Post # 1
I’m in a minor panic and am hoping someone can help. DH and I are guests at a wedding tomorrow – the invitation indicated “Black Tie” attire. Accordingly, DH brought a tux, and I packed a (really formal) gown. I just re-read the invitation and noticed that the ceremony starts at 3pm with the reception beginning at 5pm – way too early for black tie!
I’m reading online that “black tie” before 6pm actually means “black tie optional.” I guess my question is – what should we wear: our original black tie outfits, or something less formal? We flew in for the wedding and don’t have other clothes so I’d have to do some last-minute scrambling/shopping. I just don’t want to be the only people in a tux/gown in room full of suits/dresses or vice versa.
Post # 2
Wear black tie, because the person who made the invites probably did not expect anyone to read it as “optional” and want a formal wedding. I would not think the time changed the dress code for a wedding!
Post # 3
I wouldn’t think of an afternoon wedding as black tie either, but I would still dress that way since the B&G specifically put it on the invitation. Besides, I’d rather be overdressed than underdressed any day 🙂
Post # 4
I would have suggested a cocktail dress for you and a suit for him for the ceremony, then change to black tie for the reception.
Post # 5
If it says black tie, go black tie. It’s better to be over-dressed than under dressed.
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2015 - Holly Hedge Estate
Definitely go Black Tie. I went to a black tie optional wedding on a Saturday and it started at 3 pm. Everyone was dressed so beautfully and upscale. It was really very cool to be honest. Don’t feel funny because of what others on the street may think, take it as an excuse to get all fancy!!
Post # 7
Thanks guys – black tie it is! I really want to wear this dress anyway 🙂
Post # 8
I’d always rather be overdressed than underdressed.. Plus, no matter how much of a faux pas it is.. You’re following their wishes.