Post # 1
I just got a friends wedding invitation for the end of April. On the invite it says black tie optional. In terms of dresses, is it more appropriate for me to wear a floor length gown, or is a short dress ok too? Can my husband just wear a suit? THanks!
Post # 3
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
You could probably get away with a fancy short dress, but traditionally, black tie means floor-length gown for women.
Post # 5
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
Traditionally, it means floor-length gowns, but a very fancy shorter dress is fine.
Post # 7
- 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. 😉