(Closed) Black Tie Event?

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Yes – when its specified on the invitation (its usually on the bottom),  that means they’re requesting guests come in black tie attire.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@lilgrizzlygirl:

tea length or floor length dresses for the girls, and either a tux or a black suit with black skinny tie for the guys is generally considered black tie (I had to look this up after receiving a similar invite)

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@lilgrizzlygirl:

haha – I hear ya.  We had to go buy a new black suit for my Mr – and the wedding ended up being called off 3 days before. I would have been livid – but fortunately Jos A Bank was having a buy one get one free sale, and we ended up getting the gray suit he’ll wear for our wedding for free. And having a nice black suit in the closet can’t hurt I guess…

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Traditionally black tie would dictate that you wear a long formal gown, however, I feel like many girls tend to also wear nice cocktail length dresses these days.  You could probably get away with that, if you don’t have/want to buy a long gown.  

All of the weddings I have been invited to lately were “black-tie” or “black-tie optional”, so it seems that formal affairs are not just for the older crowd or swanky parts of the country anymore.

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

i have to go to a black tie wedding next weekend – i did a post a few weeks back with some shorter dresses because i was clueless too haha! EVERYONE said no, absolutely not, go floor length.

im wearing the Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses from my wedding haha.

check out http://www.renttherunway.com – they have some gorgeous dresses for rent.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Seems like a rather informal way of stating a formal dress code, haha! 

She probably wants it to be a nicer fancy wedding. I would actually ask her, if you plan on going. But more likely than not she means “dress up! no jeans” if she so casually put black tie. 

Post # 12
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Black tie affair does mean Formal dress code.  And i agree with everyone else above, it means suit/tie, or tuxes for the guys… gowns and cocktail dresses for the ladies.  

Just keep in mind with the cocktail dresses… keep it classy.   i’ve seen too many weddings where the dress code was formal but girls are wearing mini dresses/skirts that look like they’re hitting up a bachelorette club party rather than a catered event aka a wedding.  smh.

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@jacinda10: It’s a fairly normal way of stating it.

I just got a wedding invite and just in the bottom right corner it just says “Black Tie”.

 

@lilgrizzlygirl: Black tie to me means floor length gowns for women and tuxedos for guys.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@KatNYC2011: The way the OP said that it says at the bottom that they can’t wait for her to join them at the black tie affair… made me think that they had handwritten a note saying “Hey Jessica, we can’t wait for you to join us at our black tie affair” – not that they had it printed on the invite.  (Which I agree, is a normal way of stating it). 

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@jacinda10: Oh, yeah. If it was a handwritten note that is a bit odd. Although it’d be funny if they wrote a different dress code for each guest.

So one is black tie, one is masquerade ball, one is vampire, one is 20’s attire, etc.

That would make for some pretty funny wedding pictures!

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper

Wear a floor length gown. 

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