(Closed) Help! What to wear to a "black tie" wedding that starts at 3pm?

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

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
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

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independencewave:  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
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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independencewave:  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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

If it says black tie, go black tie.  It’s better to be over-dressed than under dressed.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015 - Holly Hedge Estate

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independencewave:  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 # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I’d always rather be overdressed than underdressed.. Plus, no matter how much of a faux pas it is.. You’re following their wishes.

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