Black Tie Required: What to Wear to a Formal Wedding (And How to Ask for It in Your Invitations)
Not sure what to wear to a formal wedding — or how to include “black tie required” in your invites? We’ve got the answers
By Judy Lewis
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Dear Valley bride-to-be: You can write “Black Tie” or “Black Tie Invited” in your invitations to indicate a formal wedding. This means that men should wear a traditional black tuxedo, pleated-front white shirt (with cufflinks), vest (or cummerbund) with matching bow tie, black socks, and patent leather (or very shiny) shoes. Nowadays, formalwear includes a white shirt and contrasting tie, without a cummerbund or a vest. Ladies should wear long evening gowns or elegant cocktail dresses. For a daytime formal event, a white tuxedo jacket (sometimes referred to as a dinner jacket) is the proper attire. Hope this helps!