(Closed) Dress Code Help!!

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Tux = black tie.. seems pretty clear, no? Your description of formal is what i’d think, too.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think you’re looking for semi-formal attire.

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think you should say semi-formal or cocktail attire.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

@MelissaBegins, I’ve actually seen that Formal is code for Black Tie.  Don’t remember the source, but one of the places I consulted, maybe Emily Post?

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Go with semi-formal

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

You could also go with “black tie optional.” That will encourage everyone to dress up, and men will know that tuxes aren’t required.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

Semi-formal is usually used to indicate suits.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I like the sound of black tie optional, personally, more so than semi-formal. To me, semi-formal doesn’t necessarily mean suits. It could mean a shirt, pants and tie, but no jacket. I also think “formal attire” is fine; would you be bothered if some guests did wear tuxes? I doubt all the men would, but if some did and it wouldn’t bother you, you might as wlel just keep it, and if anyone has any questions about it, they can ask, as your friend did. I think if it says formal attire, people won’t necessarily think they have to go out and buy a tux if they don’t have one, whereas “black tie” would mean tux is necessary.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Oh boy, “semi-formal” takes me back to high school dances, haha!

I’m sticking with “cocktail” or “black tie invited.”

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

From my understanding “Formal” meant nice dark suits and “Black Tie” meant tuxes. Maybe stick with “Formal” and then clarify on your wedding site if you have one? “Semi-Formal” to me means slacks and coats but tie optional….

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think formal is fine. If you have a website you could put a clarification just about the tuxes part on there. I also think black tie optional is okay too but it might make people think more towards wearing a tux. You could also just say evening wear??

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