What to Wear at a Wedding: What Does Black Tie Attire Mean?
The wedding invitation says “black tie attire” — what’s acceptable and what’s not?
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The Wedding Guru answers: You are correct. According to etiquette, “black tie” means tuxedos for men and cocktail dresses for women. Maybe your mother is confusing it with “white tie attire,” which requires floor-length gowns? (Honestly, I think the fewer financial obligations you put on your guests, the better. Forcing someone to buy a long gown that will be worn only once is thoughtless!) Tell your mom that what the guests wear is far less important than if they have a good time look forward to being at your wedding!