People see weddings as an opportunity to dress up and look their very best. Guests’ clothing should be appropriate to an occasion that is, at its heart, a serious ceremony, and also often one that takes place in a house of worship as well as a time of celebration.
The wedding invitation and the time of the wedding will be your best guide to its formality. Other factors will influence your dress choice:
Here is a breakdown of what kind of attire is expected for men and women and for different levels of formality:
Women*: Cocktail or dressy afternoon dress
Men: Dark suit; conservative shirt and tie.
Women*: Depending on local customs, long evening dress or dressy cocktail dress; gloves optional.
Men: Tuxedo (required if invitation states “Black tie”) or dark suit.
Women*: Dressy afternoon dress, suit, or pantsuit.
Men: Dark suit; Blazer, grey flannels, tie.
Women: Cocktail dress, dressy pantsuit.
Men: Dark suit.
Women*: Afternoon dress; dressy skirt or pants and blouse.
Men: Sports jacket or blazer, slacks, tie optional.
Women*: Afternoon or cocktail dress.
Men: Blazer, grey flannel or slacks, tie optional.
*Hats or head coverings optional (unless required).