When you receive an invitation that says: ‘Black Tie’
- If the event you are attending is ‘black tie’ and the invitation says the same, you are expected to wear a tuxedo.
- All guests invited to this function are required and expected to wear formalwear. However, this term does not mean you have to wear a black tie!
- Feel free to choose any color of accessories to complement your date’s attire.
When the invitation says: ‘Black Tie Preferred’
- This means the host of the party prefers to see all guests in formalwear.
- You could wear a dark suit, but tuxedos are preferred.
When the invitation says: ‘Black Tie Invited or Optional’
- In this case, it is not mandatory to wear a tuxedo.
- However, you will probably see more tuxedos than dark suits at these affairs.
- Black tuxedos and white or ivory dinner jackets with black trousers are appropriate.
- However, dinner jackets should only be worn between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
When the invitation says: ‘White Tie’
- This term means you must wear black tails with black trousers and a white pique’ formal shirt, bow tie and vest.
- This ensemble is known as the ‘ultra formal look’.
- If your event calls for it, you should not wear anything else!
What to wear on a Destination Wedding or a Cruise:
- Almost anything goes for a Destination Wedding… even a black tuxedo.
- Choosing vests with lighter colors is a wise choice.
- Many cruises will have a formal event when formal wear is appropriate.
- It may not be required, but it is suggested that you wear a tuxedo.
- Any black tuxedo will be suited for a cruise with the exception of tailcoats.
- Dinner jackets are great choices as well.
- If you have multiple formal wear nights on your cruise, consider a black tuxedo and a dinner jacket!