The most formal attire for a wedding is white tie and if you receive a wedding invitation in the mail that says white tie is required, you're pretty restricted as to what you should and should not wear. According to the guru of etiquette Emily Post men should wear a tailcoat, a formal white shirt, white vest and tie, white or gray gloves, and black opera pumps (shoes without laces). For female guests, a formal floor-length evening gown is the right choice.
A black tuxedo or evening jacket and matching trousers are standard for men at a black-tie event, but leave the white tie at home. Gentlemen should wear a black tie, black vest or cummerbund, and suspenders. During the summer, a white dinner jacket and black tuxedo trousers are also acceptable according to Emily Post. (Other experts will accept a conservative black suit as a substitute for the tux.)
For the women, there are two options. You can go a bit dressier and wear a formal floor length gown, or choose a short, dressy cocktail dress.
For a semiformal wedding, a dark suit with a white shirt and conservative tie is suitable for men. For the ladies, a cocktail dress or a long, dressy skirt with a top are suitable. If the invitation does not make note of a specific attire, these are the guidelines guests should follow, but try to help guests by being as specific as you can on the invitation or on your wedding website.
A casual wedding held outdoors or on the beach is much more laid-back, especially when it comes to attire. Male guests can't go wrong with a nice button-down shirt with tie and khaki pants, a sport jacket or sweater can also be worn. But according to Emily Post you may also be able to get away with khaki shorts or Bermudas and a polo shirt. For the ladies, a sundress is perfectly appropriate for any outdoor or casual wedding, just be mindful of the fabric. You don't want anything that looks too formal. To see a full attire guide for other types of events visit emilypost.com
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