(Closed) Formal?

posted 5 years ago in Guests
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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whoami:  Where is the venue? Maybe that can help you determine if formal means black-tie optional vs black-tie

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I believe Formal is basically like Black Tie Optional.

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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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whoami: 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”
Dressy separates


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.


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