Black tie weddings are the complete opposite of a casual wedding. The black tie code is sometimes classified as “semi-formal” in contrast to the “formal” white tie, or as “formal” in contrast to the “most formal” of white tie. Once more common, white tie dress code is now fairly rare, being reserved for only extremely formal occasions. An event after six in the evening used to automatically mean black tie. Though not everyone knows this and not all black tie events take place after six.
From letterpress or engraved invitations to white gloved service to all men in tuxes and women in gowns…these are typical indications of a black tie event. How to distinguish your wedding as a black tie event can be done in a few simple steps.
1) List your request on your wedding website and wedding invitations. Just as you would say “adult reception only” when you want no children present, black tie events need to be specific to your requests as well. Say something along the lines of “Break out your tuxes and gowns and your dancing shoes for our black tie wedding.”
2) Also list on your invites and website “Black Tie optional” or “Black Tie only.” Women generally know how to dress when this is included.
3) Include a champagne toast, white gloved servers, and over-the-top food selections. Some weddings even have signature drinks flowing from ice sculptures!
4) Don’t forget the music! At black tie events, you will probably not hear any David Guetta or Usher playing, it is typical for a black tie wedding to have a wedding band or DJ that caters to different generations and music styles.
All the glitz and glam are sure to make the evening not only special for the bride and groom, but the guests as well. As a society, we rarely get to dress to the nines on such occasions, so why not pump up the pizzazz factor for your big day?