what to wear to a black tie, summer, domestic destination wedding???

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Is this dress appropriate?
    Yes : (11 votes)
    41 %
    No : (15 votes)
    56 %
    Other : (1 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 2
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    I think it’s a pretty dress, but very informal feeling with the large floral print. 

    Post # 3
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

     

    aae37:  Given the location, I think it works. Not every dress needs to be a solid dark color.

    Post # 4
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    Busy bee

    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
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    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
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    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.

    Post # 7
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    Bumble bee
    Post # 8
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    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
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    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
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    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.

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