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Wedding Wear: Tips from a Tailor

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Wedding Wear: Tips from a Tailor

Author Kate Clements / Category Style / Published: Mar-23-2019

Spring has sprung, and so has wedding season! Get ready for the flurry of free meals, drunk dancing, and your partner asking when you think you'll say, "I do." Weddings are the perfect opportunity to dress nice, celebrate love, and do the Cupid Shuffle. If you don’t like weddings, then at least there’s alcohol! Anyway, to ensure you are the best kind of guest, here are some wedding etiquette tips from our fashion designer, Alexander Mars.

Spring has sprung, and so has wedding season! Get ready for the flurry of free meals, drunk dancing, and your partner asking when you think you'll say, "I do." Weddings are the perfect opportunity to dress nice, celebrate love, and do the Cupid Shuffle. If you don’t like weddings, then at least there’s alcohol! Anyway, to ensure you are the best kind of guest, here are some wedding etiquette tips from our fashion designer, Alexander Mars.


WHITE TIE & MORNING DRESS

Though you most likely will never go to a royal wedding, the two most formal wedding styles are White Tie and Morning Dress.

White Tie is as formal as it gets. It includes a very specific black tail coat over a white stitched shirt with a Marcella waist coat, white bow tie, high wasted black trousers, black patent leather shoes, top hat, and white scarf.

Morning Dress is the most formal version of day wear. It consists of what is called a Day Suit. This is acceptable wear for an incredibly formal day event, such as tea with the queen.

It is very uncommon for these styles to be expected at weddings and events because again, they are the highest form of formal wear in western culture.

WHITE TIE & MORNING DRESS

Though you most likely will never go to a royal wedding, the two most formal wedding styles are White Tie and Morning Dress.

White Tie is as formal as it gets. It includes a very specific black tail coat over a white stitched shirt with a Marcella waist coat, white bow tie, high wasted black trousers, black patent leather shoes, top hat, and white scarf.

Morning Dress is the most formal version of day wear. It consists of what is called a Day Suit. This is acceptable wear for an incredibly formal day event, such as tea with the queen.

It is very uncommon for these styles to be expected at weddings and events because again, they are the highest form of formal wear in western culture.

Though you most likely will never go to a royal wedding, the two most formal wedding styles are White Tie and Morning Dress.

White Tie is as formal as it gets. It includes a very specific black tail coat over a white stitched shirt with a Marcella waist coat, white bow tie, high wasted black trousers, black patent leather shoes, top hat, and white scarf.

Morning Dress is the most formal version of day wear. It consists of what is called a Day Suit. This is acceptable wear for an incredibly formal day event, such as tea with the queen.

It is very uncommon for these styles to be expected at weddings and events because again, they are the highest form of formal wear in western culture.

BLACK TIE

A moderately common dress code for weddings is Black Tie. This does not mean you need to wear a black tie, or a nice suit. Black tie means you better be wearing a tuxedo. If you show up to a black tie event wearing a suit, the other guests will assume you are part of the wait staff. One of the biggest mistakes made at black tie weddings, is the idea that this means you should wear black. NEVER wear black to a wedding. Black is reserved for funerals. It is a somber color meant for mourning. A wedding is a time to celebrate! Wear something with color. A nice midnight blue or charcoal gray is always stylish. When in doubt remember this tip from Alexander: Gentlemen in blue, waiters in black.

If you do not own a tuxedo yet, you should. Black Tie events are the types of events that you want to be invited to, as they generally have the highest level of networking opportunities available. Don’t get stuck being invited to a black tie event and having to scramble to find a cheaply made rental tuxedo. Buy your own tuxedo, you won’t be sorry.

BLACK TIE

WHITE TIE & MORNING DRESS

Though you most likely will never go to a royal wedding, the two most formal wedding styles are White Tie and Morning Dress.

White Tie is as formal as it gets. It includes a very specific black tail coat over a white stitched shirt with a Marcella waist coat, white bow tie, high wasted black trousers, black patent leather shoes, top hat, and white scarf.

Morning Dress is the most formal version of day wear. It consists of what is called a Day Suit. This is acceptable wear for an incredibly formal day event, such as tea with the queen.

It is very uncommon for these styles to be expected at weddings and events because again, they are the highest form of formal wear in western culture.

BLACK TIE

A moderately common dress code for weddings is Black Tie. This does not mean you need to wear a black tie, or a nice suit. Black tie means you better be wearing a tuxedo. If you show up to a black tie event wearing a suit, the other guests will assume you are part of the wait staff. One of the biggest mistakes made at black tie weddings, is the idea that this means you should wear black. NEVER wear black to a wedding. Black is reserved for funerals. It is a somber color meant for mourning. A wedding is a time to celebrate! Wear something with color. A nice midnight blue or charcoal gray is always stylish. When in doubt remember this tip from Alexander: Gentlemen in blue, waiters in black.

If you do not own a tuxedo yet, you should. Black Tie events are the types of events that you want to be invited to, as they generally have the highest level of networking opportunities available. Don’t get stuck being invited to a black tie event and having to scramble to find a cheaply made rental tuxedo. Buy your own tuxedo, you won’t be sorry.

BLACK TIE

A moderately common dress code for weddings is Black Tie. This does not mean you need to wear a black tie, or a nice suit. Black tie means you better be wearing a tuxedo. If you show up to a black tie event wearing a suit, the other guests will assume you are part of the wait staff. One of the biggest mistakes made at black tie weddings, is the idea that this means you should wear black. NEVER wear black to a wedding. Black is reserved for funerals. It is a somber color meant for mourning. A wedding is a time to celebrate! Wear something with color. A nice midnight blue or charcoal gray is always stylish. When in doubt remember this tip from Alexander: Gentlemen in blue, waiters in black.

If you do not own a tuxedo yet, you should. Black Tie events are the types of events that you want to be invited to, as they generally have the highest level of networking opportunities available. Don’t get stuck being invited to a black tie event and having to scramble to find a cheaply made rental tuxedo. Buy your own tuxedo, you won’t be sorry.

A moderately common dress code for weddings is Black Tie. This does not mean you need to wear a black tie, or a nice suit. Black tie means you better be wearing a tuxedo. If you show up to a black tie event wearing a suit, the other guests will assume you are part of the wait staff. One of the biggest mistakes made at black tie weddings, is the idea that this means you should wear black. NEVER wear black to a wedding. Black is reserved for funerals. It is a somber color meant for mourning. A wedding is a time to celebrate! Wear something with color. A nice midnight blue or charcoal gray is always stylish. When in doubt remember this tip from Alexander: Gentlemen in blue, waiters in black.

If you do not own a tuxedo yet, you should. Black Tie events are the types of events that you want to be invited to, as they generally have the highest level of networking opportunities available. Don’t get stuck being invited to a black tie event and having to scramble to find a cheaply made rental tuxedo. Buy your own tuxedo, you won’t be sorry.

"The only people that wear black suits are waiters or security. Gentlemen in blue, waiters in black."
- Alexander Mars

SEMI-FORMAL/COCKTAIL

Technically, in the world of traditional high fashion “semi-formal” is the same as Black Tie with tuxedos, but when you see it on a wedding invitation now, it usually means that a suit or at least a suit jacket is expected. If the wedding invite does not include a dress code, then it’s usually safe to assume that semi-formal is expected. Again make sure your suit is a color suitable (no pun intended) for a celebration. This means of course, no black. I know I’ve said this before, but you would be surprised by how many people wear black to a wedding. Don't. A business suit is not acceptable for a wedding either. A nice fitted midnight blue suit is your best bet for weddings.

Technically, in the world of traditional high fashion “semi-formal” is the same as Black Tie with tuxedos, but when you see it on a wedding invitation now, it usually means that a suit or at least a suit jacket is expected. If the wedding invite does not include a dress code, then it’s usually safe to assume that semi-formal is expected. Again make sure your suit is a color suitable (no pun intended) for a celebration. This means of course, no black. I know I’ve said this before, but you would be surprised by how many people wear black to a wedding. Don't. A business suit is not acceptable for a wedding either. A nice fitted midnight blue suit is your best bet for weddings.

TROPICAL/BEACH WEDDING

If you have had the wonderful opportunity to be invited to a destination wedding in the Caribbean, Bahamas, Mexico, or South America, you can probably figure out that you're not supposed to wear a tuxedo or suit. Traditionally, loose button up shirts, cotton pants/shorts, and a light sport coat are acceptable dress.

If you have had the wonderful opportunity to be invited to a destination wedding in the Caribbean, Bahamas, Mexico, or South America, you can probably figure out that you're not supposed to wear a tuxedo or suit. Traditionally, loose button up shirts, cotton pants/shorts, and a light sport coat are acceptable dress.

A NOTE:
CULTURALLY TRADITIONAL WEDDINGS

One important thing to note is that if the bride or groom are choosing to participate in their culture's specific dress/traditions, these types of traditional clothes are usually reserved for the wedding party only. For instance, if you attend a Scottish wedding please refrain from wearing a kilt unless you are a member of the wedding party. You might think it could be fun to dress in the traditional clothing, but if it hasn’t been approved, you could just end up looking foolish, or even racist. If you happen to have deep family roots in the specific culture (for example if you have a specific bloodline family crest and tartan pattern), then it is usually acceptable to wear the traditional clothing, but even then, ask first! There is one person you do NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES want to make angry, and that is the bride. So when in doubt just ask!

A NOTE:
CULTURALLY TRADITIONAL WEDDINGS

One important thing to note is that if the bride or groom are choosing to participate in their culture's specific dress/traditions, these types of traditional clothes are usually reserved for the wedding party only. For instance, if you attend a Scottish wedding please refrain from wearing a kilt unless you are a member of the wedding party. You might think it could be fun to dress in the traditional clothing, but if it hasn’t been approved, you could just end up looking foolish, or even racist. If you happen to have deep family roots in the specific culture (for example if you have a specific bloodline family crest and tartan pattern), then it is usually acceptable to wear the traditional clothing, but even then, ask first! There is one person you do NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES want to make angry, and that is the bride. So when in doubt just ask!


Happy wedding season, men! Remember, when in doubt ask the bride!
Catch you next time in the concrete jungle.

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