Post # 1
I am attending a black tie wedding in a very nice (expensive) US beach town in May. I have no idea what to wear! I think the bride wants everyone to wear long gowns, but I am not sure if bright colors or prints are appropriate? For example, would this dress be OK for a black tie wedding? any other suggestions?
Post # 2
I think it’s a pretty dress, but very informal feeling with the large floral print.
Post # 3
aae37: Given the location, I think it works. Not every dress needs to be a solid dark color.
Post # 4
Black tie is weirdly ambiguous. Some people practically mean white tie, others consider a cute cocktail dress black tie. My first instict is to say, “Large floral patterns? No, that’s not black tie appropriate” but my second instinct is to say, “Consider the setting”. A summer beach black tie wedding? Yeah, actually, this probably would fit the bill.
I’m assuming the ceremony is outdoors? Is the reception in an open air space? If so, I’d say definitely yes to this dress. If the reception is in a formal ballroom though, I’d err on the side of caution and pick something else.
Post # 5
I love this dress and I think it’s appropriate for a long gown beach wedding. I am also having a beach wedding in an expensive resort in May, and I’d absolutely love it if any of my guests wear this dress. You can double check with the bride to be sure. Most people hesitate to ask the bride but I’d welcome it.
Post # 6
what do you mean by beach town? Is the wedding on the actual beach? Then yes I think this dress works, if it’s not on the beach and at a more formal venue I say no.
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Post # 8
What exactly do you mean beach town? I live in a resort/beach town and I’m a wedding photographer. 99% of our weddings are ON the beach. Is this black tie and they’ve just chosen this particular desitnation as the central meeting point or is it actually a BEACH wedding? If it was a regular summer beach wedding, I’d say yes. However. that is not a black tie formal dress.
Post # 9
I think it works! Dress it up with accessories/a cute clutch. I’m having a black tie destination wedding in Mexico, and would be fine with guests wearing that. I’m not sure what type of setting your friend is doing, but mine is on a sea terrace overlooking the beach/ocean, and then the recpetion is in the resorts restaurant with the same view. It’s techniclly in door, but the walls of the resturant are all glass and they fully close in on themselves – so basiclly outdoor.
When in doubt, I’d ask other guests or even the bride. I’ve had a few people ask me what other people are wearing – I love it, makes it easy.
Post # 10
It depends on the relative formality of the event. Ask what the mother of the bride will be wearing, and use that as your cue. That seems to be more of a day time pattern, and a little informal. The colours are fine, as are the length, and material.