1. Black Tie
You hear this term a lot, but it’s not actually the most formal type of dress. Usually for an evening wedding, this means a long gown or dressy cocktail-type dress for women. You generally can’t go wrong with a little sparkle, as long as you don’t outshine the bride. If you’re not sure how dressy you should go, or how long or short they have in mind, ask a member of the wedding party.
For the guys, black tie usually means a tuxedo and white shirt, with a bow tie, vest, and cummerbund in black. Black shoes, preferably shiny patent leather, are encouraged. If it’s a summer wedding, black tuxedo pants and a white dinner jacket are usually acceptable. If you hear the term “creative black tie,” this usually means a little more flexibility in accessorizing your tux: a patterned tie or cummerbund, or colored shirt might be appropriate. Black tie dress code is one of the easiest to follow.