(Closed) What do they mean exactly Black Tie Optional?

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Black tie optional means...
    Floor length gown : (7 votes)
    50 %
    Any dressy dress : (2 votes)
    14 %
    Floor length gown or short dress : (5 votes)
    36 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Black Tie Optional or Black Tie Invited gives you the option of wearing a tuxedo or formal dress, but it should clue you into the formality of the event, meaning a dark suit and tie would be your other option. Women wear cocktail, long dresses or dressy evening separates.

    Post # 4
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    Helper bee

    You could probably get away with a fancy short dress, but traditionally, black tie means floor-length gown for women. 

    Post # 5
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    From my experience….

    The point of Black Tie Optional is to let you know the it is a formal event but the dress code is as follows:

    men – tuxedo or dark suit

    women – long dresses or cocktail dresses

    Post # 6
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Traditionally, it means floor-length gowns, but a very fancy shorter dress is fine.

    Post # 7
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011 - Vandiver Inn

    I always understood that the difference between black tie and black tie optional is the men, not the women. Black tie optional means the men don’t have to wear a tux like they do with straight black tie. Women should do the same thing for both dress codes.

    Wouldn’t be the first time I was wrong though, if I am. 😉

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