(Closed) Help! Is this wedding guest dress suitable for a black tie / formal wedding?

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
3443 posts
Sugar bee

I would wear it but I have no idea if it would pass muster for those who are very knowledgeable about dress code:)

Post # 3
331 posts
Helper bee

I think that’s perfect! Pair it with some nice heels and you’re set :] 

Post # 4
2076 posts
Buzzing bee

I question if this wedding is actually black tie or if they are only saying that because they are trying to make their guests dress a certain way.

But for a formal wedding, yes that dress will do just fine.

Post # 5
4037 posts
Honey bee

I think it’s fine. Do you have some blingy bracelets you could wear.? How about a fancy wrap?

Post # 6
2852 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

When I think of black tie formal, I invision a long dress TBH. But I’m sure you could get away with wearing this if you didnt feel like buying something.

Post # 7
2176 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

2XMOB:  All of this

Post # 8
47278 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Many women choose a short black cocktail dress for formal attire. The key factor is the fabric. I have to assume that a dress with an embellished neckline like yours, is made with a dressy fabric.

It will be fine.

Post # 9
3474 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Does this dress conform to the actual meaning of “black tie?” No. The good news is that most people (even the couple themselves, sometimes) aren’t actually up on what is meant by most dress code categories. Unless this is an extremely prim& proper couple with 100% prim & proper guests, no one is going to bat an eyelash at your gorgeous dress. Honey, if I had a dollar for every time someone told me to dress formal and then when I arrived the hosts themselves were no more than business casual, I could definitely buy a new ballgown with the proceeds.  I bet there will be plenty of people dressed less formally than you. I would consider wearing black nylons (not opaque tights) with it, though.

Post # 11
956 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I think it is fine. I’d glam it up a bit with some fun shoes and jewelry, maybe a wrap.

What are they gonig to do, kick you out becuase of your dress? It’s not like you are showing up in jeans.

Post # 12
1350 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

As long as the wedding isn’t white tie you should be great in a beautiful cocktail dress! 

Post # 13
7130 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

DGN85:  Based on your description of the wedding, which sounds about as opposite as Black Tie can be, I think you’ll be totally fine. In fact, that dress feels too formal for a town hall wedding and pub reception. That being said, I have a personal rule that it’s better to be over dressed than underdressed so I’d go ahead and wear the dress. 

Post # 14
32 posts
  • Wedding: February 2016

DGN85:  we are having a black tie wedding (next Friday, eeeep!) and I would deem it not appropriate given it’s above the knee. HOWEVER, given you’ve said the reception is at a pub it is more than appropriate. I find it a little odd that they have stated black tie for a pub reception?! Anyway, I’m sure they were just worried people would underdress. That dress is perfect! Have a great time! 

Post # 15
460 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

kylie575:  +1

I was gonna say if I had a black tie wedding, I wouldnt like my guest to wear this. But the setting for back tie weddings are usually upscale hotel with banquet hall. And this setting seems rather informal, at most “black tie optional,” I think there would be no problem.

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