Post # 1
I’m not sure if this is the appropriate place to post this…
We just got an invitation for a wedding for July and it says “formal”. I’ve seen Black Tie, Black Tie optional, and White Tie stipulated on wedding invitations before, but I’m not sure where “formal” falls on that line. Should I assume like sorority formal/high school formal here? Long dress and a tux for him? I know the bride is really stressed right now since they’re also graduating college and moving across the country for their first real jobs, so I don’t want to bug her if I can help it.
Post # 2
Where is the venue? Maybe that can help you determine if formal means black-tie optional vs black-tie
Post # 3
I believe Formal is basically like Black Tie Optional.
Post # 4
Formal is between Semi-formal and Black Tie- sometimes called Black tie Optional
Black Tie Optional
Formal (floor length) evening gown
Dressy cocktail dress
A “little black dress”
Tuxedo (see “Black Tie” above)
Dark suit, white dress shirt, and conservative tie
Leather dress shoes and dark dress socks
From The Knot
The invite says: “Formal” or “Black Tie Optional”
The wording here suggests something slightly less formal than black tie. This means that a tuxedo isn’t required but the event is still formal enough for one to be appropriate.
He should wear:
A tuxedo or a formal dark suit and tie.
She should wear:
A long dress, a dressy suit, or a formal cocktail-length dress in a dark, neutral tone like brown, gray, or black.