your guests understand what black tie means. But first, you must define it yourself; black tie means different things to different brides. Clearly define what your dress code expectations are and consider creating a wedding website to communicate these expectations. Being open and clear with your guest will relieve and last-minute wardrobe malfunctions or stresses.
Next, make sure you match your reception dining choices with the elegance of your guest’s attire when planning a black tie wedding. If you’re hosting a black-tie wedding, guests should be seated and served for the dinner hour. Check out some of our amazing catering vendors that will help you create the perfect custom menu for your black tie wedding! Consider taking inspiration from dishes and drinks at some of your favorite upscale restaurants. We love to think outside the box, even when it comes to the high-class elegance of black-tie events.
The Perfect Fit
Make sure black tie really fits you and your spouse-to-be’s personality. The two of you are saying “I Do” because you’re a match made in heaven, but ask yourself if you and black tie have that same connection. Don’t get pressured to throw an event that may work for your parents or friend’s style but not yours. Keep in mind that your wedding day is about celebrating your relationship and love, and that should be the focus. If you’re uncomfortable with the style and dress code, it’s safe to say your guests will be too! On the contrary, have fun with it! If you take this as an opportunity to glam it up and celebrate, it is sure to be a night no one will forget!
Go Big or Go Home
Planning a black tie wedding means going big on everything from the invitations to the venue, menu, entertainment and décor. Think sleek, classic, and elegant. Take inspiration from other formal events you love such as award shows, galas, or even the royal wedding! This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to treat yourself and your guests to the red carpet lifestyle!
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