Coffee With Calluna

COFFEE WITH CALLUNA: UNDERSTANDING WEDDING DRESS CODES

Friday, October 19

This week, we are featuring a Q&A from our #CoffeeWithCalluna series, where we answer your questions about all things weddings, planning and style! We look forward to sharing our tips and tricks!

Want to have your questions answered? Send them to hello@callunaevents.com!

Xo, Calluna


“I’m wondering if you can explain the difference between wedding dress codes? I am not sure what to put on my wedding invitation and want my guests to have an idea of what to wear!”

This is a great question! We know it can get confusing sometimes, so we are happy to lay out how wedding attire is traditionally broken down.

White Tie: This is the most formal of wedding attire options, think tuxedos with a jacket and tails for men, and formal ball gowns for women.

Black Tie: This is the second most formal option after white tie – think a tuxedo for men, and a stylish cocktail dress of chic evening gown for the ladies.

Black Tie Optional (or Formal): This option is less formal than black tie, though still suggests black tie attire would be appropriate to wear. A tuxedo is still an option, though a dark suit and tie would be acceptable for men. For her, we would suggest a long evening dress or a more formal cocktail dress.

Cocktail: Cocktail attire can be interpreted in a few different ways, but normally implies men in suits and women in fun party dresses.

Beach or Garden Party Attire: Beach or garden party implies casual dress appropriate for heat or a spring/summer wedding. Think light summer suits for men, and fun sundresses for the ladies.

Photography | Jill Houser Photography