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



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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!


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Congratulations — you're involved in a wedding! Tying the knot shouldn't put knots in your stomach, so whether you're the blushing bride or hubby-to-be, an attendant or a guest, Wedding Guru Judy Lewis can answer all your need-to-know questions about your nuptials.

Judy Lewis is the founder of HudsonValleyWeddings.com, the one-stop resource for services and products, promotions and specials, a Regional Bridal Show schedule, Wed Shop, and links to money-saving and wedding-related Web sites. In her spare time, Judy loves to compose poetry and create collages. She currently resides in Kingston with her husband and business partner, Jon.

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