As we start off 2015 with new memories to be made and events to attend there are many of us that may be invited to a wedding this year. One of the questions that is commonly asked is decoding the reference to the
"attire" and the difference between formal – smart casual or cocktail as requested at the bottom of most invitations. So we decided to decode these meanings with the below breakdown which we hope you will find useful.
So you have just received a invitation to a wedding and the attire says;
This is the most formal attire for all wedding dress codes. This usually means that the wedding will be through to the evening. What this usually means is, men in tuxedos and a black bow tie and ladies in formal gowns usually a long evening gown or a formal elegant cocktail dress. Bold, glamour statement jewellery can be worn and well coiffed hair is a absolute must.
This dress code is quite common for most weddings that also go through to the evening however a little lighter than the black tie attire. A dark suit and tie for men and long formal dress or formal cocktail length dress for the ladies. You can accessories with fancy jewellery and colours but still keeping within elegant tones and styles.
This one is a tough one as it can fall within the cocktail attire and can mean a variety of things based on the location of the wedding, the time it is held and the season. If the wedding will be held through to the evening suit and tie, dark or light whichever is in season for the men and a nice cocktail dress or a blouse and skirt for the ladies. For during the day ceremonies or receptions I would suggest lighter colours (NO white or ivory ladies sorry it’s the brides time to shine) and for the evening more bolder shades a red lippy and hair can either be styled down or up.
This one as mentioned above really can morph into the semi-formal attire.
A suit is a must however tie is an option for men and party dresses for the ladies works well. Here you can play on more fun colours and accessories.
SMART CASUAL / CASUAL
Smart casual using means anything goes. For the men button down shirt and slacks are good however NO jeans for a wedding. For the ladies a pretty summer sundress or skirt / pants paired with a nice blouse and nice belt works well and natural and minimal effect for hair and make up for more of a everyday look. Keep in mind footwear will be determined by the location so ladies no stilettos for a garden wedding keep to a nice wedge or dressy sandal and men always a polished dress shoe – NO thongs – sneakers or lace ups.
Overall some dress codes DO’s
We hope you found this post useful and has enlighten you with the knowledge for your next attendance to a wedding and how to approach the attire.
If you have any questions about a wedding attire that may not be included above please comment below.
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